I felt it best to open with the unexpurgated version, for as the Wiki notes –
“Comedian Bill Maher referred to Mehlman as a closeted gay man in a November 8, 2006, appearance on CNN’s Larry King Live. It became a controversy when CNN edited out Maher’s comments in later taped editions of the appearance and removed the reference to Mehlman’s sexuality from the transcript of the show. Faced with prior rumors of his sexuality, Mehlman denied that he was gay in May 2006. “I’m not gay,” Mehlman told the New York Daily News, “but those stories did a number on my dating life for six months.” Mehlman announced he would step down from his Chairman post the day after Maher’s appearance (although reports said that his resignation had been expected for some time)”
“Ken Mehlman, the former Republican chairman and Bush campaign chief, has disclosed that he is gay.
“It’s taken me 43 years to get comfortable with this part of my life,” he told Marc Ambinder, who writes: “Mehlman acknowledges that if he had publicly declared his sexuality sooner, he might have played a role in keeping the party from pushing an anti-gay agenda.”
This was an open secret in Washington. But now that question–should Mehlman have worked against the anti-gay marriage amendments pushed by the GOP?–can be asked just as openly. “
And being that it was an “open secret,” Mr. Sheri’s lips, and those of everyone else in the “Mainstream” media were sealed shut. Once in awhile a bit of guard would slip.
But that’s about it. Because according to Prissy’s Press Rules they didn’t know nothin’ ’bout suckin’ cock and takin’ it up the ass, unless the parties involved said they so themselves.
“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.”
Like a scene from Rope, I’m sure.
“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. “
Wait a minute, hold the phone, BACK UP! What happened to the slug “fairly recently”? What manner of Saul at Damascus Moment did he undergo?
“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.”
You don’t say.
And now for a dash of “clairity” this “explanation” from his Avocado interview.
“What was the turning point for you when you came to terms with being gay yourself – made peace with it yourself?
I always thought that it might be the case and was probably the case but I wasn’t sure and it was something that, to be honest with you, was kind of hard and you go through a period – at least I did – where there’s probably some denial and probably things you’re worried about and I’m just glad it’s behind me.”
You’ve been reading too much Gertrude Stein dear.
(back to Ambinder)
Privately, in off-the-record conversations with this reporter over the years, Mehlman voiced support for civil unions and told of how, in private discussions with senior Republican officials, he beat back efforts to attack same-sex marriage. He insisted, too, that President Bush “was no homophobe.”
Of course not. Didn’t he turn a male hustler names James D. Gurkert into a phony reporter who called himself “Jeff Gannon” working for the phony “Talon News” and install him in the press room to lob softball questions? And didn’t said “reporter” stay overnight, turning the White House into a hotbed motel for his real business?
A familiar face Kenny Boy? Or a familiar cock?
He often wondered why gay voters never formed common cause with Republican opponents of Islamic jihad, which he called “the greatest anti-gay force in the world right now.”
Second only to this dude —
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.
Mehlman acknowledges that if he had publicly declared his sexuality sooner, he might have played a role in keeping the party from pushing an anti-gay agenda.
“It’s a legitimate question and one I understand,” Mehlman said. “I can’t change the fact that I wasn’t in this place personally when I was in politics, and I genuinely regret that. It was very hard, personally.” He asks of those who doubt his sincerity: “If they can’t offer support, at least offer understanding.”
Sing “Melancholy Baby.”
Can it Sully.
Sing it Judy
“What I do regret, and think a lot about, is that one of the things I talked a lot about in politics was how I tried to expand the party into neighborhoods where the message wasn’t always heard. I didn’t do this in the gay community at all.”
He said that he “really wished” he had come to terms with his sexual orientation earlier, “so I could have worked against [the Federal Marriage Amendment]” and “reached out to the gay community in the way I reached out to African Americans.”
The Wiki makes note of that —
“Mehlman addressed the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) a full year before Bush addressed the civil rights organization. In his address to the NAACP on July 14, 2005 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Mehlman apologized for the Republican Party’s failure to reach out to the black community in the aftermath of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, stating, “Some Republicans gave up on winning the African-American vote, looking the other way or trying to benefit politically from racial polarization… I am here as Republican chairman to tell you we were wrong.” In a CNN interview a couple of days after the speech, he reluctantly mentioned the “Southern strategy” by name.
Although Mehlman’s speech seemed to suggest a new approach towards the African-American community, most have considered the approach to be unsuccessful, with several polls indicating that Republicans have not improved in terms of African-American approval. A Washington Post poll shows that Bush’s approval rating among African Americans fell to two percent at one point, and a report card issued by the NAACP gave “F”s to a majority of Republicans in the 109th Congress, although the report card covered a wide variety of issues, with multiple ones not dealing mainly with African Americans.”
“Mehlman is aware that his attempts to justify his past silence will not be adequate for many people. He and his friends say that he is aware that he will no longer control the story about his identity — which will simultaneously expose old wounds, invite Schadenfruede, and legitimize anger among gay rights activists in both parties who did not hide their sexual orientations. “
(Back to The Avocado )
” There’s a lot of gays and lesbians and other people who are still angry about the 2004 election and the fact that that those 11 amendments were on the ballot. Is there anything that you would like to say about that in particular?
Look, I have a lot of friends who ask questions and who are angry about it. I understand that folks are angry, I don’t know that you can change the past. As I’ve said, one thing I regret a lot is the fact that I wasn’t in the position I am today where I was comfortable with this part of my life, where I was able to be an advocate against that [strategy] and able to be someone who argued against it. I can’t change that – it is something I wish I could and I can only try to be helpful in the future.
But I understand the anger and I talk to friends about it – it’s something that I hear from a number of friends.”
“Mehlman, who has never married, long found his sexuality subject to rumor and innuendo.”
Translation: Everyone in the “Mainstream” Media knew but would rather sell their children into slavery than blab.
” He was the subject of an outing campaign by gay rights activist Mike Rogers, starting when Mehlman was Bush’s campaign manager. Rogers’s crusades against closeted gay Republicans split the organized gay lobby in Washington but were undoubtedly effective: he drove several elected officials, including Virginia Rep. Ed Shrock, from office, pushed out a would-be presidential campaign manager for George Allen well before Allen was set to run, slung rumors about Sen. Larry Craig’s sexual orientation well before Craig’s incident in a Minneapolis airport bathroom, and even managed to make homosexuality a wedge issue within the party’s activist circles.
In 2006, Rogers caught up to Mehlman and asked him why he gave “so many confusing answers to social conservatives about your homosexuality,” and followed up by asking whether Mehlman knew of a man who Rogers had claimed was Mehlman’s secret partner. Mehlman denied to Rogers that he had given conflicting answers and said that the man in question was a law school classmate.”
And speaking of law school classmates , the Wiki notes —
“Kenneth Brian Mehlman (born August 21, 1966, Baltimore, Maryland) is an American attorney and political figure. Currently a Member, Managing Director and head of Global Public Affairs for Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, he previously served as a partner at the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.
Mehlman has been a longtime figure in the Republican Party. He was a campaign manager for the 2004 re-election campaign of George W. Bush before serving as chairman of the Republican National Committee from 2005 to 2007. In June 2007, Bush appointed Mehlman to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council.
Mehlman is the son of Judith A. Mehlman and Arthur S. Mehlman, a director of MuniMae and formerly a partner at KPMG, for which he was the head of the firm’s auditing department in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area. Mehlman’s brother Bruce Mehlman works as a lobbyist at Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti.
Mehlman received his undergraduate degree in 1988 from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Tau (Xi chapter). He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1991, where he was a classmate of’
(wait for it!)
“future President Barack Obama.”
I’m sure they’re just good friends.
“In several discussions I’ve had with Mehlman since he stepped down from the Republican National Committee in 2007, he never volunteered information about his sexual orientation, although charges that he presided over a resurgence in anti-gay sentiment were clearly an ongoing burden to him.”
“The disclosure at this stage of Mehlman’s life strikes one close friend as being like a decision to jump off of a high diving board: Mehlman knows that there is plenty of water below, but it is still very scary to look down and make the leap. Mehlman likes order and certainty, and he knows that the reaction to his public confirmation cannot be predicted or contained. “
You’re no Matthew, Ken.
Mehlman is the most powerful Republican in history to identify as gay.
Because his tenure as RNC chairman and his time at the center of the Bush political machine coincided with the Republican Party’s attempts to exploit anti-gay prejudices and cement the allegiance of social conservatives, his declaration to the world is at once a personal act and an act of political speech.
“I wish I was where I am today 20 years ago. The process of not being able to say who I am in public life was very difficult. No one else knew this except me. My family didn’t know. My friends didn’t know. Anyone who watched me knew I was a guy who was clearly uncomfortable with the topic,” he said.
“During the Rogers crusades, many news organizations made attempts to confirm rumors and stories about Mehlman’s sexuality. Republicans close to Mehlman either said they did not know, or that it did not matter, or that the question was offensive.”
That’s because gayness is offensive to them — which is why they like to have sex with men and boys so much.
“Mehlman once joked in public that although he was not gay, the rumors put a crimp on his social life.”
As you can see he joked about it with his beards quite a lot.
“He admits to having misled several people who asked him directly.
He said that he plans to be an advocate for gay rights within the GOP, that he remains proud to be a Republican, and that his political identity is not defined by any one issue.”
“What I will try to do is to persuade people, when I have conversations with them, that it is consistent with our party’s philosophy, whether it’s the principle of individual freedom, or limited government, or encouraging adults who love each other and who want to make a lifelong committment to each other to get married.”
Planning to get married, Ken? You can in D.C. you know. Who’s the lucky guy? “Jeff Gannon” ?
“I hope that we, as a party, would welcome gay and lesbian supporters. I also think there needs to be, in the gay community, robust and bipartisan support [for] marriage rights.”
Ed Gillespie, a former RNC chairman and long-time friend of Mehlman, said that “it is significant that a former chairman of the Republican National Committe is openly gay and that he is supportive of gay marriage.” Although Gillespie himself opposes gay marriage,
OK STOP RIGHT THERE.
That’s all we need to know, isn’t it? Gillespie is against gay marriage — and so’s your old law school classmate Barry.
So what do you have to offer us other than self-aggrandizing PR?
( crickets chirping )
“he pointed to party stalwarts like former Vice President Dick Cheney and strategist Mary Matalin as open advocates for gay rights who had not been drummed out of the party. He acknowledged “big generational differences in perception when it comes to gay marriage and gay rights as an agenda, and I think that is true on the Republican side.”
But, Gillespie said, he does not envision the party platform changing anytime soon.”
Of course not. Homophobia is a central Republican fund-raising tool.
“There are a lot of Republicans who are gay, there are a lot of Republicans who support government sanction of gay marriage, a lot of Republicans who support abortion on demand, a lot of Republicans who support cap-and-trade provisions. They’re not single-issue voters.” Gillespie acknowledged that the party had been inhospitable to gays in the past, and said that he hopes Mehlman’s decision to come out leads the party to be “more respectful and civil in our discourse” when it comes to gays.
Translation: ‘We’ll tell them they’re biological errors who are going to Hell in the nicest possible way.”
“Mehlman said that his formal coming-out process began earlier this year. Over the past several weeks, he has notified former colleagues, including former President Bush. Once he realized that the news would probably leak, he assembled a team of former advisers to help him figure out the best way to harness the publicity generated by the disclosure for the cause of marriage rights. He is worried that some will see his decision to go public as opportunistic. Mehlman recently moved to Chelsea, a gay mecca in New York City. He refused to discuss his personal life with me, and he plans to give only a few print interviews on the subject.”
“Mecca”? OH MY GAWWD HE’S BEEN FUCKING MUSLIMS!!!!
Chad Griffin, the California-based political strategist who organized opposition to Proposition 8, said that Mehlman’s quiet contributions to the American Foundation for Equal Rights are “tremendous,” adding that “when we achieve equal equality, he will be one of the people to thank for it.” Mehlman has become a de facto strategist for the group, and he has opened up his rolodex — recruiting, as co-hosts for the AFER fundraiser: Paul Singer, a major Republican donor, hedge fund executive, and the president of the Manhattan Institute; Benjamin Ginsberg, one of the GOP’s top lawyers; Michael Toner, a former chairman of the Federal Election Commission; and two former GOP governors, William Weld of Massachusetts and Christie Todd Whitman of New Jersey.
Dustin Lance Black, the Academy Award winning writer of “Milk,” said, “Ken represents an incredible coup for the American Foundation for Equal Rights. We believe that our mission of equal rights under the law is one that should resonate with every American. As a victorious former presidential campaign manager and head of the Republican Party, Ken has the proven experience and expertise to help us communicate with people across each of the 50 states.”
Lance, you should be ashamed of yourself. Kenny Boy is no different than any of the closeted Mormon phobes that made your adolescence a living hell. He has NOTHING to contribute to any of us.
But in the immortal words of Herman Melville “Something further may follow of this masquerade.”
Sing us out kids!