There were so many good things about the Log Cabin “Big Tent” luncheon yesterday. Â The food was great. Â I ran into a number of old friends, acquaintances and colleagues. Â And we got to hear from my friend and former Congressman Jim Kolbe.
Unlike some politicians, Jim knows not to go on overlong when addressing a crowd. Â He gave a great short speech, focusing on his relationship with his state’s senior Senator, our party’s presumptive presidential nominee.
He recalled than when he ran for election in 1984, John McCain came down into his district to campaign for him. Â
Twelve years later, when Jim got word that the Advocate would run an article reporting that he was gay, he drew McCain aside at a meeting of the Arizona congressional delegation. Â Seems that good man knew what his friend wanted to discuss.
“Jim,” he said, “it doesn’t make any difference, you’re a great legislator, you’re going to be a great legislator tomorrow. Â You’re my friend, you’re going to be my friend tomorrow.”
Jim wouldn’t forget those words, they made it “easier for him” to deal with the repercussions of the article.
“McCain may not be perfect on our issues, but there’s ‘not one iota’ of negative feeling because of my sexual orientation.”
Confirms my impression of our party’s nominee as a good man.