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Taking a quick break now that I’ve found wireless at St. Paul’s downtown University Club to report that that Log Cabin’s Big Tent Luncheon here, organization president Patrick Sammon announced that the group has endorsed John McCain for president of the United States.
Recall that Log Cabin made a big stink about not endorsing Bush four years ago.
I’ll have more in a bit and will offer some thoughts on the meaning of this endorsement.
UPDATE: Now that luncheon has concluded, I have finally have time to blog. This big news and not just because it shows that a group not always behind the GOP nominee is backing him this year. It’s also an interesting story for this blog. Indeed, our blog enjoys its prominence in large part because we were the first gay web-site to take issue with Log Cabin on its endorsement.
Indeed, I may not be blogging were it not for Bruce’s post on the issue. I e-mailed him praising him for saying something that I–and a lot of other gay Republicans–believed. We may not have approved of the president’s decision to back the Federal Marriage Amendment, but given his opponent’s wishy-washy record on national security issues, we thought the choice was clear and that Log Cabin should stand behind the president.
Today, as I rushed out to blog this news, I passed Chris Barron, Log Cabin’s political director four years ago, a man with whom Bruce and I often locked horns in the first months of this blog. I smiled, shook his hand, patted him on the back, noted the irony of being in the room with him as the group announced its endorsement and said, “I’m glad we’re on the same side this year.”
With a smile, he expressed his agreement.
Click below the jump to read excerpts of Patrick’s statement, a copy of which he handed to me in the room where we have internet access.
Those of us gathered here this week for the Republican National Convention are honored for this opportunity–an opportunity to participate in the political process, to share our stories with our fellow Republicans, and, to do everything we can to ENSURE John McCain BECOMES THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.
On the most important issue that LGBT Americans faced in the last decade–the federal marriage amendment–Send. John McCain stood with us. Now we stand with him.
He is an inclusive Republican who is focusing the GOP on unifying our party around the core principles that bring our nation together. In recent years, too many Republicans have used divisive social issues in an effort to win elections. Sen. McCain is a different kind of Repubilcan.
He understands that we lost our majority in Congress in 2006 because we lose sight of core conservative issues and instead focused on divisive social issues.
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Our party is about to nominate a man who is going to put our party back on track. We are going to nominate a man who understands the crucial challenges our country faces . . . . I am so glad we have a nominee who is focused on the issues that unite us as Republicans–and the issues that are going to unite this country and bring the RIGHT change of change to our nation.
I am pleased to announce that Log Cabin’s national board voted last night to formally endorse John McCain for President of the United States and Governor Sarah Palin for Vice President of the United States.