As hearings on "don't ask, don't tell" continue, Republican Scott Brown is flashing some of his famous maverickiness by coming out in support of repeal, with a very nice, heartfelt statement.
"I have been in the military for 31 years and counting, and have served as a subordinate and as an officer. As a legislator, I have spent a significant amount of time on military issues. During my time of service, I have visited our injured troops at Walter Reed and have attended funerals of our fallen heroes. When a soldier answers the call to serve, and risks life or limb, it has never mattered to me whether they are gay or straight. My only concern has been whether their service and sacrifice is with pride and honor."
Brown adds that his support for repeal is contingent on its being "implemented only when the battle effectiveness of the forces is assured and proper preparations have been completed," but it sounds like he's a go. Republican senators Susan Collins and Richard Lugar have also signaled that they'll vote against a filibuster if the amendment process is open and fair. Joe Lieberman whose passionate advocacy for ending DADT has to give his liberal critics some new, strange feelings continues to insist he has 60 votes. It's unclear where DADT fits in to the Senate's plans, however, since all 42 Republicans have signed a letter pledging to filibuster everything until it finishes dealing with Bush tax cuts and the government-funding bill.
Scott Brown comes out in favor of DADT repeal [Plum Line/WP]