(Chicago, IL) AP reports that the American Civil Liberties Union hired Next Generation Public Affairs to legalize marriage for same-sex couples in Illinois. Former Iowa GOP Chair Matt Strawn started this firm along with former Illinois GOP Chair Pat Brady. Strawn is not a registered lobbyist in Illinois.
Yet his firm is. The previous attempt to legalize same-sex marriage failed so the firm has been hired to work on Republicans.
I remember when Matt Strawn ran for Iowa GOP Chair. He produced a video for his campaign. In it he discussed fighting for “our shared values” and “not sacrificing our conservative values” to win elections.
I guess that’s out the window now. To say this is disappointing is an understatement. I liked Strawn as a state chair, and I like him personally. I thought he was a good state chairman. I didn’t like how he handled the Iowa Caucus results, but over all I appreciated his tenure. This feels like a betrayal.
We need to remember which party is the party of same-sex marriage (and it isn’t the Republican Party).
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