LGBT Activists Try to Hijack Proposal to Simplify GOP Platform

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In Cleveland, some delegates on the Republican Party’s platform committee reported that a pro-LGBT group tried to hijack a proposal to return the party to conservative principles.

Boyd Matheson, former chief of staff to Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah), has worked closely with conservative intellectuals like Hillsdale College President Larry Arnn and historian David Barton to draft and advocate a platform for the GOP that aims to restate the basic principles of conservatism.

However, The American Unity Fund, a group bankrolled by billionaire LGBT activists like Paul Singer, tried hijacking this proposal and using it for their own agenda.

“It’s one of the filthiest things I’ve ever seen in politics,” Maryland delegate Ben Marci told The Daily Signal.

Apparently, delegates working for the American Unity Fund tried drumming up support for Matheson’s proposal in an attempt to have a floor debate on the GOP’s social agenda during the convention itself.

Delegates who support Matheson but oppose Singer’s group claim that delegates aligned with the American Unity Fund lied to them to get their support for pushing an LGBT agenda during the national convention.

“We are denouncing this effort for what it is: a desperate and divisive attempt to advance a personal agenda at the expense of the over 100 delegates who have spent hours crafting the platform for 2016,” Barton wrote with Matheson in an email.

Indeed, in many ways, the AUF’s hijacking represents the opposite of what Matheson sought to accomplish. Continue Reading

There’s a Big GOP Convention Fight Brewing — And It Doesn’t Involve Trump

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The debate over who will be the GOP presidential nominee is not the only battle Republicans will face at their national convention this summer. A divisive fight is developing on whether or not to include the issue of gay marriage on the official party platform in 2016.

The issue of gay marriage has been a contentious one in 2016, and it is now an issue that splits the business and evangelical wings of the Republican Party. This fact has never been more evident, as behind the scenes top GOP donors are raising money and support to remove the issue of gay marriage from the party platform at the 2016 convention in July.

Paul Singer, billionaire hedge fund manager and founder of Elliot Management Corporation, founded the American Unity PAC in 2012 to back pro-gay marriage Republicans in congressional races. The PAC became a new way for donors looking to protect Republicans friendly to gay rights, serving as a countermeasure to anti-gay marriage groups such as the National Organization for Marriage.

Now with the American Unity Fund, the non-profit arm of the PAC, Singer and other powerhouse GOP donors are calling for the GOP to change its stance on marriage and other social issues that were a center of the party’s 2012 platform.

Social conservatives, however, are not ready to compromise.

Former presidential candidate and Governor Mike Huckabee responded to reports that some Republicans were lobbying for tolerance of gay marriage on the party’s 2016 platform, calling it disastrous. Continue Reading

Memo to Paul Singer: Let Rubio Step Aside

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Donald Trump had a ‘yuge’ night last night — winning three out of four states. Ted Cruz cemented his position as number two — the only Trump alternative in the race. And the Marco Rubio dream died a little more.

Trump used his Mississippi and Michigan victories to brilliantly command a solid hour of free television time. All three cable news networks could not look away as the winning candidate sold steaks, talked about unifying the party, thanked “little Marco” for helping him beat back “lying Ted,” shamed a male reporter who rebuked his language, and announced he, Donald J. Trump, could be more presidential than anybody — except Abraham Lincoln.

Three Florida polls have Trump trouncing Rubio in Florida, and that was before humiliating losses last night. Rubio earned only single digits in Mississippi and Michigan and picked up zero delegates.

It is a shame to watch such a talented communicator be lead down this walk of shame by his donors’ unwillingness to acknowledge that Cruz is the only guy who could unite the non-Trump majority in the GOP.

Politico reported on the megadonors, including Paul Singer, who are funding an anti-Trump ad campaign centered mostly in Florida (as I pointed out yesterday):

What’s more, Ted Cruz’s emergence as the best-placed alternative has complicated the anti-Trump movement’s push to find financiers. Many top Republicans, especially those in Washington, see Cruz as just as objectionable as Trump.

‘It is why it has been so difficult to get an anti-Trump campaign together,’ confided one top Republican strategist, who opposes both men.

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Why Does the GOP Establishment Hate Cruz?

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David Brooks has thoughtfully just published a piece in which he lays down the case that Ted Cruz is just as bad as Donald Trump for the GOP. It’s a thin case summed up in these two paragraphs:

Ted Cruz would be a terrible general election candidate, at least as unelectable as Donald Trump and maybe more so. He is the single most conservative Republican in Congress, far adrift from the American mainstream. He’s been doing well in primaries because of the support of “extremely conservative” voters in very conservative states, and he really hasn’t broken out of that lane. His political profile is a slightly enlarged Rick Santorum but without the heart.

On policy grounds, he would be unacceptable to a large majority in this country. But his policy disadvantages are overshadowed by his public image ones. His rhetorical style will come across to young and independent voters as smarmy and oleaginous. In Congress, he had two accomplishments: the disastrous government shutdown and persuading all his colleagues to dislike him.

These might be very good reasons for preferring and urging a different candidate than Cruz. But given the repeatedly stated idea that Trump would be a disaster for the country, and destroy the GOP, its a poor excuse for refusing to coalesce around the one candidate who has emerged as the non-Trump in this race.

Mitt Romney and his cohorts do not seem to understand that you cannot beat a horse unless you have another horse.  Continue Reading

Rubio-Backer Funding Major Effort to Revoke Support for Marriage in GOP Platform

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A powerfully funded pro-gay marriage movement is organizing within the Republican Party to take support for our classic understanding of marriage out of the Republican Party platform, reports the Washington Blade, a leading gay newspaper.

The group Platform Reform is a campaign that originally grew out of Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry but is now a project of the American Unity Fund, a Republican group dedicated to changing the GOP’s stance on marriage and other gay issues.

The money behind the push? It comes from Paul Singer, hedge fund CEO and one of the biggest Republican backers of same-sex marriage. Since 2010, Singer donated $1.6 million to start the American Unity PAC last year, and he has donated over $3 million to Freedom to Marry. Marc Solomon, the national campaign director of the organization, has said that Singer has made a “profound difference” in the movement “by putting his power, muscle, dollars, and heft behind this issue.”

The three-paragraph plank proposed by Platform Reform seeks to “recognize the debate on same-sex marriage within the Republican Party without articulating an objection to it.”  Neutralizing the GOP’s support for our marriage tradition, and opposition to the Supreme Court’s radical decision in Obergefell redefining it, is the group’s stated mission.

As Jerri Ann Henry, campaign manager for Platform Reform, puts it: “We’re pro-limited government, we’re very pro-family,” she said. “Having more families is a big deal in our community and makes for a more stable society. Continue Reading

Rubio Tries to Quell Social Conservative Fears (VIDEO)

Speaking at a meeting with pastors last week in Iowa, Senator Marco Rubio was asked about his relationship to mega-donor — and same-sex marriage supporter — Paul Singer and whether socially conservative voters could trust Rubio to hold firm on life, marriage, and religious liberty.  You can watch and read Rubio’s response below, courtesy of “The Brody File” and CBN News:

PASTOR: What gives me pause is a guy like Paul Singer who has endorsed you. We’ve heard Donald Trump say, ‘well, when I give them money, they do what I say.’ How do we know — as an evangelical who’s deeply concerned about life, religious liberty and marriage in particular, all of those, how do I know that he’s not going to direct you, that he’s not going to sway a large amount of influence over you because he has fought vehemently for same-sex marriage and now he’s backing you? What is it that he sees in you that he doesn’t see in somebody else?

MARCO RUBIO: Well, a couple points. First of all, virtually every candidate running for president has sought his help in this campaign. He supported me in 2010, he supported Senator Cruz in 2012, he supported Mike Lee in Utah, he supported a lot of people running for president. That’s the first.

The second thing I would say — and this is honest, this is the truth. Mr. Singer has never ever tried to change my mind or deeply discuss with me the issue. He knows where I stand on the issue.

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Rubio Donor and New Campaign Appointee Stand in Separate Camps

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When one of the GOP’s top donors came out with his endorsement for the Republican nomination, criticisms came flying in not only from Donald Trump (which was to be expected) but from many others within the party.

Marco Rubio’s strong stance on traditional marriage and the family just doesn’t quite mesh with multi-billionaire Paul Singer’s huge financial push to influence the GOP’s acceptance of gay marriage.  For example, in the 2014 congressional elections, he donated $10.6 million to several super PACs with a third of the money going to American Unity PAC, a group that supports Republican proponents of same-sex marriage.

Before his critics could condemn Rubio for having become soft on marriage, however, Rubio brought Eric Teetsel to his team—previously the director of the Manhattan Declaration, a national movement to call on the Christian conscience to protect life, marriage, and religious freedom.

While Singer’s endorsement had him concerned, Brian Brown, head of the National Organization for Marriage, was encouraged by Rubio’s pick.  “Eric’s a great leader, he’s a great friend, it’s great for his campaign,” Brown said. “For us the issue is, appointments are good but we need more than just words.  We need action—for him to stand up and sign the pledge.”

Brown is referring to NOM’s Marriage Pledge, a promise that has been currently signed by four candidates to take action to protect marriage and religious liberty, such as working for the passage of the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA). Continue Reading