Over 80 Republicans have signed an amicus brief asking the Supreme Court to find a constitutional right to marriage for same-sex couples. Who are these extraordinarily supportive Republicans? They’re largely those who have served in top-level Republican National Committee (RNC) posts, the George W. Bush administration, Congress, or are GOP strategists. They also largely have little to lose, as they’re not running for re-election, with the exception of CongresswomanÂ Ileana Ros-Lehtinen andÂ Richard Hanna (image: bottom left and right).
But many had previously supported only so-called “traditional marriage,” and many also supported a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, so the message to the Supreme Court is huge.
“Backers have been working for about three months on the list, which includes Republicans who have been wrestling for year on what position to take on the issue,” Politico reports:
AFER said the signers include â€œsocial and political conservatives, moderates, and libertarians from diverse religious, racial, regional, and philosophical backgrounds.â€
Ken Mehlman, a board member of AFER who managed former President George W. Bushâ€™s reelection campaign and personally secured many of the signatures, said in an email to POLITICO: â€œRonald Reagan, our great conservative President, used to say, real change occurs around the kitchen table. This brief is reflective of real change occurring all across our country as families sit around kitchen tables, think about the value of family to their own lives and recognize these benefits should be available to all Americans.â€
While the Supreme Court has received dozens if not over 100 amicus briefs on same-sex marriage for next month’s hearings, they will have little effect. This one, however, is different.
“Experts say that amicus briefs generally do not change Supreme Court justicesâ€™ minds,” the New York Times reports:
But on Monday some said that the Republican brief, written by Seth P. Waxman, a former solicitor general in the administration of President Bill Clinton, and Reginald Brown, who served in the Bush White House Counselâ€™s Office, might be an exception.
Tom Goldstein, publisher of Scotusblog, a Web site that analyzes Supreme Court cases, said the amicus filing â€œhas the potential to break through and make a real difference.â€
He added: â€œThe person who is going to decide this case, if itâ€™s going to be close, is going to be a conservative justice who respects traditional marriage but nonetheless is sympathetic to the claims that this is just another form of hatred. If youâ€™re trying to persuade someone like that, you canâ€™t persuade them from the perspective of gay rights advocacy.â€
So, who are the 80+ Republicans on the list?
AFER offers the most-current list:
- Ken Mehlman,Â Chairman, Republican National Committee, 2005-2007
- Tim Adams,Â Undersecretary of the Treasury for International Affairs, 2005-2007
- David D. Aufhauser,Â General Counsel, Department of Treasury, 2001-2003
- Cliff S. Asness,Â Businessman, Philanthropist, and Author
- John B. Bellinger III,Â Legal Adviser to the Department of State, 2005-2009
- Katie Biber,Â General Counsel, Romney for President, 2007-2008 and 2011-2012
- Mary Bono Mack, Member of Congress, 1998-2013
- William A. Burck, Deputy Staff Secretary, Special Counsel and Deputy Counsel to the President, 2005-2009
- Alex Castellanos, Republican Media Advisor
- Paul Cellucci,Â Governor of Massachusetts, 1997-2001, and Ambassador to Canada, 2001-2005
- Mary Cheney, Director of Vice Presidential Operations, Bush-Cheney 2004
- Jim Cicconi, Assistant to the President & Deputy to the Chief of Staff, 1989-1990
- James B. Comey, United States Deputy Attorney General, 2003-2005
- R. Clarke Cooper,Â U.S. Alternative Representative, United Nations Security Council, 2007-2009
- Julie Cram,Â Deputy Assistant to the President and Director White House Office of Public Liaison, 2007-2009
- Michele Davis,Â Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs and Director of Policy Planning, Department of the Treasury, 2006-2009
- Kenneth M. Duberstein,Â White House Chief of Staff and Assistant to the President, 1981-1984 and 1987-1989
- Lew Eisenberg,Â Finance Chairman, Republican National Committee, 2002-2004
- Elizabeth Noyer Feld,Â Public Affairs Specialist, White House Office of Management and Budget, 1984-1987
- David Frum,Â Special Assistant to the President, 2001-2002
- Richard Galen,Â Communications Director, Speakerâ€™s Political Office, 1996-1997
- Mark Gerson,Â Chairman, Gerson Lehrman Group and Author ofÂ The Neoconservative Vision: From the Cold War to the Culture WarsÂ andÂ In the Classroom: Dispatches from an Inner-City School that Works
- Benjamin Ginsberg,Â General Counsel, Bush-Cheney 2000 & 2004
- Adrian Gray,Â Director of Strategy, Republican National Committee, 2005-2007
- Richard Grenell,Â Spokesman, U.S. Ambassadors to the United Nations, 2001-2008
- Patrick Guerriero,Â Mayor, Melrose Massachusetts and member of Massachusetts House of Representatives, 1993-2001
- Carlos Gutierrez,Â Secretary of Commerce, 2005-2009
- Stephen Hadley,Â Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor, 2005-2009
- Richard Hanna,Â Member of Congress, 2011-Present
- Israel Hernandez,Â Assistant Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, 2005-2009
- Margaret Hoover,Â Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, 2005-2006
- Michael Huffington,Â Member of Congress, 1993-1995
- Jon Huntsman,Â Governor of Utah, 2005-2009
- David A. Javdan,Â General Counsel, United States Small Business Administration, 2002-2006
- Reuben Jeffery,Â Undersecretary of State for Economic, Energy, and Agricultural Affairs, 2007-2009
- Greg Jenkins,Â Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Presidential Advance, 2003-2004
- Coddy Johnson,Â National Field Director, Bush-Cheney 2004
- Gary Johnson,Â Governor of New Mexico, 1995-2003
- Robert Kabel,Â Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, 1982-1985
- Theodore W. Kassinger,Â Deputy Secretary of Commerce, 2004-2005
- Jonathan Kislak,Â Deputy Undersecretary of Agriculture for Small Community and Rural Development, 1989-1991
- David Kochel,Â Senior Advisor to Mitt Romneyâ€™s Iowa Campaign, 2007-2008 and 2011-2012
- James Kolbe,Â Member of Congress, 1985-2007
- Jeffrey Kupfer,Â Acting Deputy Secretary of Energy, 2008-2009
- Kathryn Lehman,Â Chief of Staff, House Republican Conference, 2003-2005
- Daniel Loeb,Â Businessman and Philanthropist
- Alex Lundry,Â Director of Data Science, Romney for President, 2012
- Greg Mankiw,Â Chairman, Council of Economic Advisers, 2003-2005
- Catherine Martin,Â Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Communications Director for Policy & Planning, 2005-2007
- Kevin Martin,Â Chairman, Federal Communications Commission, 2005-2009
- David McCormick,Â Undersecretary of the Treasury for International Affairs, 2007-2009
- Mark McKinnon,Â Republican Media Advisor
- Bruce P. Mehlman,Â Assistant Secretary of Commerce, 2001-2003
- Connie Morella,Â Member of Congress, 1987-2003 and U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2003-2007
- Michael E. Murphy,Â Republican Political Consultant
- Michael Napolitano,Â White House Office of Political Affairs, 2001-2003
- Ana Navarro,Â National Hispanic Co-Chair for Senator John McCainâ€™s Presidential Campaign, 2008
- Noam Neusner,Â Special Assistant to the President for Economic Speechwriting, 2002-2005
- Nancy Pfotenhauer,Â Economist, Presidential Transition Team, 1988 and President’s Council on Competitiveness, 1990
- J. Stanley Pottinger,Â Assistant U.S. Attorney General (Civil Rights Division), 1973-1977
- Michael Powell,Â Chairman, Federal Communications Commission, 2001-2005
- Deborah Pryce,Â Member of Congress, 1993-2009
- John Reagan,Â New Hampshire State Senator, 2012-Present
- Kelley Robertson,Â Chief of Staff, Republican National Committee, 2005-2007
- Ileana Ros-Lehtinen,Â Member of Congress, 1989-Present
- Harvey S. Rosen,Â Member and Chairman, Council of Economic Advisers, 2003-2005
- Lee Rudofsky,Â Deputy General Counsel, Romney for President, 2012
- Patrick Ruffini,Â eCampaign Director, Republican National Committee, 2005-2007
- Steve Schmidt,Â Deputy Assistant to the President and Counselor to the Vice President, 2004-2006
- Ken Spain,Â Communications Director, National Republican Congressional Committee, 2009-2010
- Robert Steel,Â Undersecretary of the Treasury for Domestic Finance, 2006-2008
- David Stockman,Â Director, Office of Management and Budget, 1981-1985
- Jane Swift,Â Governor of Massachusetts, 2001-2003
- Michael E. Toner, Chairman and Commissioner, Federal Election Commission, 2002-2007
- Michael Turk,Â eCampaign Director for Bush-Cheney 2004
- Mark Wallace,Â U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Representative for UN Management and Reform, 2006-2008
- Nicolle Wallace,Â Assistant to the President and White House Communications Director, 2005-2008
- William F. Weld,Â Governor of Massachusetts, 1991-1997, and Assistant U.S. Attorney General (Criminal Division), 1986-1988
- Christine Todd Whitman,Â Governor of New Jersey, 1994-2001, and Administrator of the EPA, 2001-2003
- Meg Whitman,Â Republican Nominee for Governor of California, 2010
- Robert Wickers,Â Republican Political Consultant
- Dan Zwonitzer,Â Wyoming State Representative, 2005-present
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7th Victim of July 4th Mass Shooting Dies
Seven people have now died as a result of a gunman opening fire from a rooftop into an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Illinois.
The latest victim succumbed to their injuries Tuesday afternoon, NBC 5 Chicago reported. Authorities have not identified all the victims, but have said five of those who died were adults. Another 46 people were wounded.
Police on Tuesday announced that the shooter fired at least 70 rounds into the crowd, using a “high-powered rifle” that is “similar” to a AR-15. They also revealed the suspected gunman planned the attack for weeks, purchased his weapons legally, disguised himself by wearing women’s attire to “conceal his facial tattoos and his identity,” and to “help him during the escape.” He then walked to his mother’s house after the shooting.
Law enforcement Monday evening arrested Robert Crimo, who they say is a “person of interest,” but he has not been charged.
“There are no words for the kind of monster who lies in wait and fires into a crowd of families with children celebrating a holiday with their community,” Illinois Democratic Governor J.B. Pritzker said in a statement. “There are no words for the kind of evil that robs our neighbors of their hopes, their dreams, their futures. There are no words I can offer to lift the pain of those they leave behind. Please know that our state grieves with you, that MK and I grieve with you.”
Giuliani, Graham, Eastman, Others Tied to Trump Subpoenaed by Grand Jury in Georgia Criminal Election Investigation
Rudy Giuliani, Lindsey Graham, John Eastman, Jenna Ellis, and several others including Cleta Mitchell have been subpoenaed by a Fulton County special grand jury convened to investigate possible criminal actions or interference in Georgia’s 2020 elections.
Giuliani, Eastman, Ellis, and Mitchell, along with Kenneth Chesbro, are all members of Donald Trump’s legal team or advised the former president “on strategies for overturning Democrat Joe Biden’s wins in Georgia and other swing states,” and are now being subpoenaed, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Senator Graham (R-SC) has publicly admitted to contacting the Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. Also subpoenaed is attorney and podcast host Jacki Pick Deason.
“The 23-person special grand jury has heard testimony in recent weeks from a parade of witnesses, including some who had direct contact with Trump and his associates. But Tuesday’s subpoenas are the closest jurors have gotten to the inner circle of the former president,” the Journal-Constitution adds.
Eastman, the infamous author of the “coup memo,” is a former law professor and the current chairman of the anti-LGBTQ group National Organization For Marriage (NOM), which has never disavowed his actions.
“A federal judge in March,” the AJC adds, “argued that ‘it is more likely than not that President Trump and Dr. Eastman dishonestly conspired to obstruct the Joint Session of Congress on January 6, 2021.'”
In the days after the November 2020 election, The Washington Post reported, Sen. Graham “questioned Raffensperger about the state’s signature-matching law and whether political bias could have prompted poll workers to accept ballots with nonmatching signatures, according to Raffensperger. Graham also asked whether Raffensperger had the power to toss all mail ballots in counties found to have higher rates of nonmatching signatures, Raffensperger said.”
‘Planned for Weeks’: Highland Park Massacre Suspect Purchased Weapons Legally, Walked to Mother’s House After Shooting
The 21-year-old man suspected of being the shooter in Monday’s Highland Park, Illinois massacre planned the attack for weeks, purchased his weapons legally, disguised himself by wearing women’s attire to “conceal his facial tattoos and his identity,” and to “help him during the escape.” He then walked to his mother’s house after the shooting, police said in a Tuesday press conference.
Six people died and over thirty others were wounded.
The “high-powered rifle” Robert Crimo used is “similar to an AR-15,” Christopher Covelli, a spokesperson for the Lake County major crimes task force told reporters. He used it to “fire more than 70 rounds into the crowd.”
Crimo later borrowed his mother’s car.
Police say there was no one else involved. They add they were aware of him through previous interactions but those were not violent.
Law enforcement announces that they believe that Robert Crimo “preplanned this attack for several weeks” and that during “during the attack he was dressed in women’s clothing” to help conceal his facial tattoos and identity so he could flee during the chaos. pic.twitter.com/GCruC12276
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