In last week’s “Inclusion WEST,” Log Cabin’s West Coast e-mail, its editors included a blurb noting that one of its members serves on a committee of Hillary Clinton backers:
Gay General â€” The Closet & Member of Log Cabin
Made famous by CNN/YouTube debate, Kerr seeks repeal of â€˜Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’
During the 43 years Brig. Gen. Keith Kerr served in the military, he didn’t so much lie about his sexual orientation as he let others draw conclusions from intentionally vague statements. [snip] Kerr told Southern Voice he served silently for most of his military career. â€œI didn’t bring it up,â€ he said. [regarding his YouTube] question] â€œWhat happened was in April or May of 2007, one of my friends called and asked me if I would add my name to the list of veterans for Hillary, and I said â€˜yes’ because I knew she supported a repeal of â€˜Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’â€ Kerr said. â€œI totally forgot about that at the time I submitted the YouTube question. I probably belong to 12 or 14 other organizations. As a matter of fact, I’m still a member of the Log Cabins Republicans.â€
(Bold and italics in original.)
While Kerr may have forgotten that he had agreed to add his name to a list of veterans supporting the Democratic presidential contender, he never asked to have it removed. This March 1, 2008 release from the former First Lady’s campaign includes him in a list of “Flag Officers Endorsing Hillary Clinton for President and Commander-in-Chief.”
Twenty-five days later, Log Cabin boasts that he’s a member of Log Cabin. Seems Log Cabin is so delighted to get media recognition that it would advertise this Clinton supporter’s membership in the organization.
If we could introduce resolutions at Log Cabin’s convention this week, I would pen one rescinding the membership of anyone in the organization who publicly endorses the candidacy or joins or the campaign a Democratic candidate in a contested partisan election where a Republican is running.
I may need to tweak the language, so it’s clear that if a member supported a Democrat and told friends about that support (but did not otherwise advertise the support), he would not forfeit the membership. Or further define public endorsement. By it, I mean statement in a newspaper on a blog (as a post) or at the podium of a public meeting. (I might further want to tweak it to allow for endorsements of non-Republican candidates in unusual races like the 2006 Connecticut Senate race.)
The language would allow a member to refrain from endorsing the Republican candidate or choosing to vote against him.
If Log Cabin is serious about being a Republican organization, it will revoke Kerr’s membership or ask him to remove his name from the list of “Flag Officers” supporting Mrs. Clinton.