Will Tea Party play a role in Mass. Senate race?

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April 2, 2013, 6:54 pm
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(NECN: Alison King) - "Michael Sullivan looks like the perfect kind of guy that we want in office."

That coming from national Tea Party leader Lloyd Marcus, who is in Boston in the hopes of having an impact on Massachusetts special election Senate race.

As chair of the Conservative Campaign Committee, Marcus wants candidate Michael Sullivan to win the Republican primary and he's planning to raise a couple of 100-thousand dollars for radio and TV ads that he was filming in a Boston hotel room, to make it happen.

"He's a good family man, a good fiscal conservative, We like him," Marcus said.

But Marcus does not come without controversy.

The entertainer has participated in more than 400 Tea Party Express Rallies where he often performed alongside Sarah Palin.

Marcus is also a social conservative who, in his blog, calls gay activists "outrageously aggressive", "vicious and hell bent on focusing all of us... To say their behavior is normal."

I asked Michael Sullivan if he welcomed Marcus's support.

Sullivan responded, "I have no idea who this guy is. I couldn't even tell you what his message is. I don't know anything about it. Certainly, our campaign has no affiliation with it."

Sullivan, the only candidate in the race who does not support gay marriage, says he does support the repeal of DOMA, the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

Though Lloyd Marcus's campaign has been in the news in recent days, and Sullivan's campaign has responded publicly to questions about Marcus's support, Sullivan told me he knew nothing at all about Marcus or the controversy and therefore could not comment on calls, by his opponents, to denounce Marcus' support.

"Mike Sullivan needs to disavow. He needs to affirmatively say, with respect to this group that he rejects them," Republican candidate Dan Winslow said.

"I think this person's views are completely out of the mainstream of the people of Massachusetts," GOP hopeful Gabriel Gomez said.

As for Marcus, he says he was totally taken off guard by all the criticism.

His says his just finished radio ads have nothing to do with gay marriage, that he didn't even know Sullivan's stance on the issue and that he's sorry about any controversy this has caused his campaign.  

"I have gay family members... I don't hate anyone," he said.

Tags: tea party, Alison King, Lloyd Marcus, Dan Winslow, gabriel gomez, MA senate race, Michael Sullivan, Conservative Campaign Committe
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