They think he's too offensive to be defensive.
Defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel
is on the wrong side of the nation's preeminent gay conservative lobby, the Log Cabin Republicans
. At issue: 14-year-old comments from the former senator critical of those who'd act "aggressively gay." The Hill reports
on the groups's new ad, which highlights remarks made by Hagel in 1998 about gay philanthropist James Hormel, who was then being vetted for a diplomatic post. The ad quotes Hagel:
"They are representing America [as ambassador]. They are representing our lifestyle, our values, our standards. And I think it is an inhibiting factor to be gay - openly, aggressively gay."
Hagel has since apologized to Hormel, who at first rejected the move as insincere but has now
Hagel's thoughts on the LGBT community notwithstanding, his possible appointment to head up the DOD has the backing of some of the biggest names in the foreign policy game. As Robert Wright notes
at The Atlantic
, former national security advisers James L. Jones, Brent Scowcroft, Zbigniew Brzezinski, and Frank Carlucci have all come out in support of Hagel.
Via The Hill, the Washington Post and The Atlantic