Log Cabin applauds HRC for hiring conservative
Log Cabin Republicans applauded the decision by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) to hire Tracey St. Pierre, who resigned as chief of staff to Rep. Charles Canady (R-FL) last month, and came out as a lesbian Republican.
According to a front page story today in The Hill newspaper, St. Pierre will lobby Congress on behalf of HRC. Canady, St. Pierre's former employer, was a lead supporter of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and the chief sponsor of a bill to roll back federal affirmative action programs.
"This represents a real recognition on HRC's part that there is a serious need for a real bi-partisan strategy, and we applaud that," said Richard Tafel, executive director of Log Cabin Republicans. "People looked at us cross-eyed when Log Cabin came to Washington to lobby Republicans in 1993, and HRC's executive director at the time said we were 'kidding ourselves.' I know HRC will get a great deal of flak from the left of our community for hiring someone from a socially conservative Republican office, but it reflects their growing understanding that you have to have contacts in all parts of the Republican Party. I wanted to get on the record in support of this decision by them. There has been a growing realization in the community that we need a two-party strategy, and Log Cabin welcomes all the help we can get from every organization."
St. Pierre worked as an executive assistant to former Vice President Dan Quayle's deputy chief of staff, an previously worked for former Rep. Buz Lukens (R-OH) and Rep. John Doolittle (R-CA).
Log Cabin Republicans is the nation's largest gay and lesbian Republican organization, with 50+ chapters in 21 states nationwide.