Brownson and the Log Cabins

This week, the Franklin County GOP endorsed Bill Brownson in his race for Columbus City Council. Brownson is the first gay Republican to earn its endorsement.

Some conservatives were not happy with the endorsement because they felt Brownson turned his back on President Bush in 2004. Brownson was Chairman of the Log Cabin when they voted against endorsing President Bush for re-election, citing a desire to “shift our financial and political resources to defeating the radical right and supporting inclusive Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives“.

Gay rights are low on my scale of important issues concerning America, but it’s one of most important issues for the LCRs. The president was pushing for gay marriage bans around the U.S. and if they were to endorse him anyway they would lose face to their members. Their disagreements with the President’s campaign notwithstanding, they still supported Republican candidates around the country in 2004 and 2006. That should count for something, right?
Gay or straight, Brownson will have a long way to go to win as a Republican in a Democratic city. But if he’s right on taxes, crime, and education, he’ll definitely have my support and will win over his skeptics.

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