Executive Director Rich Tafel Writes to GOP Congressman
Full Text of Tafel's Letter Repeats Current Republican Line
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Log Cabin Republican Executive Director Rich Tafel, in a December 15 letter to New York's Republican Congressman, Rep. Rick Lasso, reflects the anti-Clintonism of current Republican pronouncements. The gay Republican leader says he believes that the impeachment proceedings now in the lap of the U.S. Congress have been unleashed to punish President Clinton's lack of "honesty" and that they have nothing to do with his sex life.
Tafel told Congressman Lasso:
"I'm writing to tell you how impressed I was with your comments about the impeachment issue last Sunday on CNN's Late Edition.
"When you were asked about the pressures you are facing in your district, you answered that voting against impeaching President Clinton was clearly the easier political choice, but you went on to say that you weren't making this decision simply on what was better for you, but what was better for the country."
Agreeing with the Congressional Judicial Committee's chair, Representative Henry "Youthful Indiscretion" Hyde, Tafel pontificated:
"That is precisely what every Member of Congress, especially the Republicans, should be saying right now.
"If I believed that this issue was some sort of attack against the President for his personal sexual behavior, clearly it would have been something I would have opposed long ago, but I don't believe this is about sex. I believe it is about honesty and the importance of honesty under oath. Every gay man and woman takes great risk in telling the truth as they come out, and we know the value of speaking the truth regardless of the personal risk.
"Thank you for your principled statements, and for safeguarding your conscience for this momentous decision. We look forward to continuing to work closely with you and supporting you in future endeavors."
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The Honorable Deborah Pryce
The Honorable Jim Kolbe
The Honorable Mark Foley
The Honorable Brian Bilbray
The Honorable Tom Campbell
The Honorable Connie Morella
The Honorable Ben Gilman
The Honorable Nancy Johnson
The Honorable Jim Greenwood
The Honorable Sherwood Boehlert
The Honorable Steve Horn
The Honorable Mike Castle
The Honorable Sue Kelly
The Honorable Jim Leach
The Honorable John Porter
The Honorable Fred Upton
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