DC Log Cabin Responds To GLAA’s Candidate Ratings

Contact: Robert Turner
August 26, 2010
(202) 253-1830 cell


WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance (GLAA) released their rating results for the upcoming Washington, DC City Council primary elections.  The results, which included perfect +10 for Jim Graham and Phil Mendelson, also included a +6 for Ward 5 candidate Harry Thomas Jr.  Gay Republicans Marc Morgan and Timothy Day scored +3 and +1.5 respectively.  Of the other results, the only non-incumbent to score higher than the incumbent was Vincent Gray. who was endorsed in 2006 by the GLAA.

Robert Turner, President of the DC Log Cabin Republicans made the following statement following the release of the GLAA ‘gay-supportiveness’ rating results on Wednesday.  “It’s outrageous that GLAA thinks they can rate two gay men so low for “gay-supportiveness” and get away with it without anyone asking questions.  This doesn’t pass the smell test.  If GLAA actually put out ratings based on community activism and not party affiliation, we might have some real insight into who will stand up for LGBT rights once on the City Council.”

The DC Chapter of Log Cabin Republicans has endorsed both Marc Morgan in Ward 1 and Tim Day in Ward 5.

Log Cabin Republicans is a national organization started in 1977 that believe in low taxes, limited government, strong defense, free markets, personal responsibility, and individual liberty.  The DC Chapter holds monthly meetings, supports local Republican candidates and sponsors monthly social gatherings.  For more information, please visit http://www.dclogcabin.org.

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One Response to DC Log Cabin Responds To GLAA’s Candidate Ratings

  1. 1. GLAA has never endorsed Vincent Gray, or any candidate in a partisan race. We are quite explicit about this.

    2. GLAA never said our rating was for “gay-supportiveness.” We have a specific set of policy positions which are reflected in the questionnaire, and are explained in our “Agenda: 2010” policy brief which we provided to every candidate.

    3. GLAA does not give any points for being gay. We do not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. However, one might expect a gay candidate to have an advantage in knowing the background on many of the issues. Had that been demonstrated in the questionnaire responses from Mssrs. Morgan and Day, we would have had more to go on. The record clearly shows that Councilmember Phil Mendelson, who is straight, is our strongest champion on the Council. If the only people we could count on were the openly gay councilmembers, that would be 2 out of 13. How much legislation do you think we could pass with that?

    4. GLAA does not rate candidates based on their popularity, but on their positions on the issues, their demonstrated understanding of the issues, and their record. Failure to articulate their positions or provide any evidence of their record on LGBT issues gives us no reason to believe they would be politically effective on our issues. It is too bad that Marc Morgan failed to provide any evidence of his record to GLAA. We found his statement, “I have worked extensively for Marriage equality in Ohio, Arizona, Maryland and D.C.” to lack credibility based on our work on the issue in D.C. No one in the group was aware of any contribution that he may have made to the effort in D.C.

    5. As for the charge that our ratings were based on party affiliation, why then would we have given Tommy Thomas only a +6? Each candidate got what he or she earned. We have been doing this for many years–indeed we are known for the thoroughness and fairness of our ratings process–and are all too familiar with candidates or their flacks blaming us for their own shortcomings. I am sorry that Log Cabin has taken the easy partisan route, but GLAA’s long history of non-partisan fairness belies your claims. Not so long ago there were two Republican councilmembers, one of them openly gay, who consistently won high marks from GLAA.

    6. Candidates unhappy with their ratings may submit a revised questionnaire response for consideration for the general election. In that case we suggest that they provide more detailed answers and document their activist records as we request of all candidates.

    Rick Rosendall
    Vice President for Political Affairs
    Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance

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