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Log Cabin: Only gay group with guts to oppose Hagel?

A few weeks ago, Bruce reported that at least one gay group was knuckling under to pressure from Washington Democrats to accept former Senator Chuck Hagel’s apology for anti-gay remarks he made in 1998.  Do wonder how readily this group would have been to accept a real Republican’s change of heart.

Today, President Obama announced that he intends to appoint Mr. Hagel as Secretary of Defense.

Despite the eagerness of gay groups to approve of Mr. Obama’s appointment, “the target of the 1998 slur, leading gay philanthropist James Hormel, told” the Washington Post‘s Greg Sargent last month that

. . . he never received an apology from Hagel himself, questioned the sincerity of the apology, and said the incident should still raise questions about whether Hagel is the right man to oversee the repeal of don’t ask don’t tell.

“I have not received an apology,” Hormel, who is a major figure in Democratic politics, told me. “I thought this so-called apology, which I haven’t received, but which was made public, had the air of being a defensive move on his part.” Hormel added that the apology appeared to have been given “only in service of his attempt to get the nomination.”

Well, while most gay groups seem more interested in pleasing Mr. Obama than in standing up for gay Americans, at least one gay organization is taking issue with the Hagel appointment.  Log Cabin

. . . called former senator Chuck Hagel’s (R) apology for his past statements on gay rights “too little, too late” in a full page ad in Monday’s Washington Post.

The ad appears the same day President Obama plans to announce Hagel as his nominee for defense secretary.

The Log Cabin Republicans announced their opposition to Hagel and ran a similar ad in the New York Times last month.

(Via Jennifer Rubin.)  Kudos, Clarke Log Cabin.

UPDATE: Just learned that Clarke Cooper is no longer head of Log Cabin, thus is not responsible for this release.



  1. Yeah, okay.

    So the string of anti-semitism should just be brushed aside because the gaystapo is offended?

    Comment by kyle — January 7, 2013 @ 1:13 pm - January 7, 2013

  2. And by the way, Hormel *was* a radical leftist.

    Comment by kyle — January 7, 2013 @ 1:14 pm - January 7, 2013

  3. Dan, I’m a bit surprised you didn’t mention the Log Cabin Republicans’ opposition to Hagel on the basis of his “weak record on preventing nuclear proliferation in Iran [and] lack of confidence in our ally Israel.” I would think that is more significant than some remarks he made 15 years ago.

    Comment by Rattlesnake — January 7, 2013 @ 1:34 pm - January 7, 2013

  4. “At Chuck Hagel’s request, we looked into the ‘totality’ of his public record on gay rights, and it did nothing to assuage our concerns that his anti-gay record makes him the wrong choice to oversee the ongoing integration of gays and lesbians in the military. Until his name surfaced as a potential nominee for Secretary of Defense, he has stood firmly and aggressively against not only gay marriage, but also against gay people in general. Log Cabin Republicans helped lead the charge to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and is extremely invested in seeing that we don’t lose any ground due to a lack of sincere commitment to gay people and their families on the part of the incoming Defense Secretary.” – Gregory T. Angelo

    Angelo has stepped in to fill Clarke’s shoes at LCR

    Comment by rusty — January 7, 2013 @ 1:45 pm - January 7, 2013

  5. Gay GOP Group Log Cabin Republicans Names Interim Executive Director
    After 2 years serving as executive director of gay GOP group Log Cabin Republicans, R. Clarke Cooper will be leaving his post next year.
    On Friday, the group’s national board of directors named Gregory T. Angelo as interim executive director. He’ll begin on January 2.
    “I hope LGBT Republicans and our allies who support freedom and liberty will join me in welcoming Gregory T. Angelo as the interim executive director of Log Cabin Republicans,” National Board Chairman Peter Bertelsen said in a statement. “Gregory’s longstanding involvement with Log Cabin as leader of the New York State chapter, and his demonstrated ability with grassroots advocacy as head of our sister think tank, the Liberty Education Forum, make him the clear choice to continue the significant strides made by Clarke Cooper over the last three years.”

    Comment by rusty — January 7, 2013 @ 1:49 pm - January 7, 2013

  6. Odd that Obama would nominate a figure known for controversial, even Bidenesque statements. Unless, of course, that’s precisely why he chose him.

    Comment by Ignatius — January 7, 2013 @ 3:54 pm - January 7, 2013

  7. Is there anyone who doesn’t think the various gay groups would be screaming bloody murder at Hagel’s nomination if a GOP president were making the nomination?

    This is pretty indicative of the fact that gay groups are more about promoting liberals than consistency on gay issues.

    Comment by Just Me — January 7, 2013 @ 4:26 pm - January 7, 2013

  8. This is pretty indicative of the fact that gay groups are more about promoting liberals than consistency on gay issues.

    Bingo. To borrow from the Talking Heads, “Same as it ever was; same as it ever was.”

    Comment by RSG — January 7, 2013 @ 4:34 pm - January 7, 2013

  9. Agreed, if it were a Republican prez doing the same thing, the outcry would be unbelievable. The exact same thing.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — January 7, 2013 @ 6:01 pm - January 7, 2013

  10. What did Hagel do that is anti semitic?

    Comment by mike — January 7, 2013 @ 7:18 pm - January 7, 2013

  11. Well this site is a good place to start.

    No worries though mike, I’m sure if Obama’s politics lead to the destruction of the only democracy in the Mid East, we’ll just relocate them. You’re on record after all saying that’s a good thing.

    Comment by The_Livewire — January 7, 2013 @ 7:35 pm - January 7, 2013

  12. Livewire I see a lot I that shows he could be bad choice but nothing anti-semantic.

    Comment by mike — January 7, 2013 @ 8:30 pm - January 7, 2013

  13. #12 — I don’t believe Hagel has gone on record to say anything against Semantics, either.

    Though being anti-semantic doesn’t seem to have hindered the careers of most politicians. Or of many journalists, for that matter.

    Comment by Lori Heine — January 8, 2013 @ 12:14 am - January 8, 2013

  14. Lori,

    littlelettermike said @ #10: What did Hagel do that is anti semitic?

    When Livewire gave him guidance, littlelettermike decided it was a case of misinterpretation. So he changed the semantics.

    I too do not see anti-semantic in the site Livewire cited. Moreover, Chuck Hagel is not anti-semantic. He will fight over definitions and hide behind nuance 24/7. That is why Obama wants him.

    Good catch on your part! And delicious to boot.

    Comment by heliotrope — January 8, 2013 @ 10:18 am - January 8, 2013

  15. Hats off to the Log Cabin Republicans!

    Between his anti-gay statements, his anti-Israel record, his appalling worldview, and the general fact that he was a lackluster senator without much accomplishment, there is no reason to support him for SecDef. As such it would be a shame if he is confirmed.

    Odd that Obama would nominate a figure known for controversial, even Bidenesque statements. Unless, of course, that’s precisely why he chose him.

    I think that is exactly it. It’s also much of why Obama insisted on increasing tax rates for those he deems wealthy even though they won’t do much to bring down the deficit and Boehner offered to raise the same amount of money by eliminating a few deductions. Similar is the HHS mandate on contraction that has the Catholic Church so up in arms. In the first case Obama wanted to stick it to the Republicans, in the second the Catholic Church. This is his m.o., and with the nomination of Chuck Hagel we are seeing it in action once more.

    Comment by Tom the Redhunter — January 8, 2013 @ 8:06 pm - January 8, 2013

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