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U.S. Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) in the closet about his opinion piece in gay newspaper

I received my Brown for Senate Weekly Update e-mail this morning, which is a “weekly campaign wrap-up” intended to “keep you up-to-date with the happenings on the campaign trail”. Today’s e-mail describes campaign-related events from last week.

Curiously absent from the list of items the Brown campaign chose to highlight was the senator’s guest opinion published last week in Bay Windows, a weekly newspaper serving New England’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities.

In his guest opinion Sen. Brown referred to LGBT-related legislation as “pet projects” and said that “I don’t come before you with a checklist of items promising that I will be an advocate for you on each and every one of them.”

Judging by readers’ comments on the Bay Windows website, Sen. Brown’s message was not favorably received except by the astroturfer Maria Sanchez / Steven Miller / Jen Smith likely posting from the same e-mail address.

Today’s Weekly Update e-mail informed me that “Scott penned a guest op-ed in the Lowell Sun entitled ‘I Support Secure Communities'”, and provided a link. It also highlighted and linked to newspaper articles about the senator published last week in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette and the Fall River Herald News. But there was no mention of his Bay Windows guest opinion.

The Lowell Sun op-ed and the articles that are highlighted today’s Weekly Update e-mail are also all prominently featured on the Articles page of Brown’s campaign website. But not the Bay Windows guest opinion.

The Bay Windows guest opinion represented a noteworthy departure for Brown, who has a reputation for avoiding the LGBT press and discussion of LGBT-related legislation. Thus the campaign’s choice to remain silent in today’s Weekly Update e-mail about this historic guest opinion leaves voters questioning whether the guest opinion was anything more than a poor attempt by Sen. Brown to pander to LGBT and allied constituents.

Brown’s key democratic challenger, Elizabeth Warren, supports civil rights for LGBT people and vows to “be a leader for equal rights for all in the U.S. Senate” if elected this November.

* U.S. Sen. Scott Brown to LGBTs: You’ll Get No Promises from Me

Cross-posted at Blue Mass Group.

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