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Pete Sessions To Duck LCR Dinner

Jim Burroway

September 22nd, 2010

Pete SessionsRoll Call reports that Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) will not make it to tonight’s Log Cabin Republicans dinner after all, saying that he needs to attend a House Republican Caucus meeting instead. Sessions’ home town paper The Dallas Voice finds that explanation “convenient.” They also note that Sessions’ spokesperson, Emily Davis, “mysteriously became unavailable after we identified ourselves as being from the gay paper, and she hasn’t gotten back to us.”

Sessions was to be honored by the gay Republican group with the Barry Goldwater Award, despite holding positions on gay rights that were at odds with those of the late Senator who was popularly known as “Mister Conservative.” Since he will be a no-show, does he still get the award? Because if so, that would be a neat trick. He would get an award from a gay rights group without the embarrassment of having a photo taken of him shaking hands with a gay rights advocate six weeks before an election.

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Timothy Kincaid
September 22nd, 2010 | LINK

Unless he shows up (or perhaps videotapes a greeting), I doubt he’ll be acknowledged in any way. That’s my guess.

One irony that I think many not have appreciated is this: the meeting is a fundraiser for Log Cabin’s Educational Fund. It is technically not related to Log Cabin’s efforts to support the candidates they endorse.

(Like many “issue” groups, there are two entities, a political and lobby effort, and a educational program which can receive tax deductible dollars to be used to educate the public on issues)

In other words, Cornyn is showing up to raise money for Log Cabin to use in trying to spread pro-gay messaging, not to get Republicans elected.

Timothy Kincaid
September 22nd, 2010 | LINK

The Dallas Morning News provides additional information. He will be sending an aide and the conflict appears to be genuine.

In lieu of a personal appearance, Sessions taped a video message that organizers will hold off playing until the end of the evening, in case he manages to swing by.

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