An article has been making the rounds this week that captured the attention of party leaders across the state, at least if Evan Falhchuk’s Sponsored Content on Facebook is any indication. It’s about letting men into women’s restrooms and locker rooms. Governor Baker hasn’t given that his full-throated endorsement, so he got booed off the stage.
As for the new National Committeewoman, here’s a blast from the past from Massachusetts Family Institute:
“Representative-elect Orrall is on the record as being pro-life and pro-traditional marriage. She supports the definition of marriage and putting it on the ballot f
or the voters to decide, as well as opposing the flawed and dangerous “Bathroom Bill.” She has also stated her opposition to casino gambling and the use of taxpayer dollars for the “Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth Commission.”
This brings up an interesting dichotomy.
There are absolutely no votes to be had engaging these privilege activist groups. They are there to ensure their fair share of government funding for their privilege projects, and a high perch from which they can affect all other areas of public policy. One of those perches is the Youth Commission, which actively links to liberal advocacy groups like the MA Transgender Political Coalition and groups that push sexually explicit materials into schools like GLSEN. Our tax dollars at work.
The Youth Commission still exists, and in one of my own RMG articles I covered the moral inversion and fiscal nonsense of expanding special access contracting laws. Given this, what influences, if any, will the National Committeewoman – who by good fortune can introduce bills into the legislature to address this – have on the Governor’s priorities?
By contrast, the Massachusetts Family Institute is not an organization that welcomes new legislative representatives lightly. A huge portion of their supporters volunteer, contribute to, raise money for, and vote for Republicans. They are also not radicals, as evidenced by their own posting yesterday asking people call the governor’s office and thank him for being fair and balanced.
The path that originally got Representative Orrall elected is the better path for Republicans than the repeated attempts to court people who only find us useful when we cave to their radical agenda. Even when we do, they do not and will not vote for us.
The question is, now that she is in a national leadership position, will support for the agenda actual Republican voters want be stated boldly? She has both the ability to influence the law and the clout to advocate for it. She also has a duty to recruit challengers for the Democrats we know will oppose those initiatives.