FYI, The Log Cabin Republicans Have Yet To Endorse Romney

RombeyLCRIn their 35-year history, the Log Cabin Republicans have only skipped two presidential endorsements. 

Once was in 2004, when incumbent George W. Bush stuck to the anti-gay policies that helped get him elected in the first place. The second time was in 1992, when Dubya's father, George HW Bush, refused to denounce Pat Buchanan's "culture war" rhetoric.

Yet despite their clear opposition to President Obama and the Democrats in general, the Log Cabin Republicans still haven't backed GOP challenger Mitt Romney.

"Log Cabin Republicans is a national organization representing multifaceted individuals with diverse priorities among LGBT conservatives," executive director R. Clarke Cooper told Chris Geidner at BuzzFeed. "We are in the final stages of the endorsement process with various candidates and campaigns up and down the GOP ticket."

He went on to note that LCR had endorsed candidates in more local races, including Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown's race against Elizabeth Warren, and that they are still working with candidates to see if they deserve their endorsement.

"Our endorsement is not free, and in any event we will work with the party as we are able, and challenge the party as it is necessary, to ensure that it lives up to its highest ideals of limited government and individual freedom," Cooper explained to Geidner, conveniently overlooking the fact that the Republican national platform makes clear LGBT equality is not one of their concerns. And clearly he has forgotten that his own group called that platform "ugly and harmful."


  1. i could go on, but I won't says

    Who exactly is influenced by a Log Cabin endorsement? Not Republicans, not mainstream gays, not Democrats. Are they just talking among themselves?

    And wouldn’t an endorsement from them be counter-productive?

    I agree with their parents, it’s best when they just stay quiet.

  2. jamal49 says

    R. Clarke Cooper, I somehow have the feeling that Mitt Romney could care less if you endorse him or his Randian buttboy, Paul Ryan.

    Um, just what is a “LGBT” conservative? Does this mean that Lady Bunny might actually work the phones for Mitt?

    Mr. Cooper, please sit down and shut up.

  3. says

    well, let’s see if they have the balls to do the right thing.

    GOProud already has shown they don’t.

    we all know what’s on the party’s official platform. we’ve all read it. time to see how that rent-a-spine is working.

  4. BobN says

    I would think that a LCR endorsement is probably worth a few hundred thousand dollars to the Romney campaign, maybe even over a million. It’s probably worth some votes, too, but since out and proud LCR almost all live in deep blue states, their votes don’t mean much. Yes, I know there are some in TX and AZ. Their votes there only add to the reliable pile, I assume.

  5. Diogenes Arktos says

    @Jamal49: “LGBT conservative” means someone for whom money trumps everything including themselves.

  6. Surely U Jest says

    There is no doubt where Clarke Cooper’s sentiments lie and his perspective that the LCR Board should officially endorse the Romney-Lyan Ticket. The recent photo posted on LCR’s FB page of Mr. Cooper and his political Sugar-Daddy, John Boehner, arm-in-arm, with Clarke grinning like he just got a life-time NRA membership for Christmas, literally demonstrates who he stands with.

    Fortunately there are still some thoughtful adults left on the LCR Board who understand that they have to balance political ideology with responsibility to our community.

    It’s OK for them to make every intellectual argument they want related to their preference for the economic policies of Mr. Romney vs. those of Mr. Obama. It’s OK for them to express concern about the impact of deficit spending and to fret over the future of Medicare and Social Security. The desire for unemployment numbers to decrease is not the exclusive purview of conservative voters. We all want to see these things improve.

    However, what the more seasoned members of the LCR Board also understand is that it is not OK to subrogate LGBT equality to any of those issues, for one term or even one minute. This is the fatal flaw in Mr. Romney being a viable choice for LGBT voters. The anti-gay vitriol in the GOP platform should have ended any discussion of an LCR endorsement.

    Promoting convoluted scenarios to an endorsement is the flaw in Cooper’s political character. It’s the barrier to his being seen as an advocate for the LGBT community. Congressman Frank may have been crass in his characterization of LCR, but is there anyone who didn’t understand the analogy? There are no caveats when it comes to integrity.

    It’s why under Mr. Cooper’s tenure as LCR’s Executive Director the organization has fallen to a place of disdain within the LGBT community. Can you really expect otherwise if you come across as more concerned about pleasing your political “masters” than advancing LGBT equality?

    The only thing that keeps LCR from falling into the abyss of irrelevance, is that GOProud currently occupies that parking space.