Log Cabin GOPs Deny Secret ENDA Deal With Romney In Exchange For Endorsement

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.

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  • BJ McFrisky

    A little lesson in politics here:
    A Republican has to appease his base, whether or not it’s in his heart to do so.
    A Democrat has to appease his base, whether it’s his true belief or just a means to gain votes.
    This, ladies and gentlemen, is how politics works, and to imply Romney is involved in some sort of “secret deal” with LCR is as laughable as presuming Obama truly loves us homos (hint: he does not love us, but he does need our votes, so he panders).
    Holy shit, I cannot wait for Nov 7 for all this to be over.

  • 2eo

    I wonder how many more deals Romney will have to do with his more of his own staff dismissing rape as “a gift from god” and “something that was destined to happen”


    How people can keep defending these people is beyond belief, how any intelligent people can put up a cogent argument for anyone of any moral stature to vote for them is treasonous.

  • Aidan8


    The Washington Blade’s Chris Johnson has more on the meeting R. Clarke Cooper had with Romney that led to the Log Cabin Repubiicans’ endorsement, and his non-promise of action on ENDA, which took place Oct. 17 at Greenwood Farm in Leesburg, VA:

    According to Cooper, the Romney campaign took the lead in initiating the meeting — not Log Cabin — after a series of discussions between the group and the campaign. Those in attendance at the meeting, which lasted about 15 minutes, were Romney, gay former U.S. House Rep. Jim Kolbe and Log Cabin staffer Casey Pick and a Romney staffer. Neither Cooper nor Kolbe would identify the campaign staffer who accompanied Romney.

    Kolbe, a Log Cabin member who’s also a trustee of the organization, stopped short of saying Romney offered any firm commitments on federal workplace non-discrimination protections, but said they were discussed during the meeting.

    “He gives us a firm personal view of opposing workplace discrimination without endorsing ENDA specifically,” Kolbe said. “I think that it’s an area of opportunity where we have an opportunity to make a lot of headway with him.”

    Kolbe said he also brought up immigration issues affecting same-sex couples — such as the inability of gay Americans to sponsor their foreign partners for residency. Kolbe faces that problem with his own partner, Hector Alfonso. Kolbe said Romney acknowledged him by nodding, but offered no further response.

    Cooper told Buzzfeed that there was no deal on ENDA to secure a Romney endorsement after Nation reporter Ben Adler suggested it in an article posted yesterday.

    Cooper said this to Johnson: “I can say with confidence that the Romney administration would work on desirable outcomes for workplace non-discrimination. I’m going to leave it broad like that because I think there’s room for administrative action as well as legislative. I also think it’s probably fair to say that legislation in a form of an ENDA or an ENDA-like legislation is certainly realistic.”

    Posted 1:46 PM EST by Andy Towle

    Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/#ixzz2AEwvOXlA

  • Lefty

    ‘Cooper said this to Johnson: “I can say with confidence that the Romney administration would work on desirable outcomes for workplace non-discrimination. I’m going to leave it broad like that because I think there’s room for administrative action as well as legislative. I also think it’s probably fair to say that legislation in a form of an ENDA or an ENDA-like legislation is certainly realistic.”’

    The art of saying absolutely nothing, at length.

  • Dumdum

    @BJ McFrisky: You do realize that the popular vote has no effect on who is elected as our president and V.P. It is the Electoral College. Votes are BOUGHT NOT WON by any amount of pandering. That is our current system. It is anything but a democracy. At the end of the day, he who has the most toys, wins. I wish every American could install an elevator for their car at their home. Romney doesn’t care one whit about America or the American people. ALL HE WANTS IS TO BE PRESIDENT. Just another toy, another feather in his cap. AND THAT my friend is VERY SCARY….

  • Little-Kiwi

    @Dumdum: and YOU do realize that BJ is a cowardly closeted troll who hates Obama because his own white conservative family hates having him for a son, right?

    he’s textbook. pity him.

  • BJ McFrisky

    @Dumdum: Oh I’m very aware of how the electoral college works, but I also know that it’s not as preordained as you may think, which is why Obama and Romney are hitting the swing states hard these last couple weeks. So yes, in some states, usually those that aren’t over-the-top liberal or conservative, our votes DO count. I unfortunately live in CA, so I won’t be bothering to vote, since my vote has already been cast in favor of Obama.
    Funny you point at Romney as the one who just “wants to be president,” when Obama spent his entire career running for office, all while doing nothing while in office. Even Hillary Clinton said of Obama in 2008, “This is a man with all the experience of public speaking and nothing more.”

  • ScaryRussianHeather


    “Indiana GOP Senate” is not a position on a presidential candidate’s “staff”. There is no relationship between Senate candidates and presidential candidates.And the idiot was not talking about the rape being a gift but the life [was intended].

    Of course he’s a moron but it has nothing to do with Romney and it’s up to the STATE OF INDIANA to judge.


    LOL everybody up in arms that Romney MIGHT be the one to get ENDA through.

    LOL everybody up in arms that Romney may have had a secret meeting with the ghey because Obama seriously never had any “secret meetings”?

  • ScaryRussianHeather

    @BJ McFrisky:

    Hillary also said beware of the 3 am phone call with Obama. Of course it came to pass and a gay man [spy prolly] serving his country was the victim of both her AND Obama. The irony.

  • Aidan8

    Hyperbole from ScaryRussianHeather… what a surprise.

  • DarkZephyr

    BJ McFrisky always seems to support Anti-gays any time I see him post.

  • BJ McFrisky

    @ScaryRussianHeather: The irony, indeed. And as I’ve asked before, Where is the outrage that the Obama administration threw a gay ambassador to the wolves and tried covering it up? You and I both know that if Bush had done the same, it would be the #1 article on this site for months. But under Obama, they’ll just conveniently look the other way.
    @DarkZephyr: I’m hardly anti-gay—I mean, I AM gay, for chrissakes. I only try to balance out the hysteria that sometimes pokes it ugly head around here (and there seem to be a lot of hysterics in this neighborhood).

  • 2eo

    @DarkZephyr: Because he is NOT gay, and is paid to troll forums and blogs. He posts all over the place, he isn’t good at hiding his IP. I think with what has happened with one of his cohorts over the past week he’s retreated a little, he hasn’t been on their IRC channel for a week now.

  • Evji108

    Why would Romney even want the endorsement of a bunch of turncoat fags in the first place? Why the Republicans even tolerate these people in their party is a mystery to me, I mean they stand for everything they hate.

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