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Is socially progressive Republicanism a big selling point these days?

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So I voted today* (DC has this amazing vote in-person-absentee through the day before the election policy). And on the way into the DC Board of Elections headquarters, someone handed me a flier for Patrick Mara, who’s running for DC Council. The blurb about Mara on the flier, excerpted from a Washington Post article, read:

Mara’s priorities are school reform, fiscal responsibility, transparency in government and better regional cooperation. A socially progressive Republican, Mr. Mara favors same-sex marriage and supports a woman’s right to choose whether to have an abortion.

Odd, no? I mean, while it sent my heart all aflutter that such a creature exists, I can’t help but wonder about the relevance of Mara’s position on same-sex marriage and abortion rights to serving on DC council I don’t imagine those topics come up much in attending to city business.  So why include it on campaign literature? It seems like the kind of information that would seem ancillary to many, a small incentive to a few, and yet carry the potential to turn off even more. The information certainly made me like Mara more, but I was planning on voting for him anyway.

* One Democrat, two Republicans, one Libertarian

[Update: Okay, I guess I don’t really know much at all about what the DC Council does, because apparently gay marriage is an issue of relevance to council members].


Written by Elizabeth

November 3, 2008 at 11:02 pm

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  1. Yes, because socially progressive but fiscally responsible Republicans means brilliance!

    Malnurtured Snay

    November 3, 2008 at 11:21 pm

  2. Haha, well, I’m prone to agree with you. I just didn’t realize DC was so brilliant.


    November 3, 2008 at 11:32 pm

  3. Sure. If the GOP opens itself up to some ideological diversity (i.e., letting candidates tailor themselves more to the areas in which they run), then I’d imagine that being a socially progressive a Republican would pick up some currency, as it were.


    November 4, 2008 at 3:36 pm

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