GayPatriot has exclusively learned that presumptive Republican Presidential nomineeÂ Senator John McCain held a personal meeting with the head of the national gay Republicans organization, the Log Cabin Republicans.Â Â Log Cabin President Patrick Sammon confirmed his meeting with Senator McCain earlier today.
A source with close ties to the Log Cabin Board of Directors provided information about the meeting to GayPatriot earlier this week.Â This source disclosed that the Log Cabin meeting was not reflected on Senator McCain’s published schedule in advance and the meeting.Â A second source familiar with the Log Cabin-McCain meeting reports that Senator McCain has routine personal meetings that are not shown on the Senator’sÂ public schedule.Â Â
The specific timeframe of the Sammon-McCain meeting is not completely clear, but appears to have taken place within the past couple weeks or so.
Log Cabin President Patrick Sammon confirmedÂ the meeting with Senator McCain in email correspondence with GayPatriot earlier today:
“We’ve had a series of productive meetings with the campaign since Sen. McCain won the nomination—including a recent meeting with the Senator.Â Â We expect to have more conversations with the campaign as we head toward November.” — Patrick Sammon, Log Cabin Republicans President — June 25, 2008
Based on published news reports, the meeting with Senator McCain would be the firstÂ between any national-level gay RepublicansÂ andÂ a Republican Presidental nominee since “The Texas 12” met with then-Governor George W. BushÂ in 2000.Â Since his first election to the White House, President Bush hasÂ never met with anyone representing Log Cabin Republicans or any other American gay organizations.
Again, according to published news reports the Sammon-McCain meeting would be the first face-to-face dialogue between a Republican Presidential standardbearerÂ and the President of the national Log Cabin Republicans organization since the check-refund controversy between LCR and the Dole Campaign in 1995.
There will be more details on this story to follow….