Washington, D.C. — Today Log Cabin Republicans announced its Board of Directors has issued the first wave of endorsements for its federal political action committee (PAC) in the 2016 election cycle, including two candidates — Paul Babeu and Clay Cope — who are poised to make history as the first openly gay non-incumbent Republicans to be elected to the United States House of Representatives.

“These candidates for elected office represent the future of the GOP — strong, pro-equality Republicans with a winning message and a viable path to victory in November,” Log Cabin Republicans President Gregory T. Angelo stated. “LCR PAC will be working from now until Election Day to ensure these common-sense conservatives take their rightful place in the GOP congressional caucus as part of an inclusive Republican majority.”

The endorsed candidates are:

Sheriff Paul Babeu (R-AZ)
First Selectman Clay Cope (R-CT)
Justin Fareed (R-CA)
John Faso (R-NY)
Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA)
Charles Hernick (R-VA)
Amie Hoeber (R-MD)
Brent Sonnek-Schmelz (R-NJ)
Dr. Kenneth Wright (R-CA)

“I’m honored to earn the support of Log Cabin Republicans, since they stand for personal liberty, less government, and support free market principles that will create jobs.” Sheriff Paul Babeu

“I’m very proud to receive the endorsement of the Log Cabin Republicans, the largest group of gay and lesbian conservatives in the country. My campaign for Congress is now endorsed by the Republican Party of Connecticut, the Independent Party of Connecticut, the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, and the Log Cabin Republicans.” Clay Cope

“It’s truly an honor to have the support of the Log Cabin Republicans. My mission is to bring next generation leadership and 21st century solutions to Congress. This entire campaign has been built from the bottom-up by supporters from all different backgrounds. I look forward to being a strong voice in Washington and fighting to ensure everyone is represented and treated equally in America.” Justin Fareed

“New Yorkers agree that our country is on the wrong track. High taxes at home and the regulatory madness coming out of Washington continue to drive away residents and jobs. The Log Cabin Republicans recognize that the status quo isn’t working for us, and I am pleased to have earned their endorsement as we bring growth, reform and prosperity back to upstate New York.” John Faso

“After 14 years as an FBI Supervisory Special Agent, including as a National Supervisor in the Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section, I’m running for Congress because I believe in security and opportunity for all. My message is one of inclusion and a brighter tomorrow for every American — regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or identity. I’m proud to have the support of the Log Cabin Republicans who share my commitment to ensuring that anyone who works hard and plays by the rules can achieve their own American Dream.” Brian Fitzpatrick

“I’m very proud to have earned the Log Cabin Republicans endorsement. I’m proud to support Log Cabin Republicans. We have a shared commitment to equal rights, justice, and opportunity for all individuals.” Charles Hernick

“I want to thank the Log Cabin Republicans for their endorsement. As Republicans we all agree that we need to work to lower taxes, create a more efficient, less intrusive government, and strengthen our national security. In Congress I will work to achieve these goals, and I look forward to working with the Log Cabin Republicans.” Amie Hoeber

“I am proud to receive the endorsement of the Log Cabin Republicans. I believe in a party of inclusion with the promise of the American Dream for everyone, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or sexual identity. I firmly believe our party can unite our nation and move us in the right direction by being the party of smaller government and personal liberty. Our campaign is dedicated to getting government out of our personal lives and out of our wallets and our message is resonating with Democrat, Republican, and Independent voters across our district.” Brent Sonnek-Schmelz

“I am honored to be endorsed by the Log Cabin Republicans. I believe America should promote equal opportunity for all. We should have the freedom to dream and thrive. This freedom to achieve greatness makes America unique and the envy of the world. I believe in a level playing field and reject unfair advantages given to the big and powerful, or the political or social elite.” Dr. Kenneth Wright