Florida Agenda and the Broward Log Cabin Republicans club are under fire for a Log Cabin chapter ad published this week blaming the Obama administration for the death of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens.
"If the Obama administration isn't going to protect Gay/Gay-friendly American citizens from the terror of Islamic radicalism, what makes you think they will protect us from Shariah Law... ANYWHERE?" the ad asks above a Getty Images photo of the ambassador's body being carried through the streets of Benghazi following an attack on the embassy. A video posted by the New York Times shows Stevens being pulled out of a window shortly after the attack. People in the crowd can be heard saying that Stevens is alive and that they would be taking him to the hospital.
Fellow Log Cabin Republicans are distancing themselves from the ad.
Miriam "Mimi" Planas, co-director of the Miami club just issued this statement:
Yesterday, a controversial ad released by the Log Cabin Club of Broward County was brought to our attention here at the Log Cabin Republicans of Miami. The Log Cabin Republicans of Miami would like to clarify that we were not and are not in agreement with this advertisement. We were not involved in its inception or in its release and had no knowledge of this ad until yesterday. There are three LCR chapters in Florida, all operating independently. It is important to keep this in mind so that in the future all "Florida" chapters are NOT linked together as one cooperating unit.
Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact myself or our Co-Director Eddie Sierra. We will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
Log Cabin Republicans national Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper also criticized the ad, according to Bilerico:
"This ad does not represent the position of Log Cabin Republicans, and we reject it completely," he said. "The 9-11 attack on Americans posted in Libya was a straight up act of terrorism. There are plenty of reasons to vote Republican on protecting US interests abroad, but such an ad is fallacious, simple minded and irresponsible."
Broward Log Cabin spokesman A. Jay (Andy) Eddy calls Planas' email "a cop-out" and he acknowledged that "national called me up and said they were very upset."
According to Bilerico's Browning, "the advertisement also insinuates that Ambassador Stevens was gay."
Eddy disputes that.
"Nowhere in the article [ad] does it say he was gay," Eddy told The Miami Herald. "Sharia terrorists don't support women or gays. ... People asked, 'How could you use that picture?' I said did we not use the picture of Matthew Shepard in attacks on the Republican Party."
Eddy stands behind the club ad: "If I can save one life of a gay citizen or one woman, I'm proud of it and I support the state of Israel."