After a conversation with Log Cabin Republican Executive Director, R. Clarke Cooper, The Nation‘s Ben Adler claimed the LCR had brokered a secret deal with Mitt Romney to gain his support for the Employee Non-Discrimination Act in exchange for their endorsement, which the organization announced yesterday.
Cooper denied the allegations to Buzzfeed, noting that he “did not say Romney would sign the current form of ENDA.” Adler later edited his original article to clarify that Cooper had not explicitly said that there was a deal, though he implied as much:
As I continued to press this point and suggested that LCR may be factually wrong about Romney’s position, Cooper blurted out, rhetorically, “Have you met with Romney’s domestic policy team?” Cooper’s implication was abundantly clear: Romney’s domestic policy team has privately told LCR what they wanted to hear. And therein lies the answer to how Romney secured LCR’s endorsement. But Romney so fears the wrath of the religious right that he will not adopt this position in public, (Although ENDA polls very well, major social conservative groups, such as the American Family Association, continue to oppose it and demand that Romney do the same.)
Whether a secret deal took place or not, Romney’s word is as good as the lie its printed on.