Friday, December 28, 2012

Log Cabin Republicans run full page NY Times ad opposing Hagel nomination

Log Cabin Republicans took out a full-page ad in the New York Times today to criticize potential Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel for his comments about gay people not upholding American values and his positions on Iran and Israel.

There has been substantial backlash since word came that President Obama plans to nominate Hagel. Like Susan Rice, who withdrew as Sec. of State nominee, might Hagel find himself in a similar position?

From R. Clarke Cooper, outgoing executive director of Log Cabin Republicans: "Chuck Hagel’s weak record on preventing nuclear proliferation in Iran, lack of confidence in our ally Israel as well as an aggressive history against the LGBT community is a negative combination for a secretary of defense nominee," he said in an email. "While he may have recently apologized for his anti-gay comments to save his possible nomination, Hagel cannot walk away from his consistent record against economic sanctions to try to change the behavior of the Islamist radical regime in Tehran."

Asked by BuzzFeed about Hormel's initial assessment of Hagel's apology, that it was done with political expediency, not healing, in mind, Cooper remarked, "Log Cabin Republicans concur with Ambassador Hormel's original assessment of Chuck Hagel's current position on gay rights. We question the sincerity of it."

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