Aug 31, 2012 6:57 PM GMT
Somebody handed Micky some smelling salts at the last minute, and now it's a standing-eight count for Scott Brown!
Lowell (Mass.) SunMill City ring king Micky Ward found himself backed into a corner Thursday when word trickled out that he was supporting U.S. Senator Scott Brown’s re-election campaign.
It started with a tweet from Republican National Convention in Florida. Then came word from Brown’s camp that the Wrentham Republican would be making an appearance Friday morning at Ward’s favorite gym, Forever Fitness in Chelmsford.
Reached on his cell, Ward said he admired Brown’s spirit and respected the way he could “go out there and listen and talk like a guy who is positive and wants to do right by us.”
Fingers struck keyboard and within minutes a brief story about Ward’s endorsement of Brown was ready for The Sun’s Friday edition and lowellsun.com.
But hold the phone.
Roughly a half-hour after Ward confirmed he was backing Brown, ‘The Fighter’ called back. He said he had given his endorsement a little more thought.
“I can’t support Scott Brown,” Ward said. “I just can’t do it.”
Within 30 minutes, Ward either did some Googling or someone close to him reminded him about where Brown stood on some hot-button political topics.
“I found out Scott (Brown) is anti-union and I’m a Teamster guy,” said Ward. “I found out he’s also against gay marriage and I say if you love someone you should have the same rights no matter who you are.”
Ward is right. Brown was an opponent of gay marriage during his stint in the state Senate. Once he reached the national stage, Brown softened a little bit, voting to end the military’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy. Gay marriage is a topic that Brown’s camp has largely avoided, answering questions about the Senator’s stance with the response that the matter is settled in Massachusetts.