Thursday, June 26, 2008

Another Secret Meeting: McCain to meet secretly with conservative leaders

CINCINNATI, Ohio (CNN) John McCain has scheduled a private meeting today in Cincinnati with six leaders of the conservative movement in Ohio.

The meeting was added to McCain’s schedule on Thursday morning, but it will remain closed to the press.

McCain will meet with Jack Willkie, one of the founders of the National Right to Life Committee; Harvey Hook, a Christian leader from Columbus; Lori Viars, the executive director of the conservative group Family First; Mike Gonidakis, executive director of Ohio Right to Life; Phil Burress, an ardent opponent of gay marriage and president of Citizens for Community Values, an Ohio affiliate of Focus on the Family; and Chris Long, president of the Ohio Christian Alliance.


McCain has been having a lot of Secret Meetings lately....

McCain’s secret meeting with the Log Cabin Republicans:

GayPatriot has exclusively learned that presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Senator John McCain held a personal meeting with the head of the national gay Republicans organization, the Log Cabin Republicans. Log Cabin President Patrick Sammon confirmed his meeting with Senator McCain earlier today.


Based on published news reports, the meeting with Senator McCain would be the first between any national-level gay Republicans and a Republican Presidental nominee since “The Texas 12″ met with then-Governor George W. Bush in 2000. Since his first election to the White House, President Bush has never met with anyone representing Log Cabin Republicans or any other American gay organizations.

McCain has held a secret meeting with Rev. Frank Pavone, of Priests for Life, the Priest who called Micahel Schiavo a murderer and supports "bishops who make pro-choice politicians’ communion into a political football.”

And then there’s McCain’s secret meeting with Hispanics in which he supposedly promised a “pathway to citizenship” for immigrants:

John McCain assured Hispanic leaders he would push through Congress legislation to overhaul federal immigration laws if elected, several people who attended a private meeting with the candidate said Thursday.

Democrats questioned why the Arizona senator held the meeting late Wednesday night in Chicago. But supporters who were in the room denied that McCain held the closed-door session out of fear of offending conservatives, many of whom want him to take a harder line on immigration.

Noted one Republican who was at the secret Hispanic meeting:

"He's one John McCain in front of white Republicans. And he's a different John McCain in front of Hispanics," complained Rosanna Pulido, a Hispanic and conservative Republican who attended the meeting.

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