His name is Scott Lively and he joined the Massachusetts Republican Party hardly eight months ago. Lively's extremist and inflammatory anti-LGBT rhetoric and activities make me ill to think he's going to try to get the state GOP to pay for professional circulators to gather 10,000 valid nomination signatures for his nomination for Governor.

It turns my stomach that someone like Lively would attempt to extort the credibility of the Republican Party and their resources.

Lively, who has appeared in a state-owned TV propaganda video, has linked Nazism to homosexuality writing that "homosexuals invented and ran the Nazi Party." He also takes credit for inspiring Ugandan laws that made homosexuality a crime punishable by death.

I see Lively's candidacy as both dangerous and poisonous to the body public. I understand in a free society, different points of view must receive fairness and open-mindedness, however, in my opinion, Lively's views are neither fair, equal or socially conservative.

Instead, they represent violence, intolerance, and bigotry. These extremist differences have no place in the Republican Party...period.

The Executive Committee of the State GOP will meet Feb. 20 to discuss scrapping party rules banning it from taking sides in primary fights. I am confident that they will pass a resolution by House minority leader Brad Jones that will put an end to the Lively issue.

By adopting this resolution, the Republicans will go on record opposing madness and injustice in my party.

Phil Paleologos is the morning host on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 6-10 a.m. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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