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.”


  1. Gus says

    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.

  2. says

    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?

  3. Beef and Fur says

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


  4. e.c. says

    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?

  5. mak136 says

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

  6. Gregoire says

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

  7. Randy says

    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?

  8. Caliban says

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

    The Case Of The Levitating Loafers

  9. Diogenes Arktos says

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

  10. BETTY says

    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.

  11. Steven Janiszewski says

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  12. says

    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!

  13. says

    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…”

  14. Greg says

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

  15. jason says

    Romney will be better for the gay community than Obama. Obama has a habit of saying he’s for us but then failing to deliver. What has Obama done for us on ENDA, for instance? His lack of enthusiasm is telling.

    Obama failed the gay community on many fronts. Even on DADT, which he signed into law, he was less than enthusiastic and needed to be coaxed into signing it by the force of our outrage as well as Joe Liebermann.

  16. jason says

    I should correct my previous post by stating that Obama signed DADT repeal into law, not DADT. My bad.

    My point should be re-affirmed: Obama has been less than enthusiastic on gay rights issues and has led from behind, not the front.

  17. BETTY says

    OMG Jason/Rick, you are either dillusional or a GOP troll. Although,there is really no difference.

  18. jason says


    Yap away all you like. Obama has failed the gay community and has failed to lead.

    He promised to be our fierce advocate but failed. He led from behind, not the front. What more evidence do you need.

    Also, what executive order has Obama issued in relation to our rights recently? His lack of action on gay rights is reflected in his failure to issue executive orders in our favor recently.

  19. Derrick from Philly says

    “He led from behind, not the front.”

    Oh, so what. You take it from behind…when you’re lucky.

  20. BETTY says

    Just roling my eyes at poor, delusional Jason/Rick. He was probably the only one in the world today who thought Trump’s announcement was really the “huge shocker” Donald was promoting it to be!

    “He led from behind, not the front.”

    At least he led. Richie Rich will not lead on gay issues…he will do NOTHING for us. In fact, expect DADT to return. He owes too much to the deal he made with the devil (the religous right).

    “Executive orders”. You are such a twit. A President can’t go around pushing through executive orders whenenver he feels like it all the time…especially with the Tea Party crowd waiting for any chance to scream he’s a communist. Give your head a shake.

  21. Profe Sancho Panza says

    I can accept, theoretically, that an economic conservative would be so convinced that Obama is destroying America’s economy that he’d prioritize market-based policies over gay rights. But their willingness to lap up the tiniest, vaguest crumbs thrown to them by an obvious chronic self-serving liar is just pathetic. If you’re going to be conservative, at least have some self-respect!

  22. Tony says

    I don’t understand why Mitt would risk talk to LCR or GOProud. They can’t deliver very many votes. All they can is hurt his chance to get elected. Very odd.

  23. e.c. says

    Jason, here’s an actual “fact” for you. Romney has promised to pursue a FEDERAL ban on gay marraige. Obama is the only sitting president EVER to endorse gay marraige. So tell us again who the gay-friendly one is.

  24. WOW says

    JASON/RICK knows nothing. He is just making sh*t up again to get everyone all bent out of shape.

  25. NANCY says

    Jason is not really a gay person like he pretends. He comes on here criticizing gay people and making stupid claims (like Obama has really done nothing for us and Mitt is more of a gay ally—whatever!). I think Jason is a GOP or LCR hack who is trying to score points and thinks by saying the administration really doesn’t care about gay people it will drive a wedge in hopes we will vote for Romney. Jason is sadly mistaken.

  26. Icebloo says

    Ha ha ! Romney is SO desperate for votes he finally meets with the gays but he doesn’t even have the balls to be seen meeting with them.

    I am so embarrassed for the GRUBS (Gay Republicans) – why do they value themselves so low ?

  27. sparks says

    It should be a HINT to the log cabin morons that the Romney campaign wanted NO press coverage for this “meeting” and put them off until a few weeks before election. I mean honestly, can’t these self-loathing LCR people understand what it means when a POLITICIAN doesn’t want anyone to know he’s meeting with you? Of course I’d wager half of LCR supporters are in the closet to some degree anyway, and are accustomed to being treated like a back-alley trick.

  28. EchtKultig says

    “This would actually be hilarious if it weren’t so sad…”

    True. There should be a satirical cable television series about “gay republicans”. In this episode, they get so excited about meeting Romney they get a boner that won’t go down. Calls doctor asking for anti-viagra. Cue the laugh track.

    This strikes me as Neville Chamberlain returning from Munich promising “peace in our time”…
    Great analogy, Greg…for a lot of reasons. Dictators have a “I’m a God on Earth complex”; other have a “I’ll be a God of another solar system if I lie well enough to be get elected and then subtly enforce a Mormon agenda over a secular country.”

  29. DC Arnold says

    The other party in the Farmhouse was an undocumented field hand who was making sure the parties involved weren’t making hay with the animals. Long way to go not be seen with homosexuals.

  30. AC says

    15 minutes is exactly how long a Republican candidate lasts while F***ing gay Republicans. Makes sense.

  31. andrew says

    I totally disagree with the Log Cabin Republicans. However, the vulgar and hysterical responses to their exercising their rights as Americans has no place in political discourse.

  32. David says

    “Kolbe said Romney acknowledged him by nodding, but offered no further response.” That is the funniest thing I have read all day. Romney is like the king holding a meeting with his subjects. He only nods to show that he has heard them but will do what he wants anyway.

  33. Mary says

    People here should factor into the equation the reality that Romney is leading a party where the majority of the activists are anti-gay in their politics. There wouldn’t be much in terms of direct legislation he could do right now even if he wanted to. But Romney may see in what direction history is pointing on gay rights. If Log Cabin can get him to maneuver the party somewhat then their endorsement of him is a good thing.

    I’m still glad Log Cabin exists . They’re the original Gay Republican organization and stand head and shoulders above the little boys at GOroud (or as I like to refer to them, GOProstrate.)

  34. Johnny says

    It is nice to know that there are some gay men with sense, when it comes to Obama. Guys, the USA is beyond bankrupt. This country owes $237 trillion over the next 15 years. That is 100 years of revenue to the federal government. Isn’t it strange that they NEVER mention this, even on Fox News? The numbers are just too frightening. Obama spends money like a drunk and he is running the world’s largest economy with no budget for four years. The insanity of his policies have the least number of people working in the past 40 years. And no, this has little to nothing to do with George Bush, so just forget that argument. We need a proven business leader to run this country and thank God Mitt Romney wants the job!