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Florida Agenda, Broward Log Cabin Republicans under fire for ad depicting death of ambassador

LCR-small-ad-thumb-250x605-28195Florida 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.

Reports Bil Browning of The Bilerico Project:

"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."


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Hey Steve:

Mr Eddy seems to have misspoken. It was an advertisement, not an "article" as he mistakenly refers to the LCR ad at one point.

Cliff Dunn
Executive Editor
Florida Agenda

Thanks Cliff.

LCR's Clarke Cooper is saying all the the things you would expect, but this seems like a situation that calls for action not just words.

I can't imagine an ED of any national advocacy organization not immediately suspending a chapter over something such as this. Sure you need to investigate how it happened, determine who was responsible and put safeguards in place such that it never happens again. However, it's just common sense that you shut it down until you do.

Mr. Eddy's comments demonstrate that LCR Broward remains defiant. If I were LCR's Miami Chapter Co-Director Mimi Planas, I would be incredulous that LCR's Board did not act more decisively to protect the other Florida Chapters from this runaway train.

Ironically, this is not the first LCR Chapter to run amuck during Cooper's tenure as ED. Just a year ago, LCR Dallas was "dechartered" for what Cooper described as having “engaged in a consistent pattern of behavior that detracts from the mission of our organization.”

With this second even more egregious incident in Broward, one is left to wonder if LCR has leadership issues at more than just a local chapter level?

Commentary By: Susan Stamper Browan 10/31/12

Obama’s ‘Soulless’ Responses to Beenghazi and Ft. Hood
During times of crisis Americans rightfully expect their president to be many things, including an Empathizer-in-Chief.
Given his presidency has been a complete failure when it comes to the economy, foreign policy, transparency, and job creation, one could only hope Obama would have tried a little harder to show us he can feel our pain. But, some things can't be faked. Empathy is one of them.
Ask Charles Woods, the father of the slain Navy Seal hero Tyrone Woods, who was killed during the September 11, 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya.
Sure, Obama appeared to be empathetic when standing near the four flag-draped caskets at the highly publicized memorial service at Andrews Air Force Base, but behind-the-scenes — not so much. Mr. Woods went public to say Obama refused to make eye contact with him at the service and said Obama mumbled a "totally insincere, more of a whining type, 'I'm sorry."'
Woods said Obama's handshake was "like shaking hands with a dead fish."
Dead fish. Okay, I get the lack of eye contact, considering certain facts and emails continue to surface pointing toward a full-fledged cover-up, but a "dead fish" handshake? Wow.
According to an interview with Fox News last weekend, retired Intelligence Officer Lieutenant Colonel Tony Shaffer claims, according to his sources, President Obama was watching the attack go down, "in real time." According to the Weekly Standard, Mr. Woods concurs alleging, "the White House situation room was watching our people die in real time."
We now know the CIA was denied the help they needed, although assistance was not far away. Presumably under the direction of CIA director David Petraeus, the CIA put out a statement on October 26 clarifying that the CIA had nothing to do with the decision to deny help, hence bouncing the blame back in the lap of the one whom the buck is always supposed to stop (the president).
After being told to "stand down" twice, Tyrone (and five others) made the gutsy decision to disobey orders to rescue those in harm's way. Tyrone's father told Fox News, "For seven hours the cowards in the White House were watching something they knew that was going to potentially kill those 30 people and potentially kill my son...they had a moral duty to send support and they chose not to..."
Hours later, President Obama hopped on his jet to entertain followers at a campaign rally in Las Vegas. He began his remarks speaking to the "tough day we had today..." How nice it would have been if Tyrone Woods and three others could have lived to talk about theirs.
Lest you think President Obama's bizarre handling of Benghazi is an anomaly, think again. Remember Fort Hood?
Just hours after the attack and while Americans were glued to their TVs in shock as death tolls and injury numbers rose -- an obviously disconnected and fairly jovial Obama made his first public statement about the shootings.
Obama's short statement sounding much like an afterthought about "a tragic shooting," came after his two minute lighthearted "shout out" (his words) to an audience member and talk about the necessity for healthcare reform.
The obvious disconnect between what happened at Fort Hood and the words flowing from the president's mouth was shocking. Jolting, even.

Susan Stamper Brown is an opinion page columnist, motivational speaker and military advocate who writes about politics, the military, the economy and culture. Email Susan at writestamper@gmail.com or her website at susanstamperbrown.com.

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