Talk about passive-aggressive family behavior! Scott Walker's son, Alex was a witness in a gay marriage ceremony recently.
(Apparently during the week when Wisconsin couples rushed to get married until judge Barbara Crabb put the breaks on them and stayed JB VanHollen's appeal.)
Young Walker's behavior drew the spotlight back on his dad's refusal to discuss gay marriage (as if he had never been an absolutely unapologetic opponent of marriage equality) that isn't fooling anyone.
Somehow, as a candidate against Gwen Moore, his opinion counted on the subject. As a candidate for his first run at the Governor's seat, his opinion counted. As Milwaukee County Executive, his opposition was clear. But NOW, as Governor, he has nothing to say about it...and he's sticking to his story.
"Asked June 12 if he were rethinking his views on gay marriage, the first-term Republican governor — and possible presidential contender — said: "No, I'm just not stating one at all."You don't suppose the polls that show a giant shift in attitude have anything to do with that, do you?
Republicans are taking a very uncomfortable inventory within their ranks about that one. Some, who found themselves not so scandalized about marriage equality on a personal level are left working for candidates who have and still are, outspoken opponents of gay marriage.
In Racine county, GOP Senate candidates, Jonathan Steitz and Van Wanggaard have repeated their opposition numerous times. Robin Vos is against marriage equality - as if anything he has to say about the institution of marriage at all should be taken seriously. Paul Ryan has been equally clear, too.
Scott Walker is pretending like it isn't a state matter for him to decide - a laughable defense - and his fellow GOP ticketmates are following suit (except for Glenn Grothman, naturally). But marriage equality is a state issue - mostly because Republicans made it so by putting it on the ballot in 2006.
Now their issue has come home to roost. Eight years later, people don't feel the same way, in large part because they have sons and daughters who don't think institutionalized discrimination is very cool - like Scott Walker son does.
The koolaid drinkers in the GOP will give Walker as pass on his silence - because they have to - and they aren't so dedicated to marriage equality that they will withhold their votes for him, even though they should.
Independents, the five or six of them around, won't see his silence as very inspiring. They will see it as the cop-out it is. This includes the real anti-gay faction who want to see Walker stick to his guns.
His capitulation is not endearing to them at all.
Mary Burke has been forthright and outspoken on the issue - one almost might say on gay marriage, she has been rather unintimated.