There is something poetic that beleaguered Log Cabin Chieftain Patrick Guerriero announced his departure on the same day I arrive in Alaska (the last frontier) for the first time in my life. Dunno, just found it oddly fate-like. (*cue music* …..A New Day, by Celine Dion.)
May 23, 2006
Patrick Guerriero Leaving Log Cabin after Four Years of Record Growth
(Washington, DC)—Log Cabin Republicans President Patrick Guerriero will assume new responsibilities as the first-ever Executive Director of the Gill Action Fund. By the time Guerriero leaves Log Cabin in September, he will have traveled over 750,000 miles, visiting over 300 cities and towns in all 50 states. “It has been a humbling experience leading Log Cabin Republicans during the past four years,” said Guerriero. “I’m proud of what thousands of courageous Log Cabin members across America have accomplished as we work to build an inclusive Republican Party and a better America.”
“The entire Log Cabin Republican family is profoundly grateful for Patrick Guerriero’s inspired leadership,” said Log Cabin Chairman Tim Schoeffler. “Patrick led the organization through unprecedented growth, including dozens of new chapters, thousands of new members, and a 400% increase in our annual budget. We will miss him greatly, but we wish him the best of luck and we look forward to working with him as Executive Director of Gill Action.”
Where, oh where, do I start?
First, Patrick will definitely be at home at the liberal-leaning Gill Foundation.
Second, there is a golden opportunity with the Massachusetts liberal gone that we can Put the “Republican” Back into Log Cabin at long last! The fluttering praise of Patrick’s outreach to the Gay Left is highlighted in the LC(R) press release.
In the words of former HRC Executive Director, Elizabeth Birch, “Patrick has reached out extensively to Republicans and Democrats alike. He has been among the most principled leaders of our movement for equality. Patrick is a good person of good character and does not ever take the easy road. He takes the heat but stays the course.”
Third, I enthusiastically nominate MARY CHENEY to lead the new era of Log Cabin REPUBLICANS. She’s probably too smart to hop on the Titanic. *sigh*
Fourth, maybe the LC(R) Board will finally see how much their decision to hire Patrick in the first place drained their coffers. They will soon find out if the “400% increase in the budget” was due to increased contributions, or outlandish spending. *cough* — First Class seats — *cough*
Lastly, I’m personally curious which happened more often in the past 4 years of Guerriero’s Reign: President Bush saying the word “gay” publicly … or Patrick publicly supporting the President on any issue.
More later…. I’m just settling into my hotel in Anchorage tonight.
UPDATE: Here’s another take from Log Cabin apologist and consultant, BoiFromTroy.
UPDATE (from GPW): Having spent the day learning about Buddhism and presenting on Vimalakirti, I’m blown away by the news. I think Patrick’s departure gives Log Cabin an opportunity to reaffirm its Republican principles. I hope the Board picks someone who supported President Bush in the last election — and who has a history of backing other Republican candidates — and promoting conservative ideas. (Of course I will have more to say this anon.)