Tom Davis: Supports Hate Amendment but Takes Gay Money

By: pitin
Published On: 9/21/2006 11:10:50 AM

Cross Posted at Hurst 2006 Blog

Tom Davis has done some pretty hypocritical stuff, but this just tops them all.

Last night at a candidateG«÷s debate with Democrat Andrew Hurst for the 11th district of Virginia House of Rep seat, Tom Davis clearly stated that he would vote for VirginiaG«÷s hate bill.

Question: Shall Article I (the Bill of Rights) of the Constitution of Virginia be amended to state:

"That only a union between one man and one woman may be a marriage valid in or recognized by this Commonwealth and its political subdivisions.

This Commonwealth and its political subdivisions shall not create or recognize a legal status for relationships of unmarried individuals that intends to approximate the design, qualities, significance, or effects of marriage. Nor shall this Commonwealth or its political subdivisions create or recognize another union, partnership, or other legal status to which is assigned the rights, benefits, obligations, qualities, or effects of marriage."?

Yet, according to the The Virginia Log Cabin Republicans will hold a fundraiser for Tom Davis  In case you donG«÷t know, the Log Cabin Republicans are the Gay interest group of the GOP
This hypocrisy just kills me.  Tom Davis seemed pissed that this question was even asked last night, wonder if he didnG«÷t want to let this one out of the bag before the fundraiser.

The fundraiser is to be held Friday September 22nd, I urge you to contact their RSVP info, and politely ask them to cancel this fundraiser.

You might want to point out that in 2003-2004 Tom Davis received a ZERO rating from the Human Rights Campaign.

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For the record, Andrew Hurst has stated unequivocally that he will vote NO on this amendment, is urging others to vote no, and has even spoken at a rally against this bill.

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Tom Davis and Log Cabin Republicans of Virginia (dlampo - 9/21/2006 12:22:53 PM)
I've always heard you can't believe everything you read on the net, and RK certainly proves the point with it's factually incorrect item stating that LCR of Virginia is holding a fundraiser for Rep. Davis.  This is completely wrong.  Our PAC is a state PAC and cannot endorse or contribute money to federal candidates. We invited Tom Davis to speak at our fundraiser, which is solely to raise money for state and local Republican candidates, for several reasons.

1. Tom has long been a supporter of a big tent Republican Party, and he has been outspoken in his belief that the Party cannot keep harping about divisive social issues if it wishes to win more votes, especially in northern Virginia.  He has always welcomed our presence in the Party and listens to our concerns.

2. Tom has been a strong supporter of non-discrimination in federal employment policy.

3. Tom has been a strong supporter of the right of the District of Columbia to control its own policies regarding gay and lesbian rights, and the same goes for spending on HIV and related issues.

4. Tom voted for the recent pension reform act that HRC hailed as a step forward for expanding the rights of same-sex couples.

5. Tom was the ONLY Congressman of either party present at the annual Commonwealth Dinner of Equality Virginia in April.

Tom is also dead wrong on the Marshall/Newman Amendment, which Log Cabin strongly opposes and works every day to defeat on election day, as do many other Republicans.  We are happy to work with all Republicans who believe in greater social tolerance, and Tom is clearly one of them.

David Lampo
Vice President
Log Cabin Republican Club of Virginia

It's a love/hate relationship (Andrea Chamblee - 9/21/2006 12:36:01 PM)
Love your clarification of Tom Davis's appearance at a fundraiser, albeit not his own for a change.  Hate that fact that Davis shills for a party - supporting George Allen at a pseudo "Ethnic rally," for one recent example - that would send gays to Guantanamo if they thought it would bring out their base in a single swing state. 

You know you wanna.  Contribute $11 to turn the 11th CD Blue.

Mr. Lampo's own words (Andrea Chamblee - 9/21/2006 12:51:51 PM)
BTW, David Lampo once said as much himself about Republicans who jump on this divisive bandwagon.

As the architect of George W. Bush's victory, Karl Rove saw the potential of using referendums on anti-gay-marriage constitutional amendments in 11 key states, including Ohio, to drive turnout of the president's base. Trumpeting Bush's support for the federal marriage amendment was part of this strategy.

As did the Log Cabin Republicans of Virginia.