Ben recently noted that some prominent gay Republican figures attended a Jon Huntsman event in Washington, and on the eve of the Republican's official kickoff, a consultant for the campaign is fundraising off his support for civil unions.
The email from Charles T. Moran, a vice chair with the California Log Cabin Republicans and a political consultant, highlights Huntsman and his wife Mary Kaye's support for the LGBT community, adding as Utah's governor he's "talked the talk and walked the walk," and is "unique in his desire to have a fully inclusive campaign."
Team Huntsman confirmed Moran, who couldn't be reached, is working for the campaign. His campaign noted that his stand on gay rights is essentially what George W. Bush's was.
Huntsman doesn't support gay marriage, but was considered to be a fairly pro-gay rights governor, including on issues like hospital visitation. He's also not making much of an overt play for social conservatives - most notably bypassing Iowa, a move he attributes to his disagreement with government-funded ethanol subsidies, although he did stress his pro-life credentials at the recent Faith and Freedom Coalition candidate cattle call.
Polling has indicated that voters nationally have moved on the subject of gay marriage, but it remains a potentially complicated issue in a Republican primary. And it is unusual to see an official fundraising appeal that highlights a national candidate's favorable stand on gay rights.
The full email follows:
From: Charles T. Moran <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, Jun 20, 2011 at 9:51 PM
Subject: LGBT'ers for Huntsman
To: Charles Moran email@example.com
As you’ve probably noticed on the news, tomorrow (Tuesday) another 2012 GOP contender will be entering the race – Governor Jon Huntsman.
While many of us were on different presidential bandwagons in the ‘08 election, this election cycle presents America with a new set of challenges and a new environment.
While we have a fine set of candidates to represent the diversity of the conservative movement, Governor Jon Huntsman stands out from the rest, given his deep experience in the private sector, a twice elected Governor and his service as Ambassador to Singapore and most recently to China.
On the domestic front, and as it specifically pertains to our greater LGBT community, Governor and Mrs. Huntsman are particularly supportive of our issues. Governor Huntsman signed into law Utah’s first Civil Unions legislation – a politically courageous move on his part given that state’s politics. While Governor, he also invited the local Log Cabin Republicans leadership to a sit-down at the Governor’s mansion – again another first for an LGBT-oriented organization in the state. He’s talked the talk, and walked the walk – Governor Huntsman is not only the right choice to lead our nation, he is unique in his desire to have a fully inclusive campaign. This is a prime opportunity to publically stand forward with our candidate and present America, and LGBT-Americans an alternative choice.
It is clear the Governor Huntsman is the consensus candidate for those who believe that “Inclusion Wins” - and I’m hoping that you agree. I will be joining the campaign in an official capacity to help cultivate, develop and deliver our community for Gov. Huntsman.
If you are interested in Gov. Huntsman’s campaign, two things I ask of you as a fellow leader in our conservative LGBT movement -
1.) The campaign is putting together a Steering Committee that will help not only with the fundraising component of the campaign, but also with building the grass-roots structure that the campaign can depend on as primaries commence around the nation. Would you like to serve on this Steering Committee?
2.) I am attaching a schedule of events that we’ve got set up across the nation before our June 30th reporting period, as well as a copy of our donor bundler programs. Please take a look and let me know if I can plug you in to any of these events.
I’m also attaching an article from a recent interview Gov. Huntsman did with the San Francisco Chronicle. It’s a good read! For those of you with Democrat or independent/DTS friends or partners who are interested in getting more involved with the Huntsman Campaign, we’ll also be setting up similar steering committees for those constituencies as well.
All of my contact information is below, and as always, please reach out and let me know if I can count on you for support of Governor Huntsman’s campaign.
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