Log Cabin Republicans Announces Congressional Endorsements
BY Julie Bolcer
October 02 2012 10:50 AM ET
Log Cabin Republicans announced its first wave of congressional endorsements Monday, giving a nod to 20 “incumbents and challengers who value individual liberty, personal responsibility, and believe in an inclusive Republican Party,” according to a statement from the group.
Log Cabin, which represents gay Republicans and conservatives around the country, promised to commit resources to the election of the candidates. The group said, “These fellow conservatives appreciate that all Americans seek to enjoy the same freedoms and inalienable rights, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.”
The list includes some endorsements Log Cabin had already made, such as Sen. Scott Brown and Richard Tisei of Massachusetts, who could become the first openly gay Republican ever elected to the House. Other endorsed candidates include representatives Richard Hanna of New York, Mary Bono-Mack of California, and Judy Biggert of Illinois, three incumbents who this year received support from American Unity PAC, the super PAC founded by Paul Singer, the hedge fund billionaire and major Mitt Romney backer.
Log Cabin also endorsed Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehthinen of Florida, the only Republican so far to support legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, and Congresswoman Nan Hayworth of New York, who faces a gay Democratic challenger, Sean Patrick Maloney.
Log Cabin has not yet announced whether it plans to endorse Mitt Romney for president. Read the full list of endorsements below.
Scott Brown (MA)
Charlie Bass (NH-02)
Judy Biggert (IL-11)
Mary Bono-Mack (CA-36)
John Campbell (CA-45)
Joe Carvin (NY-17)
Gary DeLong (CA-47)
John Dennis (CA-12)
Charles Djou (HI-01)
Chris Fields (MN-05)
Charlie Dent (PA-15)
Bob Dold (IL-10)
Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-08)
Nan Hayworth (NY-18)
Richard Hanna (NY-22)
Leonard Lance (NJ-07)
Dave Reichert (WA-08)
Andrew Roraback (CT-05)
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-18)
Richard Tisei (MA-06)
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