Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and his running mate Ken Ulman were endorsed by Equality Maryland on December 23, 2013. Here’s what they said:
Today Equality Maryland announced its endorsements in 37 races, including Maryland’s Gubernatorial race. “We are proud to put our support behind the Brown/Ulman ticket for Governor and Lieutenant Governor. After meeting with the three declared Democratic candidates, we believe that Anthony Brown and Ken Ulman will be the most effective Governor and Lieutenant Governor for Equality Maryland’s issues and for the citizens of Maryland,” comments the group’s Executive Director, Carrie Evans.
PAC Chair, Tim Williams, notes “Equality Maryland’s PAC has worked since 2006 to help elect individuals who will fight for LGBT equality. It is remarkable that seven years later, we have come to a point where all three Democratic candidates for Governor are enthusiastically supportive of LGBT issues.”
Earlier that month, on December 3, Brown-Ulman campaign manager Justin Schall was reimbursed $181.21 for an expenditure at Chick-Fil-A on Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia.
In 2012, Brown spoke at a minority business conference in Upper Marlboro that included Chick-Fil-A as a partner. If you’re living under a rock you may have missed the issues surrounding Chick-Fil-A and gay marriage and all that ensued. I won’t do a rehash of the details in this space. Needless to say, this is not the first time Anthony Brown has done something that would normally be a slap in the face to the gay rights community in Maryland had anyone else done it.
Last year, it was announced that the Brown campaign was using Barack Obama crony Jim Messina as a campaign consultant. In 2002, Messina created an ad about the opponent of Senator Max Baucus that has been called homophobic.
Liberal writer David Sirota wrote that ”the ad is considered the epitome of homophobic demagoguery” and asked the following question (emphasis added):
In their quest to promote themselves as political tough guys, did Sen. Max Baucus and President Obama’s campaign manager Jim Messina just admit to both crafting one of the most homophobic ads in American history and possibly committing a crime?
Even the Tories in England tried to spin their way around this issue (they were reacting to news coverage based on my original blog post), but Brown and Equality Maryland have not, even when Red Maryland asked them about it.
Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.
Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.