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  •  Smells like electoral suicide (11+ / 0-)

    I'm not an Open Secrets expert, but someone might want to hop over there and see if there are any suspicious donations to account for this sudden reversal. Follow the money and all that.

    What about political blackmail, or even some sort of quid pro quo? I just can't believe that a guy who worked so hard to get the support of the grass roots community would flush it all away on a single vote, no matter what the people in his church were asking him to do.

    Of course he is a politician so...

    The only difference between (Mitt) Romney and George W. Bush is that Romney hasn't destroyed the American economy, yet - MoT

    by Herodotus Prime on Mon Feb 20, 2012 at 12:02:48 PM PST

    •  It makes no sense (10+ / 0-)

         Last year, the anti-equality elements targeted a few swing votes to stop the bill. Obviously Arora was one of their targets, even though he'd OVERTLY been a supporter of equality up to that point. He wasn't a Mike Miller-type, an "I'm not all that big on this bill but I guess it's the right thing to do". He was an enthusiastic advocate.

        You wouldn't think he'd be someone the right would focus on if they wanted to stop equality. But they did, and he complied.

        There's something BIG behind all this.

      "Le ciel est bleu, l'enfer est rouge."

      by Buzzer on Mon Feb 20, 2012 at 12:10:18 PM PST

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    •  On blackmail... (7+ / 0-)

      which is speculated by others, could the opponents have something so damaging that the combined force of O'Malley, Clinton and McAuliffe and his own supporters couldn't have overcome rallied around it to overcome it?

      Could he not have leveled with O'Malley et al, and asked for help?

      If he had a secret, he may have saved it, but tanked a promising career.

      •  It would have to be really salacious (1+ / 0-)
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        I personally can't think of anything damaging enough to pull this sort of about face, especially when you've got a lot of political muscle on your side.

        Of course, I don't have the most active imagination :p

        The only difference between (Mitt) Romney and George W. Bush is that Romney hasn't destroyed the American economy, yet - MoT

        by Herodotus Prime on Mon Feb 20, 2012 at 12:25:01 PM PST

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        •  It may be it wasn't HIS secret (0+ / 0-)

          Maybe a secret a family member or loved one had that would be outed if he voted yes... but again, why blow him up when the measure had the votes to pass?  Did the blackmailer not know they had 21 votes without his help?

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          by madhaus on Mon Feb 20, 2012 at 09:37:51 PM PST

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      •  A Secret - So What (3+ / 0-)

        If someone were blackmailing him he would have been better off letting them do so.  He had some very powerful friends who could have helped him weather the storm.

        My thought is he never really did agree with equality - he played everyone to win the seat with the assumption they would forget one vote in a few years.

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