You may remember in mid-November I posted a couple of videos of Ben Johnson, the state chairman of the Iowa Federation of College Republicans, discussing where the young Republican mindset is at today. Via Wonkette comes this letter from Johnson to his young Republican peers, in which he denies being gay (why anyone would possibly think that I have no idea), and also says “If I am not hated by the Democrats, I am not doing my job.”
Such lofty goals.
Here are the videos, to refresh your memory:
And here's the letter, via Truth Caucus:
***BEGINNING OF LETTER***
From: “Johnson, Benjamin A”
Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2007 17:41:26
Dear National College Republican Leaders, Chairman and Distinguished officers,
As some of you may or may not have seen, my YouTube interviews have been raising quite a bit of controversy ( and dare I say venomous hatred?) online and in some national media outlets. As my respected colleagues I would just like to personally clarify a few things to you,
1. I am not actually gay, even though the way I dress and talk may betray that fact ever so slightly, ha.
2. Some people are responding angrily in my defense and as I truly appreciate you support please do not stoop to their levels. We are above them in so many ways and I like keeping it that way.
3. Solders in Iraq really do love beef jerky! I have the thank you letters to prove it. I encourage all of you to send them tons of it!
On a small side note, I find it strange that the ever so tolerant and accepting-of-all-lifestyles-Left have no problems calling me every gay-bashing offensive name in the book. Guess it just goes to prove that nothing is offensive or intolerant so long as your insulting a Republican. But none of it bothers me. If I am not hated by the Democrats, I am not doing my job.
Letter continued, AFTER THE JUMP…
Two final quick things,
I am initiating Iowa's Operation Iraqi Christmas for the fourth year in a row and I would love to encourage all of you to be apart of it. Please visit http://www.anysoldier.com. This site is amazing! It is like a facebook for the US military serving in Iraq, and every solder has their picture up and personal Christmas wish list listed now! It is an incredible way to make an impact in the lives of these armed service men and women who fight for freedom every day. I have my chapters serving about three solders a piece, so Iowa will be sending 91 packages with our CR stickers plastered all over them so the troops know exactly who
is supporting them. I also will be sending a CR poster to every battalion with my email address asking for a thank you picture with our poster, those kind of pictures are priceless for good publicity! Just some Ideas.
Secondly, I would like to encourage all of you to join me for the Iowa Caucuses! Even though actual caucusing is reserved only for Iowa residents, there are plenty of great events going on across the state and I promise you will not be bored, which is rather rare in Iowa. I have the complete schedules of where all the candidates will be speaking during the day as well as VIP invitations from each candidate to their after parties. It would be my honor to have any of you join me for this amazing political experience! So please contact me if your interested!
I just want to say what an honor it has been working amongst such great Americans like yourselves! Thanks for your support and see you all soon!
Benjamin A. Johnson
Iowa Federation of College Republicans
***END OF LETTER***
Peace, love, and hair gel.
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