I will say it again; I read the Flash Report so you don’t have to.Ã‚Â And what I read there over the past week or so troubles me.Ã‚Â There are a series of articles and posts about Republican candidates for office rejecting the endorsement of Log Cabin Republicans, a pro-Gay Rights GOP group seeking to change the party from within.Ã‚Â Their mission statement reads something like this:
Log Cabin Republicans work to make the Republican Party more inclusive, particularly on gay and lesbian issues.Ã‚Â Equality will be impossible to achieve without Republican votes.Ã‚Â Working from inside the PartyÃ¢â‚¬â€educating other Republicans about gay and lesbian issuesÃ¢â‚¬â€is the most effective way to gain new Republican allies for equality.Ã‚Â Log Cabin also exists as a voice for GOP values among members of the gay andÃ‚Â lesbian community.Ã‚Â
Sue Horne is locked in a neck and neck primary with Dan Logue in Assembly District 3 — and was caught completely off guard when, unsolicited, she was endorsed by the state’s Gay Republican organization, the Log Cabin Club of California.Ã‚Â Similarly, in Assembly District 71, which straddles the Orange/Riverside County boundary, Neil Blais is in a blowout primary with opponent Jeff Miller.Ã‚Â Blais, as well, was the subject of an unsolicited “drive by endorsement” by the Log Cabin Republicans.Ã‚Â Neither candidate went after the endorsement of the group, and as it turns out, neither candidate wants it.”
I am reminded that Republicans frequently consider themselves the party with the Big Tent.Ã‚Â Well, there may be a Big Tent, but for members of the Log Cabin Republicans, there’s an awning for them to stand outside on.Ã‚Â
The hostility in the posts is what gets me.Ã‚Â Ray Hayes had an earlier post on Flash where he demonstrated quite cleary that Republicans in general don’t know very much about gays and lesbians; perhaps the LCRs might like to consider a friendlier party — the one with the Donkey as its symbol?