Did Romney Promise ENDA Support for Log Cabin Endorsement?

Today's endorsement of Mitt Romney by the Log Cabin Republicans included these two sentences:

LogcabinIf LGBT issues are a voter’s highest or only priority, then Governor Romney may not be that voter’s choice….With regard to the LGBT issue most likely to reach the president’s desk and most vital to many in our community today—workplace nondiscrimination—we are persuaded that we can work with a Romney administration to achieve a desirable outcome.

The language struck The Nation's Ben Adler as "nonsensical," he writes:

While it is legitimate for LCR to say that they care more about tax cuts than LGBT issues, how can they only acknowledge that Romney “may not” be the candidate for a voter whose only priority is gay rights? Shouldn’t that phrase be “would not”? And why is LCR persuaded they can work with Romney to pass a workplace nondiscrimination law?

Rclarke_cooperAdler called LCR's R. Clarke Cooper to find out, and after some questioning about Romney's positions on anti-discrimination legislation, gets to what he theorizes hooked LCR's 'qualified' endorsement:

As I continued to press this point, Cooper blurted out, “Have you met with Romney’s domestic policy team?” And therein lies the answer to how Romney secured LCR’s endorsement. His advisers have privately assured LCR that Romney supports ENDA, even though he so fears the wrath of the religious right that he will not adopt this position in public. (Although ENDA polls very well, major social conservative groups, such as the American Family Association, continue to oppose it and demand that Romney do the same.)

Given that Romney is a reflexive liar, the question then becomes why LCR chooses to believe Romney. For that, I have no answer other than wishful thinking on their part.

Comments

  1. BobN says

    “Cooper blurted out, “Have you met with Romney’s domestic policy team?” And therein lies the answer to how Romney secured LCR’s endorsement.”

    First of all, is there any evidence whatsoever that Romney wanted LCR’s endorsement? And why would he? Support from them = loss of support from the base. And the idea that Romney’s “domestic policy team” supports non-discrimination law is ABSURD.

  2. Steve says

    Romney tried everything he could to prevent it. Ultimately he resurrected an old law against interracial marriage to prevent out of state couples from marrying in MA.

  3. RyanInWyo (formerly RyanInSacto) says

    “The Gay”: Maybe you don’t know how same-sex marriage came to be in Massachusetts, but Romney COULDN’T prevent gay marriage in there. The state supreme court ruled that the state HAD to allow same-sex couples to marry. The legislature (and the governor) had no choice but to draft legislation that allowed same-sex marriage.

  4. Anthony says

    Why the hell wasn’t ENDA passed when democrats had control of BOTH houses of congress and the presidency? They passed hate crimes, they passed DADT repeal, but no ENDA?

  5. RyanInWyo (formerly RyanInSacto) says

    Yes, Anthony, why didn’t Democrats do every single thing in those two years when they had a majority in the House and a slim majority in the Senate which was subject to all kinds of Republican filibustering? Also, wasn’t there some kind of economic meltdown going on or whatever? Because they didn’t get everything done that we wanted them to do, the obvious response is for us to vote in Romney! If we can’t get everything we want, then screw it!

    /snark

    I think the answer to your question is right there in the post:
    “Although ENDA polls very well, major social conservative groups, such as the American Family Association, continue to oppose it and demand that Romney do the same.”

    No doubt those “major social conservative groups” have demanded that all elected officials oppose ENDA. Ergo, it hasn’t yet gotten to the floor for a vote. However, considering the progress that has been made in the past 4 years on LGBT policy (you’ve listed some of it!), we can expect that ENDA has a much better chance of becoming law with an Obama presidency than a Romney one.

  6. Caliban says

    Hasn’t it been proved pretty conclusively that Mitt Romney will say anything to anyone to advance his political goals? Why would you believe anything he or his people had to say?

    If his dad hadn’t been a Senator he’d be Mad Mitt, King of Used Car deals. He’s that sleazy and amoral- or as Gertrude Stein put it, “there is no there there,” he’s hollow.

  7. BABH says

    ENDA could only have passed if it hadn’t included protections for transfolk. Quite rightly, activists and good Democrats were unwilling to throw our trans brothers and sisters under the bus.

    This is one of only 5 or 6 things that Barney Frank and I have ever disagreed on. Barney was for passing an LGB ENDA instead of a full LGBT ENDA.

  8. Plaintom says

    Memo to the Logs: Do you realize Mitt Romney will promise anything to get your vote while he is promising the exact opposite to another group to get their votes ?

  9. Gus says

    Golly Gee, I wouldn’t trust the what the policy team as far as I could throw them. How many times has Mr. Romney said one thing on the stump only to be corrected by the “team” later with reporters. The reverse is equally true. You can’t trust any policy statement from Romney/Ryan because it will be walked back in 20 minutes.

  10. D.R.H. says

    I feel sorry for the kind of people who continue to marginalize equal rights as something less important than the economy or any other important issue. Equality doesn’t cost us anything, it’s not a tax, it’s not a new agency of the government, it’s not some crippling debt on the economy. It’s just acceptance. And for the right, and the gay cretins who support their bigotry, it’s merely an issue to drum up support from their rabid base of zealots. So, if selling yourself out because you deem other issues to be of more significance than your own self-worth is more important, then I wonder how you sleep at night. How do you convince yourself that support from bigots is just around the corner as long as you keep licking their boots?

  11. Oz in OK says

    “His advisers have privately assured LCR that Romney supports ENDA, even though he so fears the wrath of the religious right that he will not adopt this position in public.”

    So if Romney’s scared to even talk about ENDA in public because of the ‘wrath of the religious right’ does anyone here actually think he’d propose legislation for ENDA? Yeahhhh… I don’t think so either.

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