Scott Lively, the Springfield-based anti-gay activist on trial for the persecution of LGBT people in Uganda, has reportedly announced that he is running for Governor of Massachusetts. Yesterday the blog Conservative Patriotreprinted an email from Mr. Lively in which Mr. Lively allegedly states:
After long contemplation and prayer I am convinced that I should run for Governor of Massachusetts. I will run as an independent.
The Christians and conservatives of this state need a candidate who can clearly and unapologetically articulate Biblical values without fear or compromise. They need a candidate who will tell the simple truth that abortion is murder, and homosexuality is condemned by God (but that Jesus forgives and heals those who repent). That parents and not the state have authority over their children, because government is our servant and not our master. That socialism is slavery and humanism breeds corruption. But mostly they need a leader who will remind the people that Massachusetts was founded upon Jesus Christ and the Bible and that our future security and prosperity depend on restoring our trust in Him. “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!” Psalm 33:12.
Mr. Lively’s decision is sure to delight Democrats and radical-right social conservatives, but will not be welcome news to mainstream Republicans; a Scott Lively candidacy will peel away radical-right votes and other support that otherwise would have gone to the Republican candidate.
Radical-right voters in Massachusetts were so desperate for someone like Mr. Lively to vote for in the 2010 gubernatorial election that some of them advocated writing in Mr. Lively’s name instead of voting for the Republican candidate, Charlie Baker. Mr. Baker is the Republican front-runner for the 2014 election as well. As Brian Camenker of MassResistance said in 2010:
Lively is everything that Charlie Baker is not. He is principled, pro-family, pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-2nd-amendment, pro-religion, pro-parents’ rights, and utterly fearless.
Imagine the increased enthusiasm this year among Mr. Camenker’s radical-right cohort to campaign for Mr. Lively — and peel away votes from Mr. Baker — if Mr. Lively really becomes a declared candidate. By becoming a spoiler, Mr. Lively increases the probability that Massachusetts will elect another pro-LGBT equality, pro-choice Democratic governor.
Update (11 am): I have received email confirmation from Scott Lively (below) that he is indeed running for governor in 2014.
Update 2: Mr. Lively has posted on his website a press release announcing his candidacy.
Cross-posted at Blue Mass Group.