Ok. People do change their minds. They evolve, as President Obama has said about his position on gay marriage. But if you change your mind, you need to actually change your mind, not just kinda change it because it is politically expedient.
We have all known for years that Representative Stephen Lynch is against abortion. He has famously referred to himself as a pro-life Democrat. And unlike the pro-choice Republicans, the Democratic party has not run him out of town. But, that is not a winning position outside of his Southie constituency. He is one of them and, so far, that has been enough to keep him in Congress. Lynch now says that abortion should be legal but rare. So today the Boston Globe ran this story
US Representative Stephen F. Lynch, who has consistently described himself as an antiabortion legislator, said Monday that he believes abortion is a constitutionally protected right and that as a US senator he would actively oppose antiabortion nominees to the Supreme Court.
Forces on both sides of the issue charge that Lynch is shifting his stance as he tries to expand beyond his socially conservative political base in South Boston to a liberal statewide primary.
“He’s trying to have it both ways,” said Megan Amundson, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, a group backing abortion rights.
Anne Fox, president of Massachusetts Citizens for Life, the state’s leading antiabortion group, pointed out that when Lynch was representing South Boston in the state Senate, he had a 100 percent voting record from her group. When he ran for Congress in 2001, her group mailed out postcards urging voters to support him.
Now, Lynch is vowing to protect Roe v. Wade.
“Apparently, that’s what they think they’re supposed to do, politicians with their eyes on higher office, at least in Massachusetts,” Fox said.
It seems that no one is happy with him now.
To give Lynch some credit, he voted against Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood noting that the work they do helps reduce the number of abortions.
But Mr. Lynch, you need to do better than
“I don’t oppose it. I accept, I guess.” – Feb. 4, 2013, Globe interview, speaking of Roe v. Wade.
Interesting move against an opponent, Representative Ed Markey, who has been publically pro-choice since 1983. But I think Lynch may reflect the confusion of a lot of voters. As I said, it will be interesting.
- Congressman Stephen Lynch launches campaign for Senate seat (boston.com)
- Lynch wants to succeed Kerry in U.S. Senate (patriotledger.com)
- Stephen Lynch enters Democratic primary in Massachusetts Senate special election (dailykos.com)
- Rep. Steven Lynch announces candidacy for MA senate seat (patriotledger.com)
- Is Stephen Lynch Too Conservative To Win In Massachusetts? (buzzfeed.com)
- The Caucus: Markey and Lynch Vie to Replace Kerry in Massachusetts (thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com)