November 1, 2012 at 10:16 pm EDT | by WBadmin
How are politicos spending election night?
Election 2012, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, John Berry, Lateefah Williams, Andy Staton, Robert Turner, Jimmy LaSalvia, R. Clarke Cooper, Republican Party, Democratic Party, gay news, Washington Blade

(top l-r) Chuck Wolfe, John Berry, R. Clarke Cooper and Chad Griffin. (bottom l-r) Lateefah Williams, Jimmy LaSalvia, Robert Turner and Andy Staton. (Washington Blade photos by Michael Key. Andy Staton photo courtesy of Andy Staton)

The Blade asked a group of LGBT politicos how they will spend election night next week. Here’s what they have planned.

“I’ll be in Madison, Wis., with Tammy Baldwin’s historic campaign for the U.S. Senate.” — Chuck Wolfe, president, Victory Fund


“I’ll be watching election returns with my family, friends and fellow appointees here in D.C.” —John Berry, director, Office of Personnel Management

“On election night, I will be up in Boston with other Victory 2012 volunteers.” —R. Clarke Cooper, executive director, Log Cabin Republicans

“I’ll be in Washington at HRC headquarters monitoring the election night returns. There’s no doubt that this is the most historic election of our time for LGBT people. The president’s re-election, Tammy Baldwin’s election and a record number of out congressional candidates, the four marriage states, and the retention battle in Iowa will make it a night for the history books.” —Chad Griffin, president, HRC


“I plan to watch the returns and plan to attend an election watch party but I haven’t decided which party to attend.” —Lateefah Williams, president, Gertrude Stein Democratic Club

“There’s a possibility I’ll go to Boston for the big election night party for the Romney campaign. But whatever I do, we will host a gathering for watching the election night returns at the GOProud offices.” —Jimmy LaSalvia, executive director, GOProud

“We haven’t definitively planned an election watch party. We’re still looking into the feasibility of doing it. But if we do something it will likely be at Mova bar. We won’t have a definitive answer until later in the week because of the storm.” —Robert Turner, president, Log Cabin Republicans of D.C.

Gay Delaware state Senate candidate Andy Staton plans to spend election night at his friend Matt Haley’s restaurant, Fish On, in Lewes. He spoke to the Washington Blade earlier on Oct. 29 before Hurricane Sandy made landfall in southern New Jersey. “If it’s safe and things are relatively back to normal, we’ll gather there.”

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