In a press release today Sam Brownback attacked Mitt Romney again. This time Brownback says that Romney is hostile towards scout leadership and principles. Brownback goes back to a 1994 debate with Ted Kennedy during a Senate race. In the debate Romney said, “I feel that all people should be allowed to participate in the Boy Scouts regardless of their sexual orientation.” According to Brownback, “Romney’s openness to gay scout leaders conflicts with the Scout Oath, which requires Scouts to be ‘morally straight.'” Brownback also accuses Romney of blocking Scouts from participating in the Winter Olympics in Utah. According to Brownback, “Later in 2000, facing pressure from gay rights activists, Romney was cold toward overtures from Scout leaders who wished to participate in Olympic activities.” Then Brownback confirms his own support for the Boy Scouts saying, “Senator Brownback has always supported the right of the Boy Scouts of America to determine the best leaders for young scouts.” Brownback offers people this video from the 1994 debate;
Kevin Madden, a spokesman for the Romney campaign responded by saying, “Some other campaigns will resort to negative attacks and distortions which is an unfortunate reflection on their campaignâ€™s conduct,â€ Madden added. â€œGovernor Romney has been a supporter of the Boy Scouts and has said he supports their right to decide scouting policies.â€ Well, SUPER!