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Log Cabin Republicans Release Full-Page 'Washington Post' Ad Attacking Chuck Hagel on Gay Rights: PHOTO

The Log Cabin Republicans have taken out their second full-page ad, this time in the Washington Post, attacking expected Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel on his gay rights record. The ad also addresses Hagel's recent apology for anti-gay remarks, calling it "too little, too late."

Check out Log Cabin Republicans' second ad, below. See the first one, from the NYT, here.

HagelSaid Gregory T. Angelo, Interim Executive Director of the Log Cabin Republicans, in a press release:

"At Chuck Hagel's request, we looked into the 'totality' of his public record on gay rights, and it did nothing to assuage our concerns that his anti-gay record makes him the wrong choice to oversee the ongoing integration of gays and lesbians in the military. Until his name surfaced as a potential nominee for Secretary of Defense, he has stood firmly and aggressively against not only gay marriage, but also against gay people in general. Log Cabin Republicans helped lead the charge to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell and is extremely invested in seeing that we don't lose any ground due to a lack of sincere commitment to gay people and their families on the part of the incoming Defense Secretary."

Interestingly, the extremist anti-gay hate group American Family Association opposes Hagel because he is too pro-gay!

Meanwhile, Rick Jacobs, head of the Courage Campaign and a prominent LGBT activist, is supportive of the Hagel nomination, writing in the HuffPost today:

"Vietnam veteran and former Senator Chuck Hagel is the ideal man to serve as Secretary of Defense. In the small world category, I've known him for over 30 years. In all of that time, I have consistently regarded him as a man of high moral character who puts service and honesty ahead of politics and ambition....And let's be clear about one thing: no one trying to derail his nomination attacks his qualifications. Instead, they seek to score political points and/or act at the behest of powerful special interests by denying the president his choice as defense chief. This sort of political jockeying disgusts the public, further erodes public faith in Washington and weakens our country."

And former Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) is "dialing back" his opposition to Hagel, according to the Globe:

“I was hoping the president wouldn’t nominate him,” Frank told the Globe today. Although he retired from the House last week after 32 years, Frank remains a prominent gay rights spokesman and has also publicly asked Governor Deval Patrick to appoint him as the interim successor should Senator John F. Kerry resign to become secretary of state.

Were that to happen, it would likely be after any confirmation vote on Hagel.

“As much as I regret what Hagel said, and resent what he said, the question now is going to be Afghanistan and scaling back the military,” Frank said. “In terms of the policy stuff, if he would be rejected [by the Senate], it would be a setback for those things.” ...

“With the attack coming out of the right, I hope he gets confirmed,” Frank said today.


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  1. And yet the fully supported Mitt Romney

    Posted by: Steve | Jan 7, 2013 11:21:10 AM

  2. Yet they feel perfectly fine endorsing Mitt Romney and many other politicians who have a similar record to Hagel.

    Posted by: Erik | Jan 7, 2013 11:21:22 AM

  3. Actually, Romney's record--and what he promised to do if he were elected president--are far more extreme than Hagel. It's fine to take away our rights, though, right LCR?

    Posted by: Larry | Jan 7, 2013 11:25:04 AM

  4. Perhaps the LCR finally grew a pair. It's never too late to see the light.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jan 7, 2013 11:26:17 AM

  5. They are taking issue with only one guy? Shouldn't they be looking into the 'totality' of the public record on gay rights (read: abysmal) of the party they are associated with?

    Posted by: Mitch | Jan 7, 2013 11:29:34 AM

  6. The log cabiners should attack most of the Republicans on gay rights. Especially Boner who used tax payer money to depend DOMA. My Guess is that they attacked Hagel because he is not conservative enough.

    Posted by: simon | Jan 7, 2013 11:34:04 AM

  7. The Log Cabin Republican ads are a paid-for front for far-right "pro-Israel" groups trying to scuttle Hagel's nomination. Glenn Greenwald nailed them a week ago:

    Posted by: William Lee | Jan 7, 2013 11:37:58 AM

  8. They are a joke. A handful of rich white boys who want daddy's approval and are willing to sell their name to the highest bidder.

    Posted by: jht | Jan 7, 2013 11:40:34 AM

  9. Nominated by state's rights believer Barack Obama.

    Posted by: John | Jan 7, 2013 11:50:04 AM

  10. @JHT
    You hit the nail on the head.

    Posted by: Jack | Jan 7, 2013 11:57:07 AM

  11. Even my straight friends think that LCR is an absurd group. I really couldn't care less what they say; it would be like worrying about the perspectives of Pat Robertson, the Pope, or Westboro Church.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 7, 2013 11:58:10 AM

  12. how about just photoshopping out Chuck Hagel, and replacing his name with GOProud, Log Cabin, etc, groups. works for me. they're all Funktionshäftling in my book, anyhow. (a prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp who was assigned by the SS guards to supervise forced labor or carry out administrative tasks in the camp. Also called "prisoner self-administration", the prisoner functionary system minimized costs by allowing camps to function with fewer SS personnel. The system was also designed to turn victim against victim, as the prisoner functionaries were pitted against their fellow prisoners in order to maintain the favor of their SS guards).

    Posted by: vwdavy | Jan 7, 2013 12:09:21 PM

  13. Who paid for this latest LCR advert?

    Because LCR is broke.

    Posted by: MaryM | Jan 7, 2013 12:11:52 PM

  14. It is a difficult thing to believe, but it appears there are a group of gay Republicans who are willing to front the use of the "gay card" as a way of defeating a candidate whom their overlords are against on other grounds.

    Have they no dignity?

    "House f*ggots" is indeed evocative here, if this is the group to whom Dan Savage was referring.

    Posted by: Fahd | Jan 7, 2013 12:19:55 PM

  15. Fahd, the shameless self-haters of LCR and GoProud will do or say anything to please their neocon overseers. "Have they no dignity" is a questions that has long ago been answered with a big resounding "NO".

    Posted by: antb | Jan 7, 2013 12:32:53 PM

  16. So he's being attacked for being anti-gay and too pro-gay? The only common thread is what he's being really attacked for: being heretical to the neo-con ideology during the Bush years.

    They hate him for opposing Iraq, opposing a new war with Iran, and recognizing that what Bibi Netanyahu wants might not be a good thing for US interests.

    Posted by: mikemike | Jan 7, 2013 12:33:04 PM

  17. If Hagel were being appointed by President Romney, the LCR would be responding with deafening silence or support.

    Posted by: Hank | Jan 7, 2013 12:34:21 PM

  18. this is HILARIOUS.

    the intellectually-discerning among us will understand that yes, when it comes to being critical of someone you need to be critical of them for the RIGHT REASONS.

    The LRC? This is H I L A R E.

    yeah. suddenly they're, like, TOTES caring about a man's anti-gay history from more than a decade ago.

    and as everyone with a brain pointed out they still throw their support towards those who remain anti-gay in 2012. And 2013.

    No, they don't have dignity. Nor self-respect. Nor spines.

    Gay Republicans exist as a sterling example of what an anti-gay culture can reduce someone to.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 7, 2013 12:35:19 PM

  19. LCR cares about gay rights? Showing up a little late for that party...

    Posted by: Lars | Jan 7, 2013 12:35:30 PM

  20. This smacks of a cynicism worthy of Karl Rove - dare I say - Joseph Goebbels.

    If Hagel is rejected it's because "the gays made all this noise about him."

    If Hagel is confirmed it's because "the Senate finally stood up to the gays."

    Either way the money men who oppose Hegel on other grounds walk away with their own political capital intact.

    Very twisted.

    Maybe Ken Mehlman has found new work.

    Posted by: Fahd | Jan 7, 2013 12:49:07 PM

  21. I wish there were another group spearheading this conversation.

    Posted by: JeffNYC | Jan 7, 2013 1:49:53 PM

  22. This collective of spineless duplicitous BASTARDS [is] at it again...!

    How come they did not takeout a full page add against Mitt Romney. Do these fools actually think they are enduring themselves to the Republican Party with this idiotic display of stupidity!

    What are they going to be granted: another booth close to the toilet at the next Republican convention????!!!

    Posted by: BRAINS | Jan 7, 2013 1:52:43 PM

  23. How how HOW do they reconcile this stance with their support for Romney?

    Posted by: sam | Jan 7, 2013 2:02:54 PM

  24. After endorsing Romney and tumbling into the abyss of irrelevance when it comes to gay advocacy, the LCR Board suddenly has a panic attack and starts flailing away trying to stop the free fall.

    The only thing is LCR, you slow the descent not with hypocritical attack ads, but with a sincere apology to the gay community, admitting that your past positions were less than enlightened. You follow that by exhibiting behaviors that are in line with your new found clarity.

    LCR's clumsy, amateurish attacks on Hagel shows that they have learned nothing. Guys who have yet to issue their mea culpa really shouldn't go after the guy who did. You're standing alone on this one for a reason LCR.

    Posted by: I'm just sayin' | Jan 7, 2013 2:11:30 PM

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