[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/05/05/art.getty.cornyn.jpg caption ="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."