September 17th, 2010
06:31 AM ET
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Social conservative criticizes GOP leader

Tony Perkins is taking aim at John Cornyn.
Tony Perkins is taking aim at John Cornyn.

Washington (CNN) - A leading social conservative is sharply criticizing Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, for refusing to skip a fundraiser for a GOP gay and lesbian organization, suggesting that decisions such as this are why there has been backlash by the conservative base against the Republican establishment.

Cornyn declined a request by Family Research Council President Tony Perkins not to attend the Log Cabin Republican event scheduled to take place next week in the nation's capital. Perkins said in a Sept. 13 letter that he found it "deeply troubling" the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee would associate himself with the organization.

Perkins admonished Cornyn in a note Thursday evening that will be included in his organization's daily update to be sent to the FRC email list.

"Let me again state my appreciation for Sen. Cornyn's strong stand on conservative issues, however, this is precisely why the Republican Party is in the minority and it is why eight of the senatorial candidates that the Republican establishment have selected in this cycle have been defeated in primaries by conservative candidates." Perkins wrote in the note that was provided to CNN. "What conservatives want to see is the election of those who will uphold the constitution and dial back expansive, expensive government. You don't do that by helping groups like the LCR raise money to elect candidates who oppose most of what is in the Republican Party Platform."


A Perkins aide said the Senate races that Perkins was referring to were Utah, Nevada, Colorado, Florida, Alaska, Connecticut, New York and Delaware.

Perkins later added in the Thursday evening note: "Bottom line: if the Republicans want wins in November, they should start by supporting candidates and organizations that at a minimum support the GOP platform."

Brian Walsh, a spokesman for the NRSC, suggested that Perkins is misunderstanding the issues in the 2010 midterm election.

"Voters this election, which include the primary voters that Mr. Perkins cites in his latest statement, are focused first and foremost on taxes, spending and our growing federal debt," Walsh said. "While Senator Cornyn shares many of the FRC's views on pro-family issues, he also believes that now is the time to stay focused on holding the Democrats' accountable for their arrogant abuse of power which is driving this country over a fiscal cliff."


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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Peter s

    What happened to the conservative family values?

    September 16, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  2. Teddy

    These bigoted conservatives need to learn tolerance, even with things they disagree and feel strongly about. Their moral arrogance is repulsive to most decent folks.

    September 16, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Perkins is no more than a hateful person caring a Bible on one hand and hate in the other for his own personal gains.

    September 16, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  4. johntom

    Cornyn is really a toad in almost everything he does.. but I have to give him credit here. I really wouldn't have expected him to buck the far right in favor of a bunch of log cabin republicans...

    Though I'm sure he'll find some way to hedge and keep the base happy.

    September 16, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  5. ED FL

    HEY GOP'ERS remember Larry Craig. [enough said.]

    September 16, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  6. David

    So let me get this straight: we dial back expansive government by expanding the government to regulate people's private lives. Right.

    September 16, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  7. Willy Brown

    "social conservative" = democrat lite, buh bye.

    September 16, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  8. Are There Any Moderate Republicans Anymore Or Have They Been . . .

    Driven out of the New American Taliban Party?

    September 16, 2010 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  9. Russ

    Tony Perkins is a bigoted hypocrite. He is a prime example why religion has no part in government. Keep your stupid religious idealologies out of government. Go to freaking church if you want to preach your personal values to someone. A lot of us Americans don't beleive in worshiping a make believe mystical man that is part of a novel written by a bunch catholic priests trying to spread their heresy around the world. Pooof, the world was created. Yeah right. You all are going to be very disappointed when the end comes and you end up dead and in the ground along side the rest of us. Sorry no after life you morons.

    September 16, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    So much for the GOP's "big tent."

    These Conservatives would like nothing better than to impose their version of Sharia Law.

    What a bunch of anti-American jerks!

    September 16, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  11. azmary

    So much for that "Big Tent" thingy.

    September 16, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  12. Hugo

    Well good golly bejeezuz Louise! Why shouldn't he attend a gay and lesbian fund raiser for the Conservative party. Just because they are gay doesn't mean they don't have a bag full of money for the cause. I mean who the heck cares whether or not it is in $3.00 bills or not. Seriously, who cares who or what people do in the privacy of their own home, the issue becomes paramount when the Federal Government injects itself into mandating what social acceptance is to be. You cannot regulate morality or religious belief, Government should downsize and get back to the limited role they were initially allocated to play, they may be able to that at least and think of the money we all would have left over to pay off Obama's debt.

    September 16, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  13. Gary Davis

    this republican is smart if he wants to stay in office . he will go to the fund raiser of the Gay organization. Tony Perkins is an ass of the lowest kind . he needs to crawl under a cow pie . and Cornyn needs to not go just to get re elected he needs to go because he feels even Gays have rights

    September 16, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  14. Rob in MO

    tony Perkins and other right-wing religious 'conservatives" advocate government tyranny. They want the government to force women to continue unwanted pregnancies against their will, to prosecute intimate behavior between consenting adults, to indoctrinate children with religious propaganda, to deprive people of the civil right to marry the person they love, and on and on. We must defend human freedom by opposing these totalitarians.

    September 16, 2010 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  15. Reggie from LA

    This is the Rep Party Platform? Being dogmatic? Being resistant to any change? Voting against EVERYTHING? Not offering any solutions to our national crises? Personifying hatred and general discontent? Blaming Obama for everything and assuming no blame at all? Where have you been? This is a platform? This is a pathetic travesty, propped up by ridiculous clowns. What's sad is you continually get away with it. People vote for such a platform. They too are predictably ridiculous babies who wield the Constitution and have limited understanding of it.

    September 16, 2010 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  16. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    The Family Research Council is a collection narrow-minded, self-righteous, bigots to whom the rights of individuals are inferior to their insistence that others conform to their prejudices.

    September 16, 2010 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |