Tuesday, March 3, 2009
When will these silly Log Cabin Republicans get the message?
The Republican party of Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich, John Cornyn, and Mitch McConnell want nothing to do with them.
Freepers at the Free Republican blasted the gay Republican group recently alleging Democratic influence over the GOP organization and its search for a new president.
The dust-up centers around Tim Gill, founder and chair of Gill Action, known for funding the campaigns of pro-gay politicians, many of them Democrats. Gill, a wealthy entrepreneur and founder of Quark, donated tens of thousands of dollars to various Democratic causes and candidates, including to the campaigns of Sens. John Kerry, John Edwards and Chris Dodd, as well as New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson. Gill is viewed as publicity shy, but made a rare public appearance at last year’s Democratic National Convention in Denver where he lives.
According to the Free Republic, sources familiar with Log Cabin, who spoke to the Blade on the condition of anonymity, said Gill Action’s contributions in 2008 amounted to $250,000 of Log Cabin’s $750,000 budget, making Gill as “the largest single contributor to Log Cabin.”
What appears to have rankled the Freeper brain trust most is a controversial TV commercial Log Cabin Republicans aired targeting former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2007 for his antigay posturing before the Iowa caucuses. The ad was allegedly written and funded by Gill Action, but executed through Log Cabin to ensure the GOP organization’s name was attached to it.
Log Cabin Republicans are almost extinct. The group has no full-time staff and no president. Part-time staffers are handling preparation for their National Convention in April in Washington, D.C.