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Log Cabiners try a different approach in NC

Given my home state GOP’s reputation, it wasn’t a surprise when the local chapter of the Log Cabin Repugs were denied a table at the state convention in 2004. The public position of the party was “homosexuality is not normal and should not be established as an acceptable ‘alternative’ lifestyle either in public education or in public policy,” and it strongly endorsed the anti-gay marriage amendment proposal that is currently in committee in the state legislature.

This year the LCRs are not even going to attempt getting a table, but are running a tolerance ad during the state convention. I just don’t see any room for inclusion for the LCRs in the party of Jesse Helms, James Forrester and Bill James.

Log Republicans are running a television commercial during the state Republican Party convention here urging North Carolina’s GOP to be more inclusive. The Log Cabin Republicans, which were barred by current GOP chairman Ferrell Blount from setting up a table at last year’s convention, planned to air the ad through Sunday on Asheville’s cable television system.

“Our commercial has a simple message – the GOP can be an inclusive majority party uniting all North Carolinians or it can be an intolerant party hijacked by the radical right’s divisive social agenda,” Chris Barron, the group’s political director, said Friday at a news conference in Asheville.

Barron’s group decided against asking for a table at this year’s convention. Instead, they plan to spend from $4,000-$5,000 to air the 30-second ad during the convention’s three days.

The ad begins with footage of Ronald Reagan saying that he hoped history “will record that I appealed to your best hopes, not your worst fears.”

“Will we unite on the things that matter most, like supporting our troops and winning the war on terror?” the ad says. “Or will we divide the American family with the politics of intolerance and fear that only lead to hate?

“Our choice is clear,” the ad ends. “Hope, not fear.”

Thanks to House Blender Ann for the pointer.

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