The Log Cabin Republicans, a group dedicated to representing LGBTQ conservatives and their allies, recently issued an official endorsement of President Donald Trump ahead of his 2020 re-election campaign effort, but that decision has not sat well with all of the group’s members.
Jerri Ann Henry, now the former executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans, was one of several members to announce their resignation from the group in the wake of the presidential endorsement.
Leader resigns in protest
Henry’s abrupt departure was first reported by the Washington Blade, a D.C.-based media outlet devoted to covering LGBTQ issues. The Blade noted that Henry had been the first woman to lead the conservative LGBTQ group.
Unnamed sources told the Blade that Henry was displeased with the manner and timing in which the group had decided to issue an endorsement of Trump. That expression of support for his re-election came in an op-ed published in The Washington Post, which, in addition to touting the great economic achievements of his administration, also cited the president’s support for global decriminalization of homosexuality and reduction of HIV/AIDS as reasons for backing his campaign.
In particular, Henry was said to have taken exception to the fact that the group hadn’t yet had an in-person meeting with the president or received any commitments from him prior to the endorsement, as would normally be customary.
Further, in light of the fact that the organization usually waits until the Republican National Convention to issue endorsements, the early date of the declaration of support for Trump apparently rankled as well.
“This is a long time coming,” Henry said in an exclusive interview with CNN following her resignation. “The history and legacy of this organization is so rich. I wish we were able to find a way forward, but I think leaving the organization is best for all of us.”
CNN noted that Henry, who had only served as executive director for less than a year, was just the latest of several defections from the group in recent months as some members questioned the direction of the organization — to wit, whether it would continue to focus solely on LGBTQ issues or simply serve as another Trump-supporting social wing of the broader Republican establishment.
“Log Cabin was once a civil rights organization with conservative principles,” Henry told CNN. “That’s why I joined on. Now it’s mostly about happy hours.”
Thank you and goodbye
CNN was provided an emailed statement from Charles Moran, spokesman for the Log Cabin Republicans, who said of Henry, “The final date of her employment is undetermined at this time.”
“The Board’s Executive Committee will proceed with an orderly transition to ensure nothing falls through the cracks. We thank her for her service to our organization and wish her well in the next chapter of her career,” he added.
It remains to be seen who will succeed Henry as leader of the Log Cabin Republicans or her resignation and those of others will negatively impact the organization going forward. As of now, however, the group’s endorsement of Trump still stands.