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Log Cabin Republican Leader Met Mitt Romney at Clandestine 15-Minute Meeting at Virginia Farmhouse

The Washington Blade's Chris Johnson has more on the meeting R. Clarke Cooper had with Romney that led to the Log Cabin Repubiicans' endorsement, and his non-promise of action on ENDA, which took place Oct. 17 at Greenwood Farm in Leesburg, VA:

CooperAccording to Cooper, the Romney campaign took the lead in initiating the meeting — not Log Cabin — after a series of discussions between the group and the campaign. Those in attendance at the meeting, which lasted about 15 minutes, were Romney, gay former U.S. House Rep. Jim Kolbe and Log Cabin staffer Casey Pick and a Romney staffer. Neither Cooper nor Kolbe would identify the campaign staffer who accompanied Romney.

Kolbe, a Log Cabin member who’s also a trustee of the organization, stopped short of saying Romney offered any firm commitments on federal workplace non-discrimination protections, but said they were discussed during the meeting.

“He gives us a firm personal view of opposing workplace discrimination without endorsing ENDA specifically,” Kolbe said. “I think that it’s an area of opportunity where we have an opportunity to make a lot of headway with him.”

Kolbe said he also brought up immigration issues affecting same-sex couples — such as the inability of gay Americans to sponsor their foreign partners for residency. Kolbe faces that problem with his own partner, Hector Alfonso. Kolbe said Romney acknowledged him by nodding, but offered no further response.

Cooper told Buzzfeed that there was no deal on ENDA to secure a Romney endorsement after Nation reporter Ben Adler suggested it in an article posted yesterday.

Cooper said this to Johnson: “I can say with confidence that the Romney administration would work on desirable outcomes for workplace non-discrimination. I’m going to leave it broad like that because I think there’s room for administrative action as well as legislative. I also think it’s probably fair to say that legislation in a form of an ENDA or an ENDA-like legislation is certainly realistic.”

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  1. I should give these wankers my Christmas wish-list.

    Posted by: oliver | Oct 24, 2012 1:54:47 PM

  2. I also think it's probably fair to say that you're completely deluded.

    Posted by: Jamie | Oct 24, 2012 2:00:17 PM

  3. OK, so in principal Romney doesn't believe in workplace discrimination but will let a "religious exemption" for including contraception in health insurance? And he has a anti-regulation stance for businesses, just kiss it goodbye Loggers.

    Posted by: Gus | Oct 24, 2012 2:01:27 PM

  4. It is so pathetic to see people on their knees begging for crumbs!

    Tell me..is he going to work on these crumbs before or after he signs a constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage?

    Posted by: Jim Stone | Oct 24, 2012 2:05:53 PM

  5. Spoiler Alert: Romney tells everyone what they want to hear so he can get what he wants.


    Posted by: Beef and Fur | Oct 24, 2012 2:11:53 PM

  6. This would actually be hilarious if it weren't so sad...

    Posted by: WayneMPLS | Oct 24, 2012 2:19:09 PM

  7. Oh. My. God. So they got zero commitment from him to do anything other than continue to purse his oft stated ANTI-gay positions and they still endorsed him?!?! How many times can we call them idiot wankers before they get a clue?

    Posted by: e.c. | Oct 24, 2012 2:20:36 PM

  8. eunuchs

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Oct 24, 2012 2:20:51 PM

  9. my thoughts exactly ... E.C. nothing gained, nothing promised, nothing hinted at even an inkling.

    Posted by: mak136 | Oct 24, 2012 2:27:53 PM

  10. This story just makes me sad. It was disingenuous of Romney to meet with somebody so clearly mentally ill.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Oct 24, 2012 2:27:58 PM

  11. Are these people aware of what Romney promised LGBT people in Massachusetts, and how well that turned out for kids?

    Or do they just not care?

    Posted by: Randy | Oct 24, 2012 2:29:11 PM

  12. Jewish Nazis......

    Posted by: John Simpson | Oct 24, 2012 2:38:46 PM

  13. LCR: racists. There really isn't any other reasonable explanation.

    Posted by: Sean in Dallas | Oct 24, 2012 2:40:59 PM

  14. Promises made during a secret meeting? Sounds like a Nancy Drew mystery.

    Posted by: homer | Oct 24, 2012 2:43:27 PM

  15. You sure they didn't meet in a rest stop bathroom?

    Posted by: Peter | Oct 24, 2012 2:47:27 PM

  16. "Promises made during a secret meeting? Sounds like a Nancy Drew mystery."

    The Case Of The Levitating Loafers

    Posted by: Caliban | Oct 24, 2012 2:52:09 PM

  17. A Farmhouse?...couldn't they find a Log Cabin?

    Posted by: dctopman | Oct 24, 2012 2:53:12 PM

  18. This is awesome! Romney just can't help himself when it comes to pissing off his base.

    Posted by: John | Oct 24, 2012 3:04:20 PM

  19. p.s. this guy needs a wig or beanie

    Posted by: oliver | Oct 24, 2012 3:06:37 PM

  20. It's a postive sign that Romney nodded? My God they are grasping at less than straws.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Oct 24, 2012 3:08:11 PM

  21. No firm commitments and he promised them nothing and still got the LCR to endorse him? What a bunch of wimps. These LCR must be a used car salesman's dream.

    "Kolbe said he also brought up immigration issues affecting same-sex couples — such as the inability of gay Americans to sponsor their foreign partners for residency. Kolbe faces that problem with his own partner, Hector Alfonso. Kolbe said Romney acknowledged him by nodding, but offered no further response." Does Kolbe honestly think Romney is REALLY going to spend anytime on this as President? Give me a break. His base is the religious right, they want no equality for us. Good choice for your family Kolbe, good choice.

    Posted by: BETTY | Oct 24, 2012 3:13:36 PM

  22. To gain an existential understanding of the cult that produced Mitt Romney, and to get your socks scared off, read The Assassination of Spiro Agnew, available in paperback and e-book on Amazon:


    Its unwilling, part-Mexican Mormon assassin dramatizes the Mormon superiority complex, manifesting it as racism, sexism, jingoism and an anti-federal government temperament. His research in the new library reveals ominous similarities between Islam and Mormonism. The spiritual power behind the cult, which is not the Holy Ghost, acts out.

    "With a clarity of language and vision unsurpassed in contemporary American prose, Steven Janiszewski's Assassination of Spiro Agnew takes us into a U.S. mazed with madness and Mormonism and all things Utah, a U.S. that was then and still is. Do we need a novel, even as brilliant as this one, about a young man on a divine mission to assassinate the Vice President because he is too liberal? Yes, now more than ever. Readers, welcome to a masterpiece."
    Tom Whalen

    Read The Assassination of Spiro Agnew.

    Posted by: Steven Janiszewski | Oct 24, 2012 3:23:06 PM

  23. Lord, what fools these mortals be. These Log Cabin sissies are scraping for crumbs from the Republicans instead of acting like real Americans who DEMAND their rights. Cripes they make me sick!

    Posted by: Frenchy | Oct 24, 2012 3:35:37 PM

  24. 15 minutes is all it took? I wonder if they both got off... Or did ol' Clarke come away with dirty knees and the stench of mormon magic panties wafting through his nostrils... And a soon-to-be-broken promise in exchange for his support...

    "My presidential candidate went to Kolob and all I got was this lousy stain on my tie..."

    Posted by: MikeInSanJose | Oct 24, 2012 3:39:09 PM

  25. This strikes me as Neville Chamberlain returning from Munich promising "peace in our time".....at least HE got a signed piece of worthless paper!

    Posted by: Greg | Oct 24, 2012 3:51:02 PM

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