Mehlman out

 Posted by at 21:50  Politics, Republicans
Aug 252010
 

It seems everyone knew except him…

Bush Campaign Chief and Former RNC Chair Ken Mehlman: I’m Gay

Ken Mehlman
Ken Mehlman

Ken Mehlman, President Bush’s campaign manager in 2004 and a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, has told family and associates that he is gay.

Mehlman arrived at this conclusion about his identity fairly recently, he said in an interview. He agreed to answer a reporter’s questions, he said, because, now in private life, he wants to become an advocate for gay marriage and anticipated that questions would arise about his participation in a late-September fundraiser for the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), the group that supported the legal challenge to California’s ballot initiative against gay marriage, Proposition 8.

“It’s taken me 43 years to get comfortable with this part of my life,” said Mehlman, now an executive vice-president with the New York City-based private equity firm, KKR. “Everybody has their own path to travel, their own journey, and for me, over the past few months, I’ve told my family, friends, former colleagues, and current colleagues, and they’ve been wonderful and supportive. The process has been something that’s made me a happier and better person. It’s something I wish I had done years ago.” …

Mehlman’s leadership positions in the GOP came at a time when the party was stepping up its anti-gay activities — such as the distribution in West Virginia in 2006 of literature linking homosexuality to atheism, or the less-than-subtle, coded language in the party’s platform (“Attempts to redefine marriage in a single state or city could have serious consequences throughout the country…”). Mehlman said at the time that he could not, as an individual Republican, go against the party consensus. He was aware that Karl Rove, President Bush’s chief strategic adviser, had been working with Republicans to make sure that anti-gay initiatives and referenda would appear on November ballots in 2004 and 2006 to help Republicans.

I will never understand how these hypocrites live with themselves.

UPDATE (video may not be viewable outside of the United States):


 

Sep 022008
 

They refused to endorse George W. Bush, but John McCain they’ll go for…

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Log Cabin Republicans stand firmly behind John McCain

Ignoring his calls to pass an anti-gay marriage amendment in his home state and his positions on a number of gay and lesbian issues, the Log Cabin Republicans today endorsed Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) for president of the United States.

Issuing a statement from the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis, Log Cabin Republicans president Patrick Sammon that “on the most important issue that LGBT Americans faced in the last decade-the federal marriage amendment-Sen. John McCain stood with us. Now we stand with him.”

The organization also praised the Senator’s pick of Sarah Palin for Vice President, despite her anti-gay stands on issues such as hate crimes extensions and employment protection. The group said the pick shows McCain is committed to living up to his reputation as a “maverick.”

“Sen. McCain has always shown a willingness to reach out and engage in dialog with Log Cabin, while considering all sides of an issue,” Sammon said, expressing confidence that McCain will continue such talks if he is elected.

The organization said that the vote of the board was 12 in favor of the endorsement and two opposed. The Board has 17 members, including 16 men and one woman.

Poor misled and deceived souls. Bless their hearts.