Rob Schlein, president of the Dallas Log Cabin Republicans, is among those defending the Texas Republican Party against reports about a vendor who was selling a racist pin at the party’s convention in Houston last weekend.
“In case you read the bad press from the DMN [Dallas Morning News] about the racist political button and intend to report it, please report this other story,” Schlein said in an e-mail sent to Dallas Voice this afternoon.
The press release attached to Schlein’s e-mail explained that the Republican Party intends to donate to charity the $1,500 it received from the vendor to rent the booth. The vendor has also been barred from future conventions. In case you missed it, the racist pins he was selling said, “If Obama is presidentâ€¦Will we still call it the White House?â€
In the press release attached to Schlein’s e-mail, Texas GOP spokesman Hans Klingler goes on to say, “The Republican Party of Texas is proud of its principles, record and diversity.”
Here’s my question: If this had been an anti-gay pin, would the Texas Republican Party be reacting in this manner? If you go by the language in the party’s platform, I would have to say that the answer is no.
UPDATE: Right on cue, here’s an Associated Press story that compares the racist pin flap to the Log Cabin Republicans protest at the state GOP convention in 1998.
In 1998, the Log Cabin Republicans, the nation’s largest organization of gay Republicans, was denied a booth at the GOP state convention in Fort Worth and likened to the Ku Klux Klan by a Texas Republican Party spokesman.
“We don’t allow pedophiles, transvestites or cross-dressers, either,” then-GOP spokesman Robert Black said at the time.
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