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We have a little Mitt Romney Watch round up this AM…

Justice rules to expedite Mitt’s suit to override legislature

Associate Justice Judith A. Cowin ruled yesterday that Governor Mitt Romney’s battle to put the marriage rights of gays and lesbians up for a public vote will continue on to the full state Supreme Court on December 20, with Mitt hoping a decision will be made for maximum 2008 PR before he leaves office in January. What a mean-spirited, petty man. (Reuters): 

Angry that state lawmakers refused to act this month on the ballot question by agreeing to recess before taking a critical vote, Romney, who will leave office in January, said state legislators have a history of denying voters the right to speak on initiatives they launched.

The suit charges that state lawmakers have refused to follow five of the six initiative amendments that citizens proposed in the last 24 years. It asks the court to force state lawmakers to vote in this legislative session or order Galvin to put the question on the ballot in 2008. 

…For the proposal to get on the ballot, however, at least 50 state lawmakers would have to approve it in the current legislative session and one more time before the general election in 2008.

By voting 109 to 87 in November to recess until January 2, 2007, the last day of the 2005-2006 session, the Democrat-controlled body seemed to have all but killed the proposal in this session.


Gary Bauer tries to make the fundie case for Mitt

Sensing that his fundie brethren are a tad cool to prez hopeful Mitt Romney’s Mormonism (after all, most of them believe his religion is a cult), failed presidential candidate Gary Bauer tries to spin a way for the sheeple to accept the, let’s say, non-traditional “Christian” soon-to-be former Massachusetts governor. (AgapePress):

Gary Bauer, president of American Values, says Romney’s theology has no bearing on his ability to be president. “I think when it comes to political races, we need to go on the basis of the issues rather than theology,” says the outspoken conservative Christian.

Meanwhile, as Lurleen noted in the comments of another thread, Mitt has a little immigrant issue that’s bubbled up that won’t make Gary and the Freepi that Romney’s courting happy.

“My view is that voting for president ought to be done on the issues,” he continues. “There are all kinds of people out there that I have deep theological differences of opinion with, but I might be willing to vote for them for senator or Congress or president, depending on the circumstances and who they were running against.”

Bauer says he is not concerned that Romney would possibly use the White House to advance LDS theology. “I don’t know how he would do that,” the American Values leader states. “I think the public and the media would be on him in a second if he did anything that promoted his particular faith. And, in fact, I think he would be very hesitant to even appoint other Mormons to his cabinet.”

According to an LA Times/Bloomberg poll in July, 37% polled would not vote for a Mormon presidential candidate. That’s what Gary’s concerned about.

Some branches of Christianity do not embrace the Mormon Church. On its website, the Southern Baptist Convention includes Mormonism in a section called “cults, sects and new religious movements.” Kenyn Cureton, a vice president of the Baptist convention, says his church does not regard Mormons as Christians.

“They are not orthodox in their beliefs,” Cureton said. “They have additional books that they add to the Bible, which evangelical Christians believe is God’s word. They believe that there are many, many gods and that you too can become a god in your own world. It sounds good, but unfortunately it is not based on sound teaching.”

While Gary’s working hard for Mitt on the fundie front, it looks like he and the Freepi might have a little problem with what commenter Lurleen noted in another thread — Mr. Tough Talking on the Brown MenaceTM has a little immigrant yard worker issue that’s blowing up in his face today. Read on.The Boston Globe’s report, Illegal immigrants toiled for governor, won’t win any friends in Mitt’s 2008 crew.

As Governor Mitt Romney explores a presidential bid, he has grown outspoken in his criticism of illegal immigration. But, for a decade, the governor has used a landscaping company that relies heavily on workers like these, illegal Guatemalan immigrants, to maintain the grounds surrounding his pink Colonial house on Marsh Street in Belmont.

The Globe recently interviewed four current and former employees of Community Lawn Service with a Heart, the tiny Chelsea-based company that provides upkeep of Romney’s property. All but one said they were in the United States illegally.

The employees told the Globe that company owner Ricardo Saenz never asked them to provide documents showing their immigration status and knew they were illegal immigrants.

“He never asked for papers,” said Rosales, who said he had paid smugglers about $5,000 to take him across the US-Mexican border and settled in Chelsea.

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