Have Gay Republicans Taken over Broward Party?

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An email from Danita Kilcullen, co-founder of Tea Party Fort Lauderdale, has caused a new round of agita in the Broward Republican Party.

Kilcullen’s email, written earlier this month, was apparently a response to an email below, from Andy Eddy of the Broward Log Cabin Republicans, a largely gay group.

She said the Log Cabin Republicans are “a thug organization” which has “all but taken over” the Broward Republican Party.

Kilcullen also makes clear she does not like the proposed federal law banning discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Her email was denounced Monday night by Republican committeeman Jim Gleason.

Here it is:

“We must fight with all we have... We must put pressure on the House like has never been seen before.  I'll be damned if I will ever be forced to hire someone with orange hair, body/neck/face covered with tattoos, multiple piercings, or a man in a dress... or for that matter, a demonstrative effeminate male or purposeful butch-looking female.  The Log Cabins are the same lobbyist organization that has all but taken over BREC; and besides that, we have someone on the Board of BREC who is using her position to openly put pressure on some BREC members to stand for same-sex marriage.

This is the same group who, based on nothing other than his recent stand for gay marriage, supports Chris Christie and who publicly worked against Cuccinelli for his stand for traditional marriage. Keep in mind, this is a thug organization with only their own "special interests" in play. I wonder what they will do with democrat Charlie Crist now running for governor? I'm betting on them to vote for Charlie, along with some other mousey republicans. I will now be accused of 'splitting' BREC. I am not! I am in standing with the Republican Platform, which is what I stated the very night I was sworn-on to BREC.  We must stop this in short!

Here’s the Eddy email, which was a press release from the national Log Cabin Republicans praising Senate passage of legislation to ban employment discrimination against gays and lesbians.

Log Cabin Republicans Praises Senate Passage of ENDA, Unveils GOP House Strategy

Washington, D.C. — Today, the United States Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), legislation which provides employment protections for LGBT individuals in the workplace, with the votes of 10 Republicans. Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director Gregory T. Angelo issued the following statement:

After languishing in legislative limbo for 17 years, ENDA has finally passed the United States Senate in a vote that would not have been possible had Republicans not provided the margin of victory on the critical cloture vote earlier in the week.

While many are already beginning to wave the white flag on passage of ENDA in the House, Log Cabin Republicans has an optimistic view having recently met with nearly 50 House Republicans making the case that no one should be fired simply because they're gay. We are also encouraged by recent polling that finds a majority of Republicans in the U.S. are in favor of ENDA’s passage. The House GOP also just recently overwhelmingly passed legislation that, like ENDA, explicitly includes protections for LGBT individuals — the Violence Against Women Act.

Undoubtedly, the Republican Party is going through a cultural shift as more Republican legislators consistently step up for LGBT Americans. LCR believes this momentum already existing in the Party will help propel this bill to the House floor. Once there, we're confident it will pass. We encourage GOP House leadership of the 113th Congress to allow a conscience vote on ENDA and make history once again.

The Broward County Log Cabin Republicans responded to Kilcullen’s accusations with this message:

LCR Not "Thugs:" Club Demands Tea Party Leader Kilcullen Apologize

A Fort Lauderdale Rino-Right activist continues the fallacious attacks on Log Cabin Republicans stating, "Keep in mind, this is a thug organization with only their own "special interests" in play."

In her usual mean-spirited commentary this "betting" woman departs from the essence of the Broward County Human Right Ordinance and appears radically opposed to the views expressed in the "Biblical Golden Rule" while seemingly claiming to be a Christian in spirit and a member of the GOP. Many forget or try to forget that the Republican Party was founded by Abraham Lincoln our "Emancipation President." From experience, the Republican Party was designed to be an inclusive political party and LCR Broward is far from being a "thug organization." Friends and observers will obviously confirm that LCR is comprised of law abiding and hard working professional men and women who are property and business owners, veterans, tax paying Citizens of the United States, active volunteers in many charitable organizations, and not "thugs."

Danita Kilcullen, who apparently speaks on behalf of the Tea Party of Fort Lauderdale, seemingly espouses a mythically induced party platform that she alleges protects her from the stupor of being "forced to hire someone with orange hair, body/neck/face covered with tattoos, multiple piercings, or a man in a dress... or for that matter, a demonstrative effeminate male or purposeful butch-looking female."

According to Jack Majeske, LCR Broward's Past President, "Such deceptive presumptions and insightful attacks enable hate which often results in intimidation and violence as we've seen in the examples of the brutal murder of Matthew Sheppard, the execution of Sailor Allen Schindler, the beating of PFC Barry Winchell, teenage suicide, bullying, the pitiful treatment of others, etc. "

LCR Broward's President Mrs. Sandra Steen, who was recently honored by the City of Wilton Manors, The Broward County Commission, and the Historical Society believes that, "Kilcullen's rants are neither fair nor balanced. They do not reflect the beliefs of rational and Fiscally-Conservative-Tea-Party members who are concerned about the status of our nation's financial stability, its security against terrorism and drug cartels, unemployment and underemployment, the foreclosure mess, the national debt, individual rights, the crashed ObamaCare vision, Benghazi, IRS targeting credible Tea Party groups, Fast and Furious, etc.,etc.

Many uphold President Ronald Reagan as a mirror of party cohesion. He, as a Conservative party visionary, espoused that "one can agree to disagree" but, in the end, party unification was expected. That's not the positions advanced by some extremists whose views are quite the opposite, as it's either "my way or the highway." That logic is therefore demonstrative of intolerance and exclusion which produce divisiveness and defeat at the polls.

The members and friends of the Broward Log Cabin Republican Club of Florida believe in inclusion. They join many in mainstream America who support the essence of the U.S. Constitutional belief that all men are created equal and have the right to live under the Constitutional guarantee of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" for all citizens of this great country. Such a belief seemingly appears difficult for some on the extreme fringes of the left and right to accept.

The Broward Log Cabin Republican Club of Florida was founded in 1981 and is comprised of Conservative Egalitarians who are registered Republicans. LCR Broward is chartered by the board of directors of Log Cabin Republicans and the Republican Party of the State of Florida.Anthony Man, Sun Sentinel

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