A speaker from the Log Cabin Republicans organization will join a Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) speaker panel to discuss Russia's poor record on human rights, including state-sanctioned homophobia, the Daily Beast
Executive Director Gregory T. Angelo is set to join a Saturday panel at the annual CPAC conference titled "Putin's Russia: A New Cold War?" He will speak alongside Seth Cropsey, Carly Fiorina, Cliff May and Amanda Brickell Bellows, Mediaite
While an early flap ensued over the Log Cabin group's exclusion at the annual conservative confab, Angelo's participation on such a panel is timely amid growing anger against Putin's human rights abuses, the Beast said.
"While the Russian government may have changed its communist stripes for nationalist ones, its invasion of Ukraine, domestic repression, and bellicose anti-Americanism have left most American conservatives with the impression that the Russians haven’t changed all that much.
"And so bashing Moscow over its 'atrocious' human rights record, in the words of CPAC spokesman Ross Hemminger, is a cause around which most conservatives can rally, regardless of who’s making the case," the Daily Beast wrote.
In a Feb. 19 statement, Angelo had blasted CPAC
for not allowing his group to sponsor events there. He pointed to his group's support for conservative issues, among them tax reform, Obamacare repeal and pro-growth budgeting.
“We are just as conservative as anyone else at CPAC — I dare say even more conservative than many; the only difference is that we are gay. Remarkably, in 2015, that’s all the ACU [American Conservative Union] needs to know to shut an organization out,” Angelo said.
A follow-up statement, issued on Monday
, however, noted that deeper discussions led to his acceptance to speak on the panel.
The ACU hosts the annual CPAC event, which this year begins on Wednesday and concludes Saturday.
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