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Gay GOP presidential candidate to file discrimination complaint against CPAC

Posted on: January 31st, 2012 by Todd Heywood 2 Comments

Little-known openly gay Republican presidential candidate Fred Karger is accusing the American Conservative Union, which produces the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), of discrimination based on his sexual orientation. During a campaign swing in Lansing, Mich., Monday, Karger said he intends to file a complaint with Washington, D.C., officials charging he was denied a booth at CPAC because he is gay. (more…)

Tea party, conservative groups call on Congress to reject E-Verify

Posted on: September 16th, 2011 by Nicolas Mendoza 7 Comments

Image by: Matt MahurinAn open letter from leaders of the groups Take Back Washington, Tea Party Nation, Downsize DC, GOProud, the D.C. Tea Party and other conservative groups calls on members of Congress to reject the Legal Workforce Act, a bill sponsored by U.S. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) that would mandate the use of the electronic identification system E-Verify by all businesses nationwide. (more…)

FRC promises to challenge LGBT groups at 2012 GOP national convention in Tampa

Posted on: August 25th, 2011 by Sofia Resnick 1 Comment

Image by Matt MahurinAfter being tipped off by a recent Washington Blade article about GOP LGBT groups’ attempts to influence the Republican Party platform at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., Family Research Council President Tony Perkins says those groups should expect a fight. (more…)

Young, gay GOP groups oppose Johnson’s exclusion from the New Hampshire debate

Posted on: June 6th, 2011 by Nicolas Mendoza No Comments

Multiple GOP-affiliated groups are calling for presidential candidate and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson to be invited to an upcoming televised debate in New Hampshire. The debate’s hosts, CNN as well as the New Hampshire Union Leader and WMUR-TV, say they will not include Johnson because he has not received more than 2 percent support in any major national polls.

What’s particularly interesting is the nature of the groups that are supporting Johnson’s invitation: Both the New Hampshire Young Republicans and GOProud, the Republican gay-rights group, have condemned Johnson’s exclusion. Both emphasized the unusual move of excluding an experienced and respected politician from the debate, while extending invitations to less experienced candidates with greater name recognition. The Associated Press reports that David Hurst, chairman of the New Hampshire Young Republicans, says that “Johnson has an impressive record as governor and should have been included.”  Similarly, Jimmy La Salvia, executive director of GOProud, told the Washington Times, “Gary Johnson is a former two-term Governor and a committed limited government advocate… he has certainly earned the right to participate in this debate.”

With his libertarian beliefs, including his support for marijuana legalization, reproductive rights and same-sex marriage, Johnson has a clear appeal to members of a generation that tends to share his socially liberal views but that may nevertheless identify as conservative, vote Republican and want their voices heard within the party.

Critics of the debate’s format point out that relying on early polling to determine who should be included in the debate has led to the unusual outcome of inviting people who haven’t yet declared their candidacy (such as Sarah Palin, Donald Trump and, before they declared they weren’t running, Mike Huckabee and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels) while leaving out Johnson. However, as a post on Johnson’s website pointed out, Johnson actually did receive 3 percent support in recent Gallup polling, which means that the debate’s hosts are faced with a challenge to their decision.

Former Iowa senator: More state Republicans will accept, advocate for gay marriage

Posted on: June 1st, 2011 by The American Independent No Comments

More Republicans are starting to accept and advocate more for same-sex marriages in Iowa, and what was once considered a minority view within the GOP will “have influence” at the August Ames straw poll and 2012 Iowa Caucuses, a former state senator said Wednesday.

Former state Sen. Jeff Angelo, an Ames Republican, said his newly launched group, “Iowa Republicans for Freedom,” is only the beginning of more Republican-centric organizations advocating for same-sex rights, including civil marriage, and such groups will be more common as time goes on.

“If you’re an activist like me and you go to these Republican meetings and this issue gets discussed, you’re made to feel uncomfortable in you’re in favor of marriage equality,” Angelo said.

“There needs to be an organization which Republicans can join and say ‘I’d actually like to advocate for gay and lesbian marriage as part of my conservative principles,’” he continued. “So I do think that these types of groups are existing so people are aware there is another Republican voice on this issue, besides the Republicans who support exclusive one-man-one-woman marriage.”

Freedom to marry is an issue that directly aligns with the conservative beliefs of limited government and personal freedom, Angelo said.

“Iowa is in the perfect position to start the conversation about how the Republican platform can get back to its conservative roots and back to being a party that stands for true conservative values, like limited government,” he said.

Angelo is a heterosexual father of three who identifies as an evangelical Christian. He regularly attends the Ames Evangelical Free Church. While he still considers himself “very much an activist Republican,” Angelo said he, and other Republicans, are recognizing banning same-sex marriage violates the widely-held conservative belief of personal freedoms.

And while there is a shift in opinion among Republicans, it is not highly publicized.

“I keep going to meetings and get Republicans coming to me and privately saying, ‘I support what you do,’ but they don’t want to come out yet and say that.  But there’s enough people coming to me that gives me a feeling that things are shifting.”

Angelo said Iowa Republicans for Freedom, which has about 50 members, will mobilize to exert influence on the Iowa Caucuses in February, but does not expect any presidential candidates, except perhaps Fred Karger, to share the group’s view. Karger, a long-time Republican operative, is the first openly gay man from a major political party to run for President.

“I think that’s pretty unlikely (to have a political candidate agree with us), because many candidates have already established their positions (on same-sex marriage),” Angelo said. “But we will have an influence on the caucuses. We will go to caucus meetings and not be intimidated anymore, and will reject this assertion that you’re not Republican if you don’t stand on this a certain way.  We will have that kind of influence, yes.”

On the national level, more self-identified gays are finding themselves agreeing with conservative values, said Jimmy LaSalvia, executive director of the D.C.-based GOProud. GOProud was founded two years ago, and has official affiliations and movements throughout the U.S., including a movement in Iowa.

“It was the stereotype that if you were gay, you were an uber-liberal activist,” LaSalvia said. “And that is just not the case anymore. More and more gay people people are realizing they are conservative in their views. Limited government is good for everyone.”

Though LaSalvia did not speak to whether or not groups like GOProud or Iowa Republicans for Freedom would increase in number, therefore exerting influence on the conservative perspective on same-sex marriage, he said certainly opinions traditionally held by Republicans on gay marriage are changing.

“Attitudes on a whole host of issues are changing, and you’re going to see movement across the political spectrum,” LaSalvia said.

Unification of the Republican Party, however, is likely to come from the core issues conservatives share, not an issue like acceptance of gay marriage, LaSalvia said.

“I think the problems facing this country are so important that everyone should ban together to fix them,” he said. “That’s the reality that’s bringing conservatives together.”

Gay conservative groups say Pawlenty is pandering to far right with ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ remarks

Posted on: February 9th, 2011 by Melissa No Comments

The Log Cabin Republicans and GOProud criticized former Gov. Tim Pawlenty for stating that he would reinstate the military’s ban on openly serving gay and lesbian servicemembers. Pawlenty told members of the Family Leader, a group that opposes rights for same-sex couples in Iowa, that if he was elected president in 2012, he would pull funding for the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. He also said he’s unsure if gays and lesbians should be allowed in the military at all.

The groups said Pawlenty was pandering to social conservatives to shore up a floundering presidential campaign.

Here’s video of Pawlenty’s statements in Iowa (story continues after video):

Pawlenty then doubled down on his call to defund the repeal.

Think Progress asked him, “Do you think gays should be allowed to serve in the military at all, or do you think it’s detrimental to unit cohesion?”

Pawlenty responded, “I really defer to the military leaders to a large degree on this issue. I supported maintaining Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

GOProud, a group of LGBT conservatives and a sponsor of the CPAC conference Pawlenty will speak at this weekend, belittled Pawlenty’s campaign. Chris Barron, chairman of the board of GOProud, released this statement:

I understand that Pawlenty is trying hard to get people to pay attention to his campaign. Its certainly a challenge for someone with such little stature in the conservative movement to compete with high profile conservative leaders like Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain, etc. Unfortunately for Pawlenty, comments like this simply show how totally out-of-touch he is with the issues that rank and file conservatives care about. If he wants to show he is a committed social conservative he would be much better served talking about the need to defund Planned Parenthood, end federal funding for abortion, reign in an out of control judiciary and support for a parents rigths amendment to protect home-schoolers.

The Log Cabin Republicans also dinged Pawlenty for his positions on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

“Governor Pawlenty’s comments fly in the face of both overwhelming public opinion and common sense,” said R. Clarke Cooper, Log Cabin Republicans executive director. “Congress voted in a bipartisan majority in December to enact the clear will of the American people, which demanded that ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ be stricken from the books. The Secretary of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and leadership throughout the Pentagon along with Congressional leaders, including Senator John McCain, are now in full support of implementing open service. The debate on this matter is done, and that Governor Pawlenty continues to fight the end of this failed and unconstitutional policy demonstrates that he is willing to put personal ambition and political pandering ahead of the priorities of the American people.”

Marco Rubio will not attend CPAC

Posted on: January 31st, 2011 by Luke Johnson 1 Comment

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) will not be attending the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington next week, reports Alex Leary: (more…)

Mitch Daniels inclusion at CPAC draws criticism from conservative groups

Posted on: January 11th, 2011 by Patrick Caldwell No Comments

The annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) has drawn the ire from sections of the socially conservative base over their decision to allow gay-rights groups to take part in the event.

But today, outside organizations found a new reason for boycotting CPAC: Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels’ speaking slot. American Principles Project sent out a press release Tuesday morning attacking Daniels’ inclusion at CPAC as a banquet speaker.

“Governor Daniels’ selection is an affront to the millions of conservatives who believe that social issues such as abortion and traditional marriage are non-negotiable,” Andy Blom, the group’s executive director said in the statement.

The controversy revolves around comments Daniels made to The Weekly Standard last year, pushing economic matters over the base’s focus on social issues. “The next president, whoever he is, ‘would have to call a truce on the so-called social issues. We’re going to just have to agree to get along for a little while,’” The Weekly Standard’s Andrew Ferguson wrote.

This single line drew wide attention among conservatives, but appears to be the only main fault they have found with Indiana’s governor. “This really is just about that Daniels quote, because in the months since he offered it social conservatives have not pointed to any Daniels deviation from their priorities,” Slate’s Dave Weigel writes.

The continued persistence of this line could pose problematic for Daniels’ possible 2012 presidential bid. Daniels is already far behind many other candidates in early 2012 polling. So far, most of his support seems to come largely from the Washington Republican establishment, which respects Daniels for his economic bona fides. Yet, if that single line on a “truce” regarding social issues continues to follow Daniels as a defining statement, he will likely struggle to win over the conservative base that dominates the early caucus and primary states in the nominating process.

This is not the first instance of groups announcing their intention to boycott CPAC this year. In response to gay Republican organization GOProud’s attendance, Family Research Council and Concerned Women for America said they would no longer take part in CPAC. Like Daniels, the groups’ objections to GOProud’s inclusion revolved around their effort to focus Republicans on economics. “The genesis of this disagreement was a letter signed by GOProud and several local tea party groups asking conservatives to focus on economic issues as opposed to social issues,” TAI’s Luke Johnson wrote at the time.