The national organization of the Log Cabin Republicans is disavowing an ad sponsored by its Broward County chapter that featured a photo of the body of Amb. Chris Stevens following his murder on Sept. 11 and accusing the Obama administration of failing to protect gay Americans.
"We reject that ad absolutely. That ad that was run the Broward County chapter. It does not represent the views of the Log Cabin Republicans," Log Cabin Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper told The Cable today. "I'm stunned."
The ad plays into the original erroneous reporting that photos from the night of the attack showed Benghazi residents dragging Steven's body through the streets triumphantly. Official accounts say that the residents took Stevens to a local hospital, where doctors tried to resuscitate him, and a video later surfaced of Libyans discovering his body amid the charred debris of the consulate, believing they had rescued him.
"If the Obama administration isn't going to protect Gay/Gay-friendly American citizens from the terror of Islamic radicalism, what makes you think they will protect us from Shariah law... anywhere?" the ad reads. "Support Israel in this hour of darkness. Vote Republican!"
Cooper said the Broward County chapter sponsored the ad without consulting the national organization, that other local chapters were also disavowing it, and that the national headquarters has already been in touch with the Broward County chapter to voice its displeasure.
Cooper said that as an Army veteran and former diplomat, he was personally embarrassed by the ad and was embarrassed to have to explain it to two pro-Israel, pro-gay rights officials he knows personally, Israeli Amb. Michael Oren and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), whom he has worked for in the past.
"This wrong on so many accounts. As a conservative organization, we feel there are plenty of reasons to vote Republican to support U.S. interests and human rights abroad. That ad in this publication was fallacious, grossly inappropriate, and irresponsible," Cooper said.
"They were trying to show their support for Israel and get people to the polls, but this is not the way to do it."
John Hudson reports on national security and foreign policy from the Pentagon to Foggy Bottom, the White House to Embassy Row, for The Cable.