Michael Brodkorb says marriage amendment is cynical MNGOP get-out-the-vote ploy
Are we sure this guy isn't a DFL double-agent?
According to Michael Brodkorb, the reason Minnesotans are being asked to enshrine a gay marriage ban into the state constitution this November isn't because of some paranoid concern about the sanctity of marriage or the family. Rather, it's all about election year politics.
Brodkorb, the disgraced former MNGOP big-wig who fell from power after his relationship with then-Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch came to light, was asked about the MNGOP's motivation for putting the amendment on the ballot during an interview with WCCO's Pat Kessler. Here's what he said: "It provided a turnout opportunity for Republicans."
Brodkorb's displeasure with Kurt Bills' U.S. Senate campaign is well documented, and during the 'CCO interview he connected the MNGOP's lackluster lot of U.S. Senate candidates with the marriage amendment drive.
"The belief was, the United States senate race was not going to be close, and that Republicans needed and social conservatives needed a reason to get to the polls in November," he said.
In the wake of Brodkorb's revelation, Minnesotans United for All Families released a statement blasting the MNGOP for its cynicism:
It's disappointing to hear this freedom-limiting amendment was pushed solely for political gain. Regardless, in just a few short weeks, Minnesotans are being forced to vote on whether we will permanently limit the freedom to marry for gay and lesbian couples in our state. This amendment doesn't represent our Minnesota values or what is best for our future, and we believe that Minnesotans will reject it.
Brodkorb, for what it's worth, says he will vote no on the marriage amendment. Of course, he and Amy Koch are disqualified from making the sanctity of marriage argument at this point.
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