NOM Hearts Scott Brown



On the eve of the election for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, I (belatedly) wanted to let folks here know about my article from Saturday at Metro Weekly, “Massachusetts Robocalls“:

The National Organization for Marriage appears to be making automated telephone calls today in support of U.S. Senate candidate and Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown (R) and attacking his opponent, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley (D), for her strong pro-marriage equality position. Coakley is running an unexpectedly close race for the seat held by the late Senator Edward Kennedy (D), the election for which will be held Tuesday.

Longtime LGBT activist Mary Breslauer, a volunteer member of Coakley for Senate cabinet, this afternoon relayed a report received by the campaign:

“Our household just got an automated call from the ‘National Organization for Marriage,’ with a 202 area code. The auto call features a male voice, which is clearly a recording, asking if you support marriage as being only between a man and a woman. If you say ‘yes,’ then the voice urges you to vote for Scott Brown as the only candidate with a proven record of supporting marriage as between a man and a woman. The call says that his opponent is a ‘radical’ supporter of same-sex marriage who has opposed letting the people decide and has used taxpayer dollars to support the agenda of same-sex marriage. The call ends by asking if ‘we can count on you to vote for Scott Brown.’ The quality of the recording is mediocre at best.”

[UPDATE: NOM also apparently sent out a mass-e-mail on Monday urging support for Brown, per the DC Agenda.]

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