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Panel Packed for 'Gay Infiltration' of CPAC While NOM Panel Attracts Sparse Crowd: PHOTOS, VIDEO


Two Instagram photos from Buzzfeed's Chris Geidner reveal that the only gay event at the 2013 CPAC conference - "A Rainbow on the Right: Growing the Coalition, Bringing Tolerance Out of the Closet" attracted lots of interest while Cleta Mitchell, Hans von Spakovsky, Ben Shapiro & Brian Brown's NOM panel (below)was left a bit wanting for interest.

As you may know, gay groups GOProud and Log Cabin Republicans were barred from the conference but found a way in via this panel, organized by the Competitive Enterprise Institute.


The Daily Beast has a report on the gay panel:

The event was hotly anticipated—and overly crowded—as the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a libertarian think tank actually invited to the Conservative Political Action Conference, circumnavigated the snub by hosting its own panel on same-sex marriage and asked GOProud co-founder and executive director Jimmy LaSalvia and others to speak.

“A new conservative coalition starts here in this room. Will you join us? Will you stand up to forces of intolerance?” LaSalvia implored the crowd. “Join us in building a better coalition that can win and use it in making America better.”

The message projected by LaSalvia and, echoed by his fellow panelists, was that government intervention in how people live is not the conservative way.

Meanwhile, AFA spokeshater Bryan Fischer welcomed Cliff Kincaid, the director of the 'Accuracy In Media Center' to his radio show for a hilarious segment about the gay "infilitration" of the conference.



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Gay GOProud Board Member to Challenge Lindsey Graham?

Bruce Carroll, who blogs at the conservative site GayPatriot, says he's exploring a primary challenge to Senator Lindsey Graham, the National Review reports

CarrollIf Carroll goes forward with this, he will have to complete a Statement of Intention of Candidacy (SIC) form with the state GOP and a Statement of Economic Interest (SEI) form with the State Ethics Commission. The filing period does not begin until March 16, 2014, and closes March 30.

He will have to submit a filing fee of 1 percent of the annual salary of the office multiplied by the number of years in the term of office (or $100, whichever is greater). This year the salary for a U.S. senator is $174,000, so if it remains the same for 2014, the filing fee will be $10,440.

(via jmg)

Gays Find Place at CPAC

This year's Conservative Political Action Conference had barred gay groups Log Cabin Republicans and GOProud from officially participating. They're still not, but...

The Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin reports:

LasalviaA sponsor for the upcoming CPAC gathering, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, will use a room assigned to the free-market conservative think tank to conduct a pro-gay rights panel titled, “A Rainbow on the Right: Growing the Coalition, Bringing Tolerance Out of the Closet.” CEI spokesman Brian McNicoll says via e-mail, “As a sponsor, CEI gets use of a room for two hours.” For the “Rainbow on the Right” panel, McNicoll tells me that Fred Smith, a CEI head, is moderating. Liz Mair, Jonah Goldberg, Margaret Hoover and Jimmy LaSalvia of GOProud are all confirmed.

Added Rubin:

CEI did not disguise its intentions from the CPAC organizers, who have been roundly criticized for excluding prominent conservatives such as Govs. Bob McDonnell and Chris Christie, as well as GOProud. McNicoll says, “We turned in the name [of the panel] and chose it so there could be no doubt what we were trying to do.” He says that there was “complete radio silence,” and the session was put on the schedule.

CPAC takes place on March 14-16 in D.C..

MSNBC's Chris Hayes Rejects Invite to Speak at CPAC Because They Discriminate Against GOProud, Gays: VIDEO


MSNBC host Chris Hayes was invited to speak on a panel at CPAC this year, but he's turning it down because CPAC won't allow gay conservative group GOProud (a group Hayes admits is "not an organization I share much with ideologically, or even, truth be told, like all that much") to attend while explaining that the mission of the conference is how to resurrect the Republican party.

Watch Hayes explain it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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GOProud Still Banned from CPAC; Log Cabin Won't Participate

Gay conservative groups Log Cabin Republicans and GOProud won't be participating in this year's Conservative Political Action Conference, the HuffPost reports:

Lasalvia"We were kicked out last year and nothing has changed and we wont be at CPAC," GOProud's Jimmy LaSalvia said in an interview. "The last communication I've had from them is that we were kicked out. Nothing has changed."

"At the present time, we have no plans to participate in CPAC this year," Log Cabin Republicans spokesman West Honeycutt told The Huffington Post.

The absence of both groups from this year's CPAC schedule surprised some political observers, who argued that it seemed like the last vestige of the culture war currently winding down within the Republican Party.

CPAC Still Won't Let GOProud Play With The Right Wing Big Boys


Should the gay conservative group GOProud stop trying to attend the Conservative Political Action Conference, or does their continued rejection from the annual right wing event, and executive director Jimmy LaSalvia's promotion of this rejection, help their cause?

Or do these dust-ups end up hurting their cause, serving as yet another reminder to voters that the Republican base still rejects LGBT people as a whole, even their fellow conservatives?

(Via Joe.My.God.)


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