Log Cabin Republicans, Friend or Foe?
A little talked about and largely unknown PAC, Log Cabin Republicans, is quietly working to bring homosexuals into the GOP. Log Cabin Republicans is the first and largest organization created to advance the interests of the gay and lesbian community within the Republican party.
The group’s stated mission reads as follows:
“Its membership shall advocate and support candidates, activities or initiatives which provide equal rights under law to persons who are gay or lesbian, promote nondiscrimination against or harassment of persons who are gay or lesbian, and encourage participation in the Republican Party by gay and lesbian Americans.”
Seems benign enough, but is this a winning strategy? Is the risk of alienating the much larger social conservative constituency worth a few social liberal votes. The numbers are quite clear, less than 22% of homosexuals voted for Romney in the last presidential election.
Log Cabin Republicans claim to be broadening the ‘base’, making the ‘tent’ more inclusive. But can they make the sale? In my estimation it seems not. The group claims to have a growing membership but offers little proof to back the claim. That being said, this PAC has been around a while, say circa 1977.
The group uses Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation equality message as their own, attempting to equate the slavery to the LGBT movement. I find this as an insult to our country’s history.
Some History: In 1992 the LCR voted to deny endorsement of President George H.W.Bush because he refused to denounce ‘anti-gay’ rhetoric at the 1992 Republican National Convention.
In 1999, presidential candidate Bob Dole returned the LCR’s $500 campaign contribution.
Due to his support of the Federal Marriage Amendment, LCR declined to endorse the re-election of G.W. Bush in 2004.
In 2008, LCR voted to endorse John McCain for president.
2010: LCR files lawsuit in federal court challenging “Don’t ask, Don’t tell”
And in 2012, LCR voted to endorse Mitt Romney, despite Mitt’s stance on gay marriage. In a public statement, LCR said it supported Romney due to the “gravity of the economic and national security issues currently at stake.” So basically they put their agenda on hold for more pressing issues.
Some of it’s elected members in Congress may surprise you, others won’t.
Senator Kelly Ayotte (NH)
Senator Susan Collins (ME)
Senator Jeff Flake (AZ) @JeffFlake
Senator Orrin Hatch (UT) @SenOrrinHatch
Senator Dean Heller (NV) @SenDeanHeller
Senator Mark Kirk (IL) @SenatorKirk
Senator John McCain (AZ) @SenJohnMcCain
Senator Lisa Murkowski (AK) @lisamurkowski
Senator Rob Portman (OH) @robportman
Senator Pat Toomey (PA) @SenToomey
Congressman Charles Dent (PA) @DentforCongress
Congressman Chris Gibson (NY) @RepChrisGibson
Congressman Michael Grimm (NY) @repmichaelgrimm
Congressman Richard Hanna (NY) @RepRichardHanna
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL) @RosLehtinen
Congressman Jon Runyun (NJ) @RepJonRunyan
If you follow my other articles, you will see a pattern with some of these Senators and Congressmen and may recognize some of the same names appear to be involved with the Main street Republican Partnership. This is the third in a series of reports on PAC’s and their membership. Its time to shed light on these often shady groups and their financiers.
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