John McCain’s camp reached out to its queer comrades this week by sending key staffers to address the Log Cabin Republicans this week.
Political director Mike DuHaime popped in on the group, which transplanted itself to St. Paul for the party’s convention. This is the first year the Cabinites have been official RNC guests.
Additionally, McCain strategist Steve Schmidt swung by a Log Cabin lunch today and described the group’s involvement as “important,” reports The Advocate‘s Kerry Eleveld:
I just wanted to take a second to come by and pay my respect and the campaign’s respect to your organization and to your group,” said Schmidt, who many view as the new architect of the Republican Party. “Your organization is an important one in the fabric of our party.”
In his brief remarks, Schmidt weaved in a personal anecdote about his lesbian sister and her relationship to him, his wife, and his children. “On a personal level, my sister and her partner are an important part of my life and our children’s life,” he said. “I admire your group and your organization and I encourage you to keep fighting for what you believe in because the day is going to come.”
Unlike some of his party peers, Schmidt supports gay marriage and in 2007 asked California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to back inclusive legislation.