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Here is One I didn’t See Coming

In 2008 Presidential Elections, local news, politics on October 24, 2008 by Editor Z


A steady stream of current and mostly former Republican leaders have publicly declared their support for Democratic Presidential Candidate Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill). Here is one that I didn’t see coming this week, former Massachusetts Governor and one time Mitt Romney backer Governor William F Weld (R-MA). (H/T: Alan Colmes)

Boston.com:

Weld held a press conference in Salem, N.H. to announce his endorsement. While Massachusetts is a slam dunk for Obama, neighboring New Hampshire is a competitive state.

“Senator Obama is a once-in-a-lifetime candidate who will transform our politics and restore America’s standing in the world,” Weld said in a statement. “We need a president who will lead based on our common values and Senator Obama demonstrates an ability to unite and inspire. Throughout this campaign I’ve watched his steady leadership through trying times and I’m confident he is the best candidate to move our country forward.”

Weld was an immensely popular Governor in the state of Massachusetts. His brand of moderate to liberal social positions and moderate fiscal conservatism was very popular and were no doubt a part up until 2006, a series of Massachusetts Republican Governors in the Bay State of the same ideological stripe. He was pro-choice, one of the first pro-gay rights Governors in the country, and was pro-medical marijuana.

And to make him even better he pissed off Jesse Helms at one time. Massachusetts Republicans are a scarce brand, especially these days and Massachusetts is to liberals and Democrats what Utah is to conservatives and Republicans. Obama will win the state hands down. But this is no doubt another crossover amidst many for Obama.

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