It was because Massachusetts Treasurer Steven Grossman was passing a kidney stone during the debate.
Grossman’s situation was so noticeable that it instantly inspired a parody Twitter account, @GrossmansStone. According to the account’s bio: “Consensus builder. Pragmatic progressive. Mostly mineral.”
According to his spokesperson, Chandra Allard, Grossman was in severe physical pain during the 90-minute debate. Allard told the Boston Globe that Grossman’s “pain-level was a 10 on a scale of 1-to-10” while he answered questions.
The debate was held at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square and there were seven other candidates. One of the independent candidates, anti-gay gubernatorial candidate Scott Lively, also caused some pained looks while sharing his agenda to “advance a Biblical world view.”
@JimiMack7 I know that I must fight to be a voice for those stones I left behind. If I don't, who will speak for them?— Grossman's Stone (@GrossmansStone) March 27, 2014
Other than Lively, all of the candidates voiced their support for Massachusetts’ LGBTQ community.