Tuesday, March 3, 2015
A Real Low at CRP Convention
In a disturbing turn of events the CRP ignored its own by-laws by moving to recognize and charter the Log Cabin Republicans. Although the Chairman claimed he simply followed the by-laws by turning over the application to the Volunteer Committee. He chose to overlook the elephant in the room by violating another section of the by-laws as noted below:
"ARTICLE III Miscellaneous
Section 3.01 CHARTERING, SUSPENSION AND REVOCATION OF
(A) The Committee will consider for issuance of a charter, and recognition of delegate
positions and appointment rights under these bylaws, any organization whose
primary purpose is supporting and promoting the Republican principles and
platforms, and will not consider organizations based on special agendas, such as
Republicans motivated by profit, Republicans for certain life-style preferences or
orientations, Republicans for any personal agenda."
Laughably the Chairman also claimed that the Log Cabin group had changed their by-laws and they did not advocate for a certain life-style. I really wondered if that is the case then what is the purpose of their group? This did not even begin to address the other violation since the Log Cabin group intensely opposes the party platform regarding marriage.
"From CA Log Cabin website
Published on Apr 22, 2013
Log Cabin Republicans is the nation's largest Republican organization dedicated to representing the interests of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans and their allies. For more than 30 years, we have promoted the fight for equality through our state and local chapters, our full-time office in Washington, DC, and our federal and state political action committees."
Conservative Republicans were out maneuvered and out gunned by being naive in thinking that by-laws and rules have meaning. They also were unprepared and caught off guard in responding or having votes present (many from Southern California left before the vote as they had planes to catch) Another underlining factor was the Munger money, whose influence is felt everywhere ever since the party became beholding to him. In another amusing comment from the Chairman, he claimed no knowledge of Munger's role in the Log Cabin charter push. It was obvious, I observed a Bay Area meeting, Saturday night led by Munger as they planned the strategy for the vote at the session the next morning.
This was a real warning shot; Conservative Republicans will simply have to do better. The upcoming CRP Fall convention will have on the agenda the party platform which is always under attack. The life and marriage issue will have to be defended once again.
Finally, there is one possibly good thing about the new status for the Log Cabin group. They are no longer permitted to support Democrat LGBT candidates or actively oppose the party platform initiatives. If they were to do so as a charter group, their charter should be revoked, provided the rules are followed. We will be watching.