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The former head of Log Cabin Republicans is now working in the Trump White House.
Gregory T. Angelo, who was executive director and president of Log Cabin from 2013 to 2018, has become spokesman for the White House Office of Drug Control Policy, administration officials confirmed to the Washington Blade Tuesday. Angelo was most recently communications director for Republican Congressman Pete Olson of Texas.
Log Cabin didn't endorse Donald Trump for president in 2016, with Angelo saying there was "too much uncertainty" about what he would do in office. But just the same, the organization urged its supporters to defeat Trump's Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. The group also called the 2016 Republican platform the "most anti-LGBT" in the party's history, and the party has adopted the same platform for 2020.
Nonetheless, since Trump became president, Log Cabin has defended him and his administration, and it has endorsed him for reelection, prompting its executive director, Jerri Ann Henry, to resign. While Angelo was still at Log Cabin, he met with administration officials, and since leaving he has frequently tweeted pro-Trump sentiments. He has also voiced opposition to the Equality Act, a wide-ranging LGBTQ+ rights bill pending in Congress, calling it a threat to religious freedom. Trump opposes the bill too.
Angelo, who didn't reply to the Blade's request for comment, isn't the first former Log Cabin official to join the administration. R. Clarke Cooper, the group's executive director from 2010 through 2012, works in the State Department as assistant secretary for political-military affairs, the paper reports.