November 29th, 2007
05:00 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney takes heat from gay Republicans

Mitt Romney is facing criticism from the Log Cabin Republicans Thursday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is once again facing fire from a gay Republican group, which announced Thursday it will launch a radio ad in New Hampshire questioning the presidential hopeful’s fiscal conservative credentials.

The 60-second ad from the Log Cabin Republicans focuses on Romney’s record on taxes, claiming that as governor he promised to balance the Massachusetts budget without raising taxes, but reneged on that pledge – a move they say had an impact on some New Hampshire residents who work in the Bay State. They said the ad will run in the Manchester and Portsmouth-Dover-Rochester radio markets.

“Mitt-Flops,” states the narrator.

“Sounds like something you'd wear to the beach, but they could cost you…. Romney even refused to support the Bush tax cuts. Now? He’s seen the light on tax cuts. Do you believe this conversion?” The spot ends with a clip of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, and the tagline: “Mitt Romney – just another Massachusetts flip-flopper.”

Last month, the Log Cabin Republicans funded a 30-second anti-Romney TV ad in the early voting state of Iowa that attacked the candidate for shifting his views on abortion. The group has also taken aim at his views on guns, immigration, campaign finance reform, and gay rights, among other issues.

Kevin Madden, a Romney campaign spokesman, dismissed the criticism. “This negative attack and gross distortion of the governor’s record was launched and paid for by a group recognized as having Mayor Giuliani as their ‘favorite’ candidate,” he said in a written statement.

“Governor Romney supports a federal marriage amendment and so it makes sense that a national gay rights group would attack him,” he added. “Governor Romney has a stellar record of fiscal responsibility, having cut wasteful spending and worked to lower taxes as a chief executive focused on pro-growth economic policies.”

- CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: Mitt Romney • New Hampshire
soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. spinstopper

    Who are the log cabin Republicans supporting?

    November 29, 2007 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  2. Walter, San Diego

    I'm really tired of listening to gay Republicans whine. The other party tolerates a broad array of attitudes on virtually every issue. So if you don't like Republican homophobia, become Democrats.

    Socially and fiscally conservative blacks made the same decision a long time ago and now they are part of the single most powerful constituency in the Democratic Party.

    November 29, 2007 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  3. Chris L, SLC, Utah

    I think the log cabin republicans are currently supporting Rudy G. as their top pick

    November 29, 2007 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  4. Frank Sellers, Philadelphia, PA

    Romney supports an anti-gay marriage amendment just like Bush? Who needs another hate-monger in the White House happy to write discrimination INTO the U.S. Constitution for the first time in our country's history?

    We've had enough of Bush and bigotry. Mr. Romeny, go back to your whites-only Temple and stay there.

    November 29, 2007 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  5. Richard, St. Paul, MN

    Mitt's good at saying what the conservative idiots want to hear, but he seems to be saying things just to get elected. I don't trust him and I hope he never gets in a position of power like the presidency.

    November 29, 2007 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  6. Bob, Seattle

    CNN has already confirmed that the GAY GENERAL was a PLANT by the Clinton campaign and they apopogized on TV at the end of the debate. However, the CNN folks exhibit complicity with the Clintons with this news clip. The highest, most crass, display of media patisanship ever. Though the debate itself, though advertised as a way for Republican undecided's to get more info for the choice, was decidely pro-Democrat in the questions selected. Very little in the way of Republican interest was discussed. The economy? Education? Iraq?

    November 29, 2007 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  7. RK, San Ramon, CA

    I love it when the other side does it.

    November 29, 2007 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  8. Nashville, TN

    So the two gay republicans in America don't support what. Are there seriously any gay republicans?

    November 29, 2007 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  9. David, Monroe, Ga

    CNN is so lame. They planted many of the questions and the gay general? give me a break. Ray Charles could have seen that one. Do you (cnn) think the people of this great country are stupid. Given the current world events what was that crap about the Confederate flag? That is old news and who cares. It was nothing more than an attempt by CNN to engage in race baiting. You (cnn) must really think people are stupid and that is why your democratic candidate is going to lose. You pander to a fringe group of liberals and do not understand the mainstream public.

    Fox news is kicking your butt and will continue to kick your butt and you have not figured it out. You are earning what you are getting

    November 29, 2007 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  10. J Houston, TX

    Mitt isn't anything he pretends to be. But frankly, why do gay Republicans need "support." It's a free country. There is no law against being gay.

    You can't serve in the military and be gay...frankly as close as they end up together, I wouldn't want to serve with a homosexual either. These guys serve in crowded environments with a lot of openness. That's like asking men and women to start showering together.

    Gay marriage? Marriage is an institution for bringing forth children. The parts don't fit. Don't blame me, blame God.

    The other party tolerates a broad array of attitudes on virtually every issue.
    Because it doesn't take a stand on any issue. It's a party full of college kids and poor who don't know what they want to do with their lives. It's the "do whatever you want" hippy mentality. Constantly moving to give away money from hard working people to those that continually make bad decisions. Giving to the poor is fine, but when the government does it, it just ends up corrupt. Case in point, Welfare Programs.

    November 29, 2007 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  11. Wayne, Greenville TX

    So the two gay republicans in America don't support him….so what. Are there seriously any gay republicans?

    Posted By Nashville, TN : November 29, 2007 5:49 pm

    Yes, there are. But I can never understand how they can stay in a party that openly works toward making them second-class citizens.....

    November 29, 2007 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  12. Charles, NY, NY

    Too bad that this gay Republican group couldn't at least be earnest in its attack on Romney for his disingenuity. Their resentment of him is clearly fueled, first and foremost, by his prevarications on the issue of gay rights, and for them not to condemn him primarily for that is cowardly, and merely perpetuates the phoniness of this entire political process. Don't be mistaken, however. I make no apologies for Mr. Phony-in-Chief.

    November 29, 2007 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  13. Kelvin,Derrry,NH

    I am not a Romney supporter but given that he comes from massachusetts, where I live, I know he has changed on almost every issue. But what I don't get is how the media had twisted the debate so that we can think the way were are thinking right now....

    November 29, 2007 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  14. Charles, NY, NY

    Walter writes "Socially and fiscally conservative blacks made the same decision a long time ago and now they are part of the single most powerful constituency in the Democratic Party." That must be why the Democratic Party is so very socially and fiscally conservative.

    November 29, 2007 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  15. ToddB, Las Vegas, NV

    Hey Franky in Philly,
    It sounds like you hate Mormons with a comment like "go back to your whites-only Temple". Are you truly ignorant that you think Mormon Temples are only open to Whites? Funny you call out Hate Mongers when you are spewing Hate yourself. What is your real fear buddy?

    November 29, 2007 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  16. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    The Republicans are only fiscally conservative when they are out of power. Once in power they out spend the Democrats by such a wide margin, the Democrats by default become the fiscal conservatives.
    As for the Republicans claim of being socially conservative that is also another snow job. Socially conservative means more than just being for marriage, against homosexuality and abortion.
    Socially conservative: The Republicans profess their belief in the Bible and Jesus then why do they allow children to go to bed a night hungry,homeless and with no health care? Why do they allow people to work for wages below subsistance levels?

    November 29, 2007 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  17. David, Monroe, Ga

    Oh yea, I forgot to mention that the "Don't ask, Don't tell" policy was a Bill Clinton policy. So why the uproar over the Republicans plan? They are essentially agreeing with Bill Clinton. Imagine that.

    November 29, 2007 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  18. Dan, Washington, DC

    To Bob from Seattle - Regardless of the distastefulness planted questioners, the questions are still legitimate. Questions are only pro-Democrat if you don't think voters will like the Republican candidates' answers, and vice versa. If any candidate, Republican or Democrat, can't stand there and take a hard question, how can we expect them to deal with Putin, Chavez, etc? IBut beyond that, if this shows anything, it's how our system is now being manipulated by too many consultants paid for with too much money. It's the same with the blogosphere. How many aides do the campaigns have whose sole job it is to post to blogs as seemingly ordinary Americans. I don't know about you, but it is shaking my faith in the future of our country. Stand up and be honest, America!

    November 29, 2007 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  19. Josh, Los Angeles, CA

    Mr. Sellers. Maybe you should pay closer attention. Almost all of the candidates, on both sides of the aisle, are opposed to gay marriage whether through a constitutional amendment or otherwise. Perhaps they are all bigots. And of course, a very fine finish to your comment reflecting your own bigotry.

    November 29, 2007 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  20. Editor, (Washington DC)

    When I first heard Mitt Romney's comments on gays in MA, I knew those were not his true beliefs. Anyone from the LDS community knows what the LDS Church teaches about homosexuality. Admit your gay in an LDS ward and just see how welcome you are to come back.

    November 29, 2007 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  21. Rodney Dallas TX

    First of all, Mitt Romney will never win so I don't even know why he's running.

    Second, a gay Republican? Can we say OXYMORON????

    November 29, 2007 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  22. Darrel Iowa

    The gays have equal rights now/ they want special rights for there sinfull life style. Go Figure/ Go hide in a closet or at least get out of the Republican Party/ They don't want ya!!
    Pleaseing special interest is not what America ever needed.

    November 29, 2007 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  23. Jessie NYC

    Posted By David, Monroe, Ga

    Fox news is kicking your butt and will continue to kick your butt and you have not figured it out. You are earning what you are getting

    David if you like Fox Noise so much go post on there site. Oh wait you cant they like to trump free speech.

    As for planting people in the debate. Just because someone is an Edwards supporter or Hillary Supporter doesn't mean that they can not ask questions. Wouldn't the questions coming from the other side be a more fair political discourse? Or Republicans just don't like to be lied to they just like to do the lying.

    November 29, 2007 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  24. Joeley Reno, Nevada 89502

    Mitt Romney is a looser and can not think for himself.

    He stuttered and stammered on the issue of torture...he'd ask the experts, oh sure you will Mitt.

    That's what happened with this current administration, Bush didn't know what he was doing so he let the rest of the draft dodging idiots he surrounded himself with (mis)manage everything pertaining to Domestic and International events, invasions and occupations.

    Anderson Cooper asked Romney about his previous stance on gays in the military and he waffeled on that one too.


    He should be the poster boy for flip floppers.

    This guy's a solid LOOSER.

    Vote for anyone but Mitt Romney!

    November 29, 2007 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  25. Brian, Milwaukee, WI

    "Gay Republican?" That is an oxyMoron.

    November 29, 2007 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
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