CHARLESTON — The Alliance for Full Acceptance (AFFA) will play host to new Log Cabin Republican President Patrick Sammon when he makes a guest appearance at AFFA’s monthly meeting, to be held May 8 at The Renaissance Charleston Hotel.
Log Cabin President Patrick Sammon will speak at the Charleston Renaissance Hotel on May 8.
Named president of LCR in December 2006, Sammon provided the leading conservative voice defending gays and lesbians in the Republican Party in the wake of the scandal involving disgraced former Congressman Mark Foley. In appearances on CNN’s “Larry King Live,” “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” and on MSNBC and “ABC World News,” Sammon forcefully defended gay and lesbian Republicans and blasted those who used the Mark Foley scandal to advance their anti-gay agenda. Sammon also was featured in many publications including Time, USA Today, and The Washington Post.
Sammon joined the Liberty Education Forum in January 2004. LEF is a non-partisan educational foundation that’s associated with Log Cabin. As executive vice president at Liberty Education Forum, Sammon developed and implemented many programs and initiatives, including LEF’s Reaching the Heartland Program. This program is gaining new allies for equality among conservatives and people of faith, especially in red states. In 2004, he directed LEF’s research and education efforts on the anti-family Federal Marriage Amendment.
Sammon possesses a wide variety of political and media experience. He was an award winning television news reporter for six years. From 1999 to 2002, he was a television news reporter at WJHL Newschannel 11, the CBS affiliate in the Tri-Cities (Johnston City and Kingsport, Tenn. and Bristol, Tenn./Va.). He served as a general assignment news reporter, with special focus on political reporting. In 2002, the Tennessee Associated Press Broadcasters Association gave him an award for Best News Writing in the state. Sammon also spent three years as a television news reporter at WWNY-TV, the CBS affiliate in Watertown, New York. He received awards from the New York Associated Press Broadcasters Association for best feature reporting and the Syracuse Press Club for best investigative reporting.
Sammon moved to Washington, DC in January 2003. Before joining Log Cabin and LEF, he worked as a freelance associate producer at Manifold Productions, a documentary production company in Chevy Chase, MD.
A 32-year-old Seattle native, Sammon graduated Summa Cum Laude from Syracuse University in 1997, with a double major in marketing and broadcast journalism.
— AFFA presents Patrick Sammon kicks off at 5:45 p.m. The Renaissance Charleston Hotel is located at 68 Wentworth St. For more details, call 843-883-0343.