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Log Cabin Republicans Endorse 'Maverick' John McCain for President

The Log Cabin Republicans endorsed John McCain for president today following a 12-2 vote by the group's national board of directors, Roll Call reports:

Bigtent"The Log Cabin Republicans, the leading group of gay Republicans, is announcing today that it is endorsing presumptive GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (Ariz.). The nod is significant not just because it allows the party a semblance of unity between its socially conservative and moderate wings but also because Log Cabin is announcing its decision earlier than it has in any recent presidential election...Four years ago, the group made its non-endorsement by the end of September. In 2000 and 1996, the group endorsed Bush and former Sen. Robert Dole (R-Kan.), respectively, after the GOP conventions. Today marks Log Cabin’s 'Big Tent' party in St. Paul, Minn., one of several events the group is hosting this week."

MccainsecretOne has to wonder who exactly might be under that tent given the RNC platform.

UPDATE: Here's a shot of the LCR 'Big Tent' event taken by Dan Savage. Plenty of empty seats.

This is a candidate who doesn't even know what the acronym LGBT stands for. He also doesn't believe gays are fit to adopt children, supports a ban on gays in the military, is worried if his clothing looks too gay, isn't sure if condoms stop the spread of HIV, thinks same-sex marriage ceremonies are okay as long as they're just pretend, and has promised right-wing religious groups that he'll start speaking out more vocally against LGBT causes.

Said LCR President Patrick Sammon in a press release: "On the most important issue that LGBT Americans faced in the last decade—the federal marriage amendment—Sen. John McCain stood with us. Now we stand with him. Sen. McCain is an inclusive Republican who is focusing the GOP on unifying core principles that appeal to independent voters. Sen. McCain showed courage by bucking his own party’s leadership and the president—twice voting against the amendment. He gave an impassioned speech on the Senate floor, calling the amendment 'antithetical in every way to the core philosophy of Republicans.' He paid a political price for his vote...In recent years, too many Republican politicians have used divisive social issues in an effort to win elections. Sen. McCain is a different kind of Republican..."

SammonPatrick Sammon statement CONTINUED...

"...He understands the GOP lost its majority in Congress in 2006 largely because the Party focused on divisive social issues. Sen. McCain knows the politics of fear and division will damage our Party and our nation so he’s focusing the GOP on unifying core principles such as limited government, fiscal responsibility, and a strong national defense. We have honest disagreements with Sen. McCain on a number of gay rights issues. Log Cabin will continue our conversation with him and other Republican leaders about issues affecting gay and lesbian Americans. We will speak out when there’s disagreement—either during the upcoming campaign or when John McCain is President...Sen. McCain has always shown a willingness to reach out and engage in dialogue with Log Cabin, while considering all sides of an issue. We know that will continue when he is President. Progress in the fight for LGBT equality requires support from both Republicans and Democrats. Log Cabin’s endorsement of Sen. McCain will ensure our community has a strong voice making the case for gay rights to John McCain when he is President...I expect Sen. McCain will receive strong support from gay and lesbian Americans. LGBT people are not single-issue voters. Gay rights issues are a critical part of the equation, but so are many other issues impacting our daily lives—foreign policy, the economy, jobs, energy policy, health care reform, and taxes. Gay and lesbian Republicans believe Sen. John McCain is the most qualified person to lead our country."

Said Log Cabin Board Chairman Pete Kingma: "Log Cabin Republicans is a grassroots organization and our membership overwhelmingly supports endorsing Sen. McCain. Our board and staff members have spent recent months getting input and feedback from our members. The consensus among our members is strongly in favor of an endorsement because of his inclusive record. Our members also support him because he’s a maverick; a trait most recently on display with his decision to select Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate."

In June, it was reported that McCain had been holding 'secret meetings' with the group.

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  1. Meanwhile, a flock of chickens announced they'll be eating dinner tonight at KFC.

    Posted by: crispy | Sep 2, 2008 3:07:33 PM

  2. Not surprising... yet still I would have hoped there would be a higher standard.

    Posted by: Daspion | Sep 2, 2008 3:08:44 PM

  3. Just to be clear, the Log Cabin organization exists basically to get its members jobs in high-priced lobbying firms. This is on par with many other so-called "advocacy groups". These endorsements are fig leafs.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 2, 2008 3:20:59 PM

  4. What a bunch of self-loathing M*****f*ckers. Un-f ing-believable.
    Fortunately their aren't enough of them to really make a difference.

    It reminds me of high school when you try to fit in with the "cool crowd" and they just don't want to be seen with you. But the certainly will ask you for help with homework when they need it and promise you that they will let you into their clique and then they don't. If anything they go out of their way to embarrass you. (oh wait uh, I think I said too much. Uh never-mind)

    Forget what I said

    You go girls! You Log Cabin Republicans you!!!

    Posted by: K | Sep 2, 2008 3:26:04 PM

  5. Denial isn't just a river in Egypt.

    Posted by: Alex Parrish | Sep 2, 2008 3:26:23 PM

  6. Well, the McCain they describe sounds a lot more with it than one we're dealing with these days.

    Posted by: Yeek | Sep 2, 2008 3:28:38 PM

  7. I hope the above comment on members really being hopefuls for lobbying groups is true. Because if they truly believed what they were saying, I'm concerned for their self-esteem.

    Posted by: Rodney | Sep 2, 2008 3:29:54 PM

  8. Patrick Sammon is an ASS! A TRAITOR to ALL LGBT peoples of America/as well as free thinking Americans!

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Sep 2, 2008 3:31:08 PM

  9. If only there was a party that was socially tolerant and in favor of economic freedom. Oh well.

    Posted by: Tim | Sep 2, 2008 3:31:19 PM

  10. The only thing I'll give these morons credit for is having to balls to go public with their idiotic, self-loathing views.

    And gosh, I wonder how long it will take for this thread to fill up with claims that being gay doesn't mean being liberal. YES IT DOES.

    Posted by: Paul R | Sep 2, 2008 3:31:56 PM

  11. and Patrick Sammon..Don't ever let me run into you/or meet you...cause' I'd have to slap the shit out of U ..and well, being republican..there's alot of shit to slap out of U!

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Sep 2, 2008 3:33:28 PM

  12. Log Cabin Republicans: Analogous to black Klansmen or Jewish Nazis! How pathetic!

    Posted by: Wren | Sep 2, 2008 3:36:37 PM

  13. Crispy


    I almost peed myself from laughing so hard. LOL

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Sep 2, 2008 3:37:57 PM

  14. "...but so are many other issues impacting our daily lives—foreign policy, the economy, jobs, energy policy, health care reform, and taxes."

    How presumptuous of them to think they know what is important to me. All the topics listed above are exactly why I would not vote for McCain.

    Posted by: Mark in NYC | Sep 2, 2008 3:39:38 PM

  15. LCR are so pathetic. I used to date one, and he was a total bundle of self-hating contradictions. I got out of his life, fast.

    Posted by: john | Sep 2, 2008 3:43:42 PM

  16. Why can't the LCRs, who are gay Republicans, declare

    1) their support for limited government, strong defense and other non-gay related policy positions;


    2) declare their opposition to anti-gay policies in the GOP platform, and explain how they believe they are incompatible with other Republican principles?

    It is pointless to constantly rubber-stamp the leadership every four years. Sure, they deserved kudos for opposing George Bush in 2004, the first time they ever withheld their endorsement from a party presidential candidate. Why couldn't they have kept up the fight this year?

    Seriously, with all those anti-measures in the platform, it's plain nuts for the LCRs to support McCain. Don't they have any self-respect?

    Posted by: Al | Sep 2, 2008 3:57:28 PM

  17. So the LCR vote for McCain and then hope that he will hold discussions with them while he's in office and magically change his entire opinion on gay rights? No? McCain promised he would talk to them? Oh ok, I feel better.

    Posted by: Tom S. | Sep 2, 2008 3:58:10 PM

  18. I'm wondering if all the members aren't on the National that's 14 people.

    What a sad lot. Oh well, the Nazis had their collaborators also, but at least they had the excuse of saying they were trying to survive.

    Posted by: John | Sep 2, 2008 4:03:33 PM

  19. The photo of the "Big Tent Event" looks exactly as pathetic, silly, and sad as one would expect it to look. The non-excitement is palpable. Outlining all of McCain/Palin's gay-friendly positions must have taken, oh, milliseconds. And then what? Blowjobs in the big tent corners?

    Posted by: Ernie | Sep 2, 2008 4:05:23 PM

  20. Lets get real

    LCR's vote based on

    1- who will keep the brown people away from them

    2- the hopes that they will get the magic $300 tax break

    That is it!

    patriotism? BS when you have the first secessionist since the days of reconstruction on the national ticket.

    ABC news last night, MSNBC, and the NYT have now all reported that Palin was in fact a member of radical secessionist AIP Alaskian Independence Paty and spoke at one of their conventions.

    AIP believes in seceding by voting first and failing that then by any means necessary. AIP's own web site link page has references equating Abraham Lincoln (preserved the union) to Hitler.

    A freaking secessionist on the national ticket! Utter crazyness and treasonous. Most secessionist parties in the lower 49 have strong white supremacist ties so it will be interesting to see while reporters rumage around if AIP is like the rest and also has white supremacist ties.

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Sep 2, 2008 4:14:55 PM

  21. The LCR had a chance once upon a time to make a difference. Unfortunately, they continue to maintain a stubborn hypocritical stance bordering on lunacy. McCain's choice for VP is sickening, his behavior during the run up to the conventions was been nothing short of horrendous. The LCR has become a fringe group in the worst sense of the word. They're still behaving like the sad gays hoping to get approval from their daddies. Good luck boys...anytime you feel like standing up and acting like men, let us know.

    Posted by: bryan | Sep 2, 2008 4:25:58 PM

  22. Shunning. It has it uses. This would be one of them.

    Posted by: Kyle Childress | Sep 2, 2008 4:27:26 PM

  23. Regarding all those empty seats, maybe they were just in the restroom when the photo was taken.

    Oh wait, this isn't an airport...

    Posted by: Timmeeeyyy | Sep 2, 2008 4:28:05 PM

  24. Regarding all those empty seats, maybe they were just in the restroom when the photo was taken.

    Oh wait, this isn't an airport...

    Posted by: Timmeeeyyy | Sep 2, 2008 4:29:05 PM

  25. Time magazine now reporting that Sarah Palin wanted to censor books when mayor of wasilla

    That + the revelation video from her church where she equates the Iraq war as a plan from God and her pastor says we need to die for jesus = SCARY theocracy coming down the pike and naive LCR's need to realize that their gay racist happy asses will be tossed into gitmo right along with us other gays, Jews, Hindus, etc

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Sep 2, 2008 4:30:39 PM

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