Chris Hayes: I’ll only appear at CPAC if you include GOProud

By David Ferguson
Saturday, February 23, 2013 14:05 EDT
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Saturday morning on MSNBC’s “Up with Chris Hayes,” host Chris Hayes addressed an invitation he received to speak at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Hayes said that he would be happy to appear at the conference if the Republican LGBT group GOProud would be included among the co-sponsors of the conference.

On Wednesday, spokespersons for both GOProud and the Log Cabin Republicans announced that neither group would be welcomed at CPAC 2013. CPAC also declined to make room for conservative LGBT groups at the conference in 2012.

“We were kicked out last year and nothing has changed and we wont be at CPAC,” said GOProud’s Jimmy LaSalvia to Huffington. ”The last communication I’ve had from them is that we were kicked out. Nothing has changed.”

On Saturday, Hayes discussed the fact that he has been invited to appear in a panel discussion with former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed called “CSI: Washington, D.C., a November 2012 Autopsy.”

“The form letter I received even paid me the slightly odd compliment of calling me ‘one of America’s leading conservative voices,’” Hayes said, but his immediate reaction was, “Of course I’ll go.”

Then, as he was reminded “by  bunch of conservatives in my Twitter feed,” CPAC had the “rather gross episode” in 2011 of banning GOProud from co-sponsoring the 2012 conference. The committee in charge of the conference sent back GOProud’s donation money, which they had accepted in 2009 and 2010. Social conservatives had raised enough of a fuss to have the group banned from donating.

So, said Hayes, he wrote CPAC back, asking whether the policy banning GOProud and the Log Cabin Republicans is still in effect.

“If it isn’t,” he said, “then I’m psyched to go. If it is, then I’ll wait until it changes, which is really just a matter of time.”

Watch the video, embedded via MSNBC, below:

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David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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