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Former mayor Flynn voices support for Brown, Romney

Former Boston Mayor Ray Flynn reaffirmed his support for US Senator Scott Brown’s reelection and former Governor Mitt Romeny’s presidential bid during a television interview aired over the weekend.

Flynn, former US ambassador to the Vatican, is a Democrat. But his support for the two Massachusetts Republicans is not new. He backed Brown over Attorney General Martha Coakley in 2010 and he backed Romney in the New Hampshire primary.

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“I support Scott Brown strongly,” Flynn told Jon Keller on WBZ-TV, in an interview that aired Sunday. “He adds a dimension to what is necessary, needed in the United States Senate. A bipartisan voice, one who is going to place the interests of all the people, not just Republicans, in center.”

Flynn also wrote a very supportive letter to Brown last month, amid the controversy over Brown’s support for a measure that would have allowed employers to restrict health coverage for procedures that go against their moral beliefs.

“I find it outrageous that anyone in a position of public trust would trample on the conscience of people of religious beliefs,” Flynn wrote in March 1 letter, in which he praised Brown’s “steadfast leadership.”

During the Sunday interview, Flynn also showered praise on Romney. “I support Mitt Romney as well because I think he provides that kind of expertise that is going to help move the economy forward, provide jobs,” he said. “Middle class in America are really hurting.”

Noah Bierman can be reached at nbierman@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @noahbierman.
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