Log Cabin Republicans Releases Second Ad Criticizing Chuck Hagel for "Totality" of Record on Gay Rights

January 7, 2013 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Blogger Tumblr

(Washington, DC) - Today, the Log Cabin Republicans (LCR) took out a full-page ad in The Washington Post opposing the potential nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) for Secretary of Defense.

The ad specifically addresses Chuck Hagel's recent apology, submitted after his anti-gay remarks opposing the Ambassadorship of James Hormel for being "openly, aggressively, gay" surfaced in the media. In Hagel's apology to Politico he said his comments did not reflect the "totality of [his] public record."

However, in actuality, the "totality" of Hagel's public record on gay issues is dismal:

The Washington Post ad asserts, "Chuck Hagel's Apology: Too Little, Too Late."

"At Chuck Hagel's request, we looked into the 'totality' of his public record on gay rights, and it did nothing to assuage our concerns that his anti-gay record makes him the wrong choice to oversee the ongoing integration of gays and lesbians in the military," stated Gregory T. Angelo, Interim Executive Director of the Log Cabin Republicans." Until his name surfaced as a potential nominee for Secretary of Defense, he has stood firmly and aggressively against not only gay marriage, but also against gay people in general. Log Cabin Republicans helped lead the charge to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell and is extremely invested in seeing that we don't lose any ground due to a lack of sincere commitment to gay people and their families on the part of the incoming Defense Secretary."

Today's ad is Log Cabin's second to condemn Hagel, following a December 27th advertisement in The New York Times.