Ken Mehlman, former chairman of the Republican National Committee and the former campaign manager for George W. Bush's 2004 re-election bid, has told his family and colleagues that he is gay, according to The Atlantic's Marc Ambinder.
From Ambinder's report:
"It's taken me 43 years to get comfortable with this part of my life," Mehlman said. "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, who headed the RNC from 2005 to 2007, becomes the highest-profile national Republican figure to come out as gay.
In the interview, Mehlman said that he reached the decision to come out in part because he would like to play a greater role as an advocate for same-sex marriage.
Mehlman was the pathetic sap in charge when the GOP had reached its gay-baiting peak and was on the downslide -- after GWB's re-election (sic).
Republicans really did strategize that, in order to win in a post-Bush environment, they would need to reach out to moderate conservatives ... abandoning the fundamentalist base. ROFL.
Beyond the rise of the Tea P's, though, I personally know Log Cabins who have beaten their heads against that conservative wall for decades now; trying desperately to belong to a group that lives to despise them. Nothing I have ever witnessed meets a truer definition of masochism than this.
They have their rationalizations, of course, one probably being the same loathing of the Democratic Party and its mission that motivates all the rest of the confused and ignorant Right.
But you just have to feel sorry for gay Republicans; everybody but them sees they're like Chickens for Colonel Sanders.