Log Cabin Leader to Step Down

by Kilian Melloy
Friday Nov 14, 2008

After two years as the president of the GLBT political organization Log Cabin Republicans, Patrick Sammon will step down in 2009.

The Log Cabin Republicans issued a press release to announce Sammon's decision, quoting him as saying, "After five years at this organization and more than two years leading Log Cabin, I am ready to tackle new challenges.

"I'll be doing documentary filmmaking; which is what I did before joining Log Cabin's staff."

Added Sammon, "I told Log Cabin's national board earlier this year I would be moving on after the election.

"I'm proud of the progress we've made and I know Log Cabin is well positioned to impact the GOP's future direction."

The group was founded in California three decades ago, and bills itself as a national organization that "promotes legislation to provide basic fairness for gay and lesbian Americans and works to build a more inclusive GOP."

In recent years, the Log Cabin Republicans have joined together with other Republican groups such as Republicans for Choice and Republicans for Environmental Protection in order to reassert traditional Republican values of limited government and the promotion of individual rights and responsibilities, according to a Wikipedia entry on the group.

Pete Kingma, the organization's National Board Chairman, was quoted in the release as saying, "We thank Patrick for the excellent job he has done as President."

Added Kingma, "His communication ability and political skills served the organization very well."

Among other gains made for America's GLBT community, the Log Cabin Republicans helped to bring 35 GOP lawmakers on board to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) in the House, the release noted.

The release noted that although Democrats made significant gains in this year's election, three-quarters of Congressional incumbents backed by the Log Cabin Republicans won re-election.

Also, despite the loss of Republican presidential candidate John McCain, whom the organization endorsed, the group's close working relationship with the McCain camp contributed to an "inclusive campaign [that] was an important step forward as we educate GOP voters about the importance of fairness and freedom for gay and lesbian people," according to Sammon.

Sammon will also be leaving his leadership position at the non-partisan Liberty Education Forum. A national search for Sammon's successor is now underway, the release said.

Said Sammon, "With the election behind us, it's a good time to make a transition.

"I have put my heart and soul into this organization and I am proud of our achievements."

The Log Cabin Republicans decried Mitt Romney's opposition to gay and lesbian families as a means to work up support for his campaign during the primaries, the release said, and although the anti-gay amendment Proposition 8 was approved by California voters, rescinding gay and lesbian family marriage rights, "I'm proud of our work in gaining GOP allies to oppose the measure," Sammon was quoted as saying.

The group has also worked with New York lawmakers in helping to advance the cause of marriage equality in that state.

Said Sammon, "I thank all Log Cabin members who provided generous support for our work.

"I'm grateful for your commitment to this organization."

Added Sammon, "I will continue assisting in any way I can to advance Log Cabin's mission."

Noted Kingma, "Log Cabin has a huge opportunity to influence the Republican Party's renewal in the months and years ahead.

"The GOP's brand is severely damaged," Kingma continued. "Log Cabin will be an important part of the effort to revive our Party with a unifying philosophy that brings people together around inclusive GOP values instead of wedge issue politics."

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.


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