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R. Clarke Cooper Writes To Andrew Sullivan About Chuck Hagel

CooperOutgoing Log Cabin Republican leader R. Clarke Cooper is getting pretty tired of all the raised eyebrows and lingering question marks over his group's sudden, surprising attack on potential Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel and the former senator's stance on gay people, Israel and Iran. So, he wrote a long letter to journalist Andrew Sullivan all about it.

Apparently the LCR's New York Times ad is all part of a much larger plan that is just as mysterious as the donors who helped fund it.

LCR has a long history of showing support for our ally Israel and questioning those who would be soft on Iran. While it may surprise some to see LCR taking out a major ad in the New York Times, it's part of a broader communications strategy that LCR and its board have been developing over the last year. The next couple of years will be critical with regard to helping the Republican Party change its position on a number of LGBT issues and we as an organization have made strategic decisions to dramatically increase the sophistication and profile of our communications efforts.

With regard to specific comments Hagel made about gay people in 1998 - that Ambassador James Hormel, then being considered to represent the States abroad, was unfit because he's gay - Cooper says that while LCR appreciate's Hagel's apology, again, they doubt its sincerity.

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  1. Andrew--why are you maintaining the falsehood that it's just that one damn comment, when Hagel has a LIFETIME of anti-gay sentiments and positions and VOTES to answer for. (Plus, anti-feminism and racism to boot.)

    Why don't you write about long, long Hagel's anti-gay record and how he is a bad choice. Who cares what the Log Cabins do?

    Posted by: JeffNYC | Dec 31, 2012 10:47:57 AM

  2. I couldn't care less about LCR, but is it any surprise that they've done something shady?

    It doesn't help that Cooper looks evil.

    Posted by: Paul R | Dec 31, 2012 11:00:29 AM

  3. 1998 was not that long ago for me. Chuck Hagel said some very hateful things about gay people that should never be forgotten.
    Read the articles from the 1998/1999 about his remarks and the whole campaign against Mr. Hormel by The 700 Club, Focus on The Family, and Jerry Falwell.

    Posted by: Dudley Horn | Dec 31, 2012 11:05:26 AM

  4. Reading between the lines, it sounds to me like LCR's "strategic decision" is to kiss the backside of the Republican party more publicly and with ever greater vigor in the hope that a few crumbs will come in return. There's a word for people who do that, and it's not very nice.

    Posted by: Jacques | Dec 31, 2012 11:10:02 AM

  5. Since when have gay rights been the area of concern for the US Defence Secretary.

    This is classic neo-con strategy - exploit a liberal cause - in this case gay rights - to promote their militaristic agenda.

    Posted by: SteveC | Dec 31, 2012 11:18:13 AM

  6. The LCR folks must be desperate for money. I wonder how much they got paid to serve as a front for whatever Zionist paid for the ad.

    Posted by: jht | Dec 31, 2012 11:43:16 AM

  7. Have to admit I don't often read Glenn Greenwald but in this case I think he asks the right questions, as far as where LCR would get at least $100,000 for this ad and why Israel is such a concern when it's hardly mentioned on the LCR website.

    Posted by: Butch | Dec 31, 2012 12:05:03 PM

  8. Andrew belonsky: your typos drive me nuts, man. They bother me most when you write on legal topics. But even on nonlegal pieces like this one, your many typos kept me from enjoying the piece, and severely distracted from the cruxt of what you wrote.

    Simple copy editing would solve this, man. Please :--). I know you can read it aloud once in detail before broadcasting it to the world--and maybe even let the receptionist look for some obvious typo you missed. Not tough stuff, man.

    I usually consider grammar comments petty. But, sir, I feel like you are disregarding me, your reader. So I'm speaking up.

    Posted by: Just_a_guy | Dec 31, 2012 12:19:13 PM

  9. Please discount, but don't disregard, my prior comment; I retread your article and it bothered me less in the full-web version. Notwithstanding...

    Posted by: Just_a_guy | Dec 31, 2012 12:28:22 PM

  10. You might want to reread your comments instead of retread them.

    Posted by: Paul R | Dec 31, 2012 12:30:12 PM

  11. If the LCR is going to hold Hagel to his comments about gays from ten years ago and claim that that makes him unfit for office, then they should do the same for Republican candidates. But they do not -- recall that Paul Ryan made plenty of comments about gays, and even is contrary to all our positions, yet they endorsed him.

    This is a classic case of an hack organization's thinking that a Repubican can do no wrong, and a Democrat can do no right.

    It's just pure hackery, and they are NOT a legitimate gay rights organization.

    Posted by: Randy | Dec 31, 2012 1:06:42 PM

  12. Being an anti-gay rights republican has never been an issue for the LCR. Given that they have proudly and routinely promted and endorsed them even in opposition to actual out gay and lesbian candidates they have no credibility when it comes to condemning Hagel for his remarks. This is so obviously another prong of attack from the pro-Israel lobby that it's almost embarrassing to watch LCR try to spin it as anything else.

    Posted by: e.c. | Dec 31, 2012 1:15:06 PM

  13. Who cares what "Jews For Hitler" thinks?

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Dec 31, 2012 1:30:18 PM

  14. I don't know enough about Chuck Hagel and his past statements and positions to have an informed opinion about that. (Did he really go on the 700 Club to oppose Hormel? That's well beyond a single anti-gay statement.)

    But I do know this. It's REALLY shady of the LCR to accept that much money from an outside group to put their name on an anti-Hormel ad/Op-ed and REFUSE to disclose who that group is. If you're willing to take the money you ought to be willing to reveal the source. Anything less than that is underhanded. Cooper is trying to distract from that by changing the subject, making it about what poor, misunderstood victims the LCR are, when that isn't the primary issue at all.

    Posted by: Caliban | Dec 31, 2012 1:40:28 PM

  15. It's certainly bizarre that these Log-Cabin Republicans had no qualms and reservations about endorsing Mitt Romney in the recent elections, even though he pandered to the worst among extreme right wing homophobics.

    Yet now they make a huge case out of Hagel's statements 15 yrs ago, when even the Democratic President was not endorsing LGBT causes. Hagel apologised, and besides his positions have evolved as have those of many moderates.

    Clearly, LCR have ulterior motives going beyond support for LGBT rights which is something of an oxymoron in the GOP now veering increasingly to the extreme right.

    Posted by: Andrew | Dec 31, 2012 2:00:59 PM

  16. So the LCR doubt the sincerity of Hagel's apology. Well I doubt the sincerity of the LCR as a whole, so I guess we're even. And to echo previous comments: What else has Hagel done or said that is anti-gay? I think many of us would like to know the answer before jumping on either the pro- or anti-Hagel bandwagons.

    Posted by: Daniel in MO | Dec 31, 2012 2:12:18 PM

  17. So, it sounds like LCR is going to try even harder to be relevant to the GOP but not on any gay-related issues. Mah-veh-lous.

    Posted by: BobN | Dec 31, 2012 9:58:39 PM

  18. So, it sounds like LCR is going to try even harder to be relevant to the GOP but not on any gay-related issues. Mah-veh-lous.

    Posted by: BobN | Dec 31, 2012 9:58:42 PM

  19. "Have to admit I don't often read Glenn Greenwald..."
    May I suggest watch Glenn speak on TV here then? ;-D

    Posted by: iban4yesu | Dec 31, 2012 11:02:48 PM

  20. Log Cabin Republicans are the champions of gay rights. LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL etc

    Posted by: andrew | Jan 1, 2013 7:58:25 AM

  21. Sullivan went on to ask Cooper if he knew of any hot Bug-Chasing parties happening in the next few weeks.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 1, 2013 2:35:07 PM

  22. One of the comments here says that gay rights is not an issue for the Secretary of Defense.

    This is not true and the issues of gay rights for military families is under reported and may be the reason for such an erroneous idea.

    Hagel's troglodyte record on gay rights is still an issue even though President Obama finds it very inconvenient as he would like to nominate Hagel tomorrow.

    Even more of an issue is Hagel's silence about equal benefits for gay military families.

    I hope the President will not risk the political cost of loosing the confirmation battle on this terrible choice.

    It's not only about what he said many years ago, but that he has not come out for any specific or general commitment to equality for gay military families.

    There are many ways a Secretary of Defense could help gay military families no matter how DOMA is decided and Hagel has not come out in favor of any of these.

    Reports to the contrary, LGBT equality is not yet a done deal in the military. There is still the matter of partner benefits. There still remain a handful of regulations that could be revised independent of the Defense of Marriage act that could bring some equity of compensation and benefits to gay and lesbian service members. but remain denied due only to Department of Defense foot-dragging:

    Included in the discretionary benefits currently denied are spousal identification cards, and shopping at the PX the former cited in the Pentagon's own Working Group study as not requiring DOMA repeal to deliver.

    This should be of more concern to Towleroad
    readers than who is funding Log Cabin ads.

    Barney Frank strongly objects to Hagel.
    he is also pro Israel and against a nuclear armed Iran there is nothing inconsistent.

    There are millions of people who object to Hagel and are against a nuclear weapons program for Iran and are also pro-Israel.
    It's not newsworthy that who paid for the ad. Obviously it's someone who is Repbulican and feels strongly about all three issues.

    Posted by: Jean | Jan 2, 2013 9:42:48 PM

  23. Why Chuck Hagel Should Tell Obama to Go to Hell?
    Come on girls! Homophobia is stooopid Redherring. Chuck Hagel got larger phallus than LGBT ever queered in their daydreams. Israelis will be digging their own graves if they rally to conspire to assassinate Chuck Hagel’s character as they did to Charles Freeman. Israeli in their own eyes, believe that they are the-chosen-ones, Americans are fools and the Donuthole is Gaza, they can get away with crime. In Arabspringers eyes Israel ain’t a thing but East European Urban Rejects & IRS fugitives who hijacked Judaism as hostage to extort Jews worldwide and took refuge in Auschwitz called Palestine. Henry Kissinger is Jew, said: “give those kibitzers 10 years to die”. George Soros is Jew too established Soros Fund for any Jew who will defect and flee Israel. The game is over boys! Back to Chuck Hagel; Quit nagging about USO like Tel Aviv hookers when ain’t pimped to rich parties. Chuck Hagel ain’t Anti-Semitic enough to crow about. Here’s really something that Israeli loath you to publish. Chuck Hagel is a Godsend magnet to unbury Israel rig and spam world headlines. Chuck Hagel escorted & schooled Obama during 2008 Presidential Campaign to Israel. Chuck Hagel was right when he said to Potus-to-be: “if you get to White House. Israeli Bleached N✡ ggas will need 4 years to recover”. Bleached N✡ ggas are more racist than whites simply because they ain’t wasps. Their White House Raw Model is John Wayne. Israelis need an idiot like George Bush who hired a Jewish Dumb✡sses as George Tenet for CIA, Michael Chertoff for Homeland Security, Paul Wolfowitz for Dy Assistant Secretary of Defense and many Menajahtwa Muthafukahuh to f✡ck America. Though George Bush the kid and George Bush the father gave Israel nothing compared to Egypt but Israelis are Deranged Megalomaniac Egomaniacs. Kudos.

    Posted by: Ostrogoth | Jan 4, 2013 2:23:53 PM

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