The conservative LGBTQ group endorsed the candidate, who has opposed marriage equality in the past.
SPRINGFIELD — The Log Cabin Republicans of Illinois on Tuesday endorsed former Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran for the U.S. Senate in the 2020 election.
In the endorsement posted on the LCR website, the group said that Curran advocated a conservative agenda that they could support including limited government, healthcare, border security and would support inclusion.
In 2013, the conservative Illinois Review reported that Curran actively opposed the marriage equality bill that had been working it’s way through the Illinois General Assembly. During the 2020 primary, Curran told the Review that he was not pursuing an LCR endorsement. The LCR endorsed Tom Tarter of Springfield during the primaries. That same Review article also quoted Curran as not even pursuing the LCR endorsement.
According to Curran’s campaign website, he opposes “sanctuary cities,” opposes single-payer healthcare, is “pro-life,” and is very pro-police. He went on record with the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights for supporting a border wall, saying the science of climate change wasn’t settled, saying the U.S. couldn’t be a destination for refugees, and supporting Trump.
In the announcement of the endorsement, LCR chapter vice-president Drue Mielke said “Mark Curran’s record of public service defending law and order as former Lake County Sheriff combined with Mark’s commitment to the inalienable, God given right to life of the unborn has earned the Log Cabin Republicans of Illinois’ endorsement.”
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is expected to win re-election.
The Illinois Eagle has reached out to the Curran campaign for a reaction.