Via Towleroad: Former RNC chairman (and George W. Bush's campaign manager) Ken Mehlman, who came out as gay last year after presiding over a tsunami of anti-gay state constitutional amendment votes and an outspokenly anti-gay Republican agenda attended Gawker's gay-pride party on Wednesday. According to "Gatecrasher," he was "actually well received by the crowd," with someone being quoted as saying, "There were tons of media types here, and some came up to me saying 'I'm happy he's here.'"
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The Six Pack packs in a good Q&A with Mike Rogers of BlogActive.com, who always seems to know exactly who's gay and who isn't gay in the world of politics. He called Larry Craig so far back Craig was probably still calling anal sex "Greek active" and Rogers has never been wrong.
Of the recently out Mehlman, who's been getting support from recently out Roy Ashburn:
"Here’s a man who did exactly what Ken Mehlman did for many many years….Any time anybody comes out and is able to say I’m gay, this is a good thing. Someone like Ken Mehlman has been so heinous when you look at what he has done…There’s so much that he should be atoning for….and someone like Roy Ashburn of course will come to the defense of a Ken Mehlman because he’s really coming to the defense of himself….I’m glad to see that Ashburn has his changed ways, but Ken Mehlman has some answering to do."
Rogers correctly identifies Charlie Crist as amoral and also touches on Bill Hemmer...
It's nice that Dustin Lance Black and many others in the marriage-equality movement are excited that Ken Mehlman—former RNC chair and George W. Bush's campaign manager—has come out and is joining the marriage-equality bandwagon, but I'm not quite ready to agree with them. Mehlman says:
"It's taken me 43 years to get comfortable with this part of my life. 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."
I understand that some people have torturous coming-out processes, but should the gay community forgive and forget when that person's career has been about making sure that marriage inequality was codified in over 20 states' constitutions? Mehlman claims he would have pushed back against that had he been more comfy with himself back then. I don't know the man but it stinks to high heaven, his story that he was struggling with his sexuality then, but now that he's out of politics he's suddenly a stronger person and ready to try to fight to help undo all the damage he personally oversaw.