Why Is The New Head of the Log Cabin Republicans Raising Cash For a Bigot in Virginia?

Patrick Murray, the pro-choice and anti-gay Iraq War vet, is facing off today in Virginia’s 8th Congressional District against (gay) former FCC lawyer Matthew Berry. They both want the GOP’s nomination to face Rep. Jim Moran in November. But Murray (pictured top), in his voter communications, appears to not only be misleading the public about Berry’s stance on gay marriage and DADT, but using Berry’s supposed support of same-sex marriage and repealing the military policy as a reason you should vote for Murray. Because Murray doesn’t like him any of that gross gay marriage or openly serving soldiers. So, uh, why is the new head of the Log Cabin Republicans — a group of conservatives who allegedly value rights for gays — helping Murray raise money for his campaign?

R. Clarke Cooper (pictured), himself an Iraq War veteran, is the Log Cabins’ new executive director, which the group proudly announced last month. He’s personally hosted benefits for Murray (see below video, where Murray is speaking) and donated directly to his campaign.

Who is Cooper not raising funds for? Mr. Berry, who at least believes in a state’s right to choose its own same-sex marriage laws.

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  • Devon

    Frankly I’d be more surprised if the LCRs WEREN’T backing a candidate who hates gay people.

  • Republican


  • dfrw

    I am shocked….not!

  • christopher di spirito

    I guess this is a rhetorical question, Queerty?

  • Lefty


  • Bob R

    Log Cabin Republicans, Quislings or Gay Kapos? Either or, they’re despicable excuses for gay human beings.

  • Jimmi

    Are there any other type of Republicans, besides bigots?

  • Baxter

    @Jimmi: Congrats, you’re an idiot.

  • tjr101


    Ah NO, as in the party of NO!

  • Bill Perdue

    It’s a crime, and just big a crime as raising money for Obama and the DNC. Obama constantly tosses us under the bus and the DNC funds anti-LGBT anti-choice christer groups.

  • Queer Supremacist

    @Republican: See, even gay Republicans don’t like LCR.

    I hate so-called “liberals” (read: watered-down socialists) but I do not consider myself a conservative for these reasons.

  • Robert

    R. Clarke Cooper (in his biography on Log Cabin Republicans and on his Linked profile online) says that he is currently in the Army Reserve. Since he is a gay man, and now is the head of a gay Republican (but still gay) organization, would he be discharged from the military because of “Don’t Ask, Don’t tell”? He has effectively “told” by taking the position with Log Cabin.

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