August 19, 2012Boston Globe - Ray Flynn’s pitch to Catholics
With his working-class roots, former Boston Mayor Ray Flynn definitely stands for the average guy. He’s also a pro-life Democrat, who once served as US ambassador to the Vatican.
The combination explains the true value of his television ad endorsing Republican Senator Scott Brown over Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warrren. Flynn describes Brown as “a regular guy . . . honest . . . hardworking . . . an independent voice . . . a person you can work with.” For those who know Flynn’s history, that ad packs a lot of symbolism into a short pitch.
Catholics are not monolithic in their thinking, but they represent a constituency Brown is actively courting — and winning, according to some polling data. In a May blog post on CommonWealthMagazine.org, Steve Koczela, president of Mass Inc. Polling Group, noted that 44 percent of Massachusetts voters identify as Catholic — and that Brown had a seven-point edge with them over Warren. He had a lower level of support among Catholic women, where he was tied with Warren, according to the Mass Inc. data.