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Report: Former RNC Chair Ken Mehlman to Come Out of the Closet


Mike Rogers of Blogactive, the blogger featured in Outrage, Kirby Dick's documentary which exposed closeted hypocritical politicians, reports that former RNC Chair Ken Mehlman is coming out of the closet:

"Ken Mehlman, the former Chairman of the Republican National Committee is set to come out of the closet in a column by Atlantic writer Marc Ambinder Friday morning or early next week. This will be on the heels of him being included in fundraising letter supporting marriage equality."

Mehlman has previously denied being gay. After the 2006 White House Correspondents Dinner, he said, "I’m not gay. But those stories did a number on my dating life for six months"

You may recall a segment of Larry King Live from back in November 2006 in which Bill Maher outed Mehlman. CNN edited the west coast feed and cut out the comments in which Maher outed Mehlman, also deleting the uncut version from YouTube.

The New York Times reported on the editing, but also wouldn't name Mehlman, saying that Maher "[speculated about some politicians’ sex lives."

At the time, a spokesman for Larry King Live told the paper, "When someone says something potentially defamatory that we don’t expect them to say live on the air, we typically won’t be liable for it. However, if we continue to rebroadcast it, without any reporting of our own or any comment from the subject of the accusation, we could be legally responsible for what that guest said."

Continued, AFTER THE JUMP...

Rogers wants contrition, apology, and action:

So, how can Ken Mehlman redeem himself? I want to hear from Ken that he is sorry for being the architect of the 2004 Bush reelection campaign. I want to hear from Ken that he is sorry for his role in developing strategy that resulted in George W. Bush threatening to veto ENDA or any bill containing hate crimes laws. I want to hear from Ken that he is sorry for the pressing of two Federal Marriage Amendments as political tools. I want to hear from Ken that he is sorry for developing the 72-hour strategy, using homophobic churches to become political arms of the GOP before Election Day.

And those state marriage amendments. I want to hear him apologize for every one of those, too.

And then there is one other little thing. You see, while you and I had the horrible feelings of being treated so poorly by our President, while teens were receiving the messaging 'gay is bad' giving them 'permission' to gay bash, while our rights were being stripped state by state, Ken was out there laughing all the way to the bank. So, if Ken is really sorry, and he very well may be, then all he needs to do is sell his condo and donate the funds to the causes he worked against so hard for all those years. He's done a lot of damage to a lot of organizations, while making a lot of moeny. A LOT of money. It's time to put his money where his mouth is. Ken Mehlman is sitting in a $3,770,000.00 (that's $3.77 million) condo in Chelsea while we have lost our right to marry in almost 40 states.

THEN, and only then, should Mehlman be welcomed into our community.

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  1. LOL..honey that closet been open for years...he's just a self-loathing homo...and as usual- now that the GOP is not in power - the coward comes out...we don't wantm!

    Posted by: Disgusted Gay American | Aug 25, 2010 4:44:47 PM

  2. FuTuRe GOProuder.

    Posted by: Mike | Aug 25, 2010 4:45:40 PM

  3. Ken Mehlman makes me sick. It was obvious watching him on TV during Bush's reelection in 2004 that he was a closet homo to the Nth degree. Mehlman was the one behind the strategy of putting the marriage amendments on the ballot in 14 states in 2004 to drive up the religious wacko voter turnout for Bush. Mehlman is a coward and a pathetic excuse for a man who tried to build up his "macho" straight cred by putting others down. He can go to hell for all I care.

    Posted by: Justin | Aug 25, 2010 4:50:27 PM

  4. I guess he wants to hit the bars now that he's in Chelsea.

    Anyone who sleeps with him should get no play from anyone else for life.

    Posted by: Dan E | Aug 25, 2010 4:52:00 PM

  5. Fuck Roy Cohn 2.0. ANything he does will be too little, too late.

    Posted by: tee cent | Aug 25, 2010 4:55:08 PM

  6. haven't courts repeatedly held that accusing someone of being gay is not defamatory?

    Posted by: dattexas | Aug 25, 2010 4:55:50 PM

  7. Ken Mehlman and others like him have blood on their hands from the thousands of gay teens who've killed themselves in backwaters like Omaha, Altoona, Montgomery, and all across this country as a result of the culture of hate Mehlman and the GOP have cultivated. The man repulses me.

    Posted by: Justin | Aug 25, 2010 4:55:54 PM

  8. While I understand Rogers's anger and that he may be exaggerating a little (or not), I figure it's worth sharing something those of us who are members of other minorities have long learned and accepted: you don't have to like someone or have them like you to be a member of a community. They just have to be a party to it. Just as blacks who first moved into white neighborhoods were part of that community, whether or not they were accepted by the whites there or not (or, conversely, blacks like Alan Keyes or Clarence Thomas can't be "voted out" of the Black community just because they seem to actually HATE everything being black represents).

    If Ken Mehlman is gay (and is anyone saying he isn't anymore?) then he is a part of the gay community--at least to date, he's been part of that closeted, self-hating, anti-self-interest minority of the community, but he's still part of it and, more importantly, THEY are a part of our community and must be reached out to with hearts and minds changed one at a time through love and acceptance.

    Ken Mehlman doesn't owe anyone anything (though an apology would be nice)to be "accepted" as gay. He certainly doesn't owe any specific words or have to SELL HIS HOUSE (however nice) to be "accepted" into the community. If he's gay, he's already here. Now we learn why guys like him hate themselves so and we try to keep another generation of gays from doing so.

    I'm struck by the column recently that listed the "repentence" that "pro-gay" conservatives (LOL) Ann Coulter and Glenn Beck would have to do (after saying reasonable things about gay rights recently) before they could be "welcome" as conservatives or "trusted" as Christians again. It actually, like this column, listed things they would have to say in public, specifically, and actions they would have to take to be welcomed as Christians or conservatives ever again. Bullshit.

    If you believe Christ is the son of God, then you're a Christian--whether you're liberal or conservative, love gays or hate them. If you hold largely conservative beliefs--even if you HATE gay people or if you LOVE them and want full rights--then you get to call yourself a conservative. Let's not follow Roger's advice and sink to the level of the Republican scum who have litmus tests for everything.

    Ken Mehlmen is gay. He's also been closeted and self-hating for a LONG, destructive time. The fact that he's comign out at all (with no soliciation arrest or rentboy scandal forcing him out of the closet) is a HUGE step for him. I'm happy for him. Not happy WITH him, but happy he's gotten this far and hope he'll go even further as he his coming out journey continues.

    But make no mistake, gay conservatives get to be gay, too. They get to be part of our community and we don't get to decide to allow them or not allow them to be an active part of the community--even as representatives of political positions we don't agree with. (Trust me, Alan Keyes and Clarence Thomas make my blood boil, but they are no less black and no less representative of very real, if fringe, part of the black experience and community).

    Posted by: BreckRoy | Aug 25, 2010 4:58:36 PM

  9. He should stay in the closet. What possible use could he be?

    Posted by: TANK | Aug 25, 2010 4:58:59 PM

  10. Too late you fucken traitorous asshole.

    Posted by: secretagentman | Aug 25, 2010 5:00:16 PM

  11. He has a terrible past, and I agree with the general sentiment that there is blood on his hands from all the tortured teens who killed themselves (or even from the people who hate themselves because they're gay) due to the policies and culture of hate he helped to create just to win an election.

    However, I"m hoping that more Gay Republicans can come out of the closet. It's time. The more gay republicans their are, the less of a serious presence social conservatives will have in the party.

    Posted by: Joe | Aug 25, 2010 5:02:56 PM

  12. Go Back!

    Posted by: rebar | Aug 25, 2010 5:03:46 PM

  13. I feel sorry and sad for him to deny his true feelings because of - RNC? It is sad to see gays in closet in politics trying to keep their sexual identity a secret by acting against sexual minorities. I don't understand the logic in it (if there is any). He's lived a very sad life.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Aug 25, 2010 5:05:07 PM

  14. I doubt that many will forgive and even fewer will forget. His involvement in the 2004 campaign was and is pathetic. But let's see what he does now. We don't have to forgive jack shit but we can give credit for any positive acts Mehlman undertakes in the future.

    Posted by: jersey | Aug 25, 2010 5:05:44 PM

  15. That's not true, joe. It's not true that gay republicans will in any way stem the support for social conservativism. There are many out gay republicans who are racist, homophobic, and sexist shitbags, and do little, if not NOTHING, to dialogue with the extremist elements of their party mainstream (and social conservatism is the mainstream of the modern republican party). They are useless.

    Generalized, moderates of any ideology don't change hearts and minds. Former extremists do.

    Posted by: TANK | Aug 25, 2010 5:08:21 PM

  16. "...I want to hear from Ken that he is sorry..."

    I want to hear sorry from larry king, CNN, NYT, etc for being enabelers of mehlman's closeted attacks on gays (and other hypocrites who the media gladly help hold the closet door closed for)

    Posted by: Reality Bites | Aug 25, 2010 5:11:50 PM

  17. He's a traitor to humanity. He should never be forgiven for what he's done. Never.

    Posted by: David in Houston | Aug 25, 2010 5:13:15 PM

  18. Thanks, Breckroy. Very eloquent and thoughtful. Though I don't agree with everything you say (I do believe that he has some "repentence" to do with our community), I truly appreciate your voice of reason. Thank you.

    Posted by: Tom in Bay Area | Aug 25, 2010 5:15:57 PM

  19. @DATTEXAS: "haven't courts repeatedly held that accusing someone of being gay is not defamatory?"

    No - they just found that it's not automatically defamatory. Anything said that is intentionally untrue that causes someone to lose money can be defamatory.

    Posted by: JPinWeHO | Aug 25, 2010 5:22:30 PM

  20. breckboy - thanks for an excellent, thoughtful comment.

    Posted by: mrpeenee | Aug 25, 2010 5:26:49 PM

  21. CNN has a lot of balls with that policy statement. NOBODY has confirmed the Prop 8 judge is or isn't gay and they didn't EDIT that out of broadcasts. Hypocritical fools.

    Posted by: princely54 | Aug 25, 2010 5:29:31 PM

  22. "Repulsive Anti-Gay Quisling Homophobic Scumbag Asshat Closeted Former RNC Chair Ken Mehlman Is About To Come Out"

    Joe.My.God just about sums it up for me.


    Posted by: evan | Aug 25, 2010 5:30:52 PM

  23. Except, Larry, that Mike Rogers did not get sued. For a public figure, the claim made must be false with malicious intent. Mere harm is not enough. If Mehlman had lost his job because of the claim, but it was true, then he still can't sue (or theory, can't win). For non-public figures, the claim merely needs to be intentionally false--no malice is needed.

    Posted by: anon | Aug 25, 2010 5:34:16 PM

  24. Another scumbag Republican comes out of the closet after fully participating in reeking havoc on the GLBT community.

    Keep your marriage support to yourself asshole. It's worthless now!

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Aug 25, 2010 5:34:16 PM

  25. Do you think that's grand ma's china collection he's posing in front of?

    Posted by: tom | Aug 25, 2010 5:35:24 PM

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