Call For Politicians To Boycott Western Conservative Summit

As controversy erupted over the decision by organizers of the Western Conservative Summit to exclude the Colorado Log Cabin Republicans from this year’s conference, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, called on prospective attendees to cancel their plans to attend.

“At a time in our history when discrimination against gays and lesbians is finally being repudiated, the decision by the Western Conservative Summit to exclude the Log Cabin Republicans is simply unacceptable,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. “Even many Republicans are shocked by this decision and dismayed by what it means for the party’s future viability. When will the right wing finally understand that bigotry no longer has any place in American society?”

A press release from the Colorado Log Cabin Republicans Wednesday announced that the organizer of the Western Conservative Summit, former Colorado Sen. John Andrews, had “disinvited” the Log Cabin Republicans. Questioned by reporters about this decision, Andrews claimed that the Log Cabin Republicans “exists to redefine the family” and “advocate contrary to our agenda and our core beliefs.” [1]

“If Republican presidential candidates want to be identified as supporters of discrimination just as the 2016 elections are getting underway, the Western Conservative Summit is the perfect venue,” said Runyon-Harms. “If Republicans truly want to succeed in 2016, it’s time to set aside the religious right’s agenda of intolerance and show the voters they can stand up to the bigots in their party. The best way to do that today is to boycott the Western Conservative Summit, where organizers have made it clear they are not ready to give up their prejudice.”

“Colorado Republicans from Congressman Mike Coffman to Colorado Sen. Laura Woods have all claimed they oppose discrimination against anyone,” said Runyon-Harms. “It’s time for them to walk their talk by boycotting the Western Conservative Summit. Unless the Western Conservative Summit reverses course and allows the Log Cabin Republicans to participate, anyone who attends is legitimizing intolerance–and will pay the price in the next election.”

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  1. mamajama55 says:

    I’m guessing that Progress Now Colorado doesn’t have many of the Western Conservative attendees on their direct mail lists?

    In the vacuum left by the departure of moderate Republicans, the evangelical wing of the GOP gets what they deserve – a leftist organization saying what their own people should say.

    I had to laugh when I saw the headline of this post. I’m all for the grand futile gesture, though, so carry on, PCN.

    • Duke Cox says:

      Where are the moderate Republicans, I wonder?

      They continue to keep their mouths shut for fear, I think, of the genuinely savage treatment they WILL receive from their Tea Party brethren if they dare challenge the crazy…

      I have heard a lot of noise about “taking our party back”. I have seen nothing I could identify as a “moderate front” in the GOP. Just one fucking nutcase after another.

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