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

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.

(image kat ruddy on flickr)


  1. Disgusted Gay American says

    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!

  2. Justin says

    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.

  3. Dan E says

    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.

  4. Justin says

    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.

  5. BreckRoy says

    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).

  6. Joe says

    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.

  7. Matt26 says

    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.

  8. jersey says

    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.

  9. TANK says

    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.

  10. Reality Bites says

    “…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)

  11. David in Houston says

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

  12. Tom in Bay Area says

    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.

  13. JPinWeHO says

    @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.

  14. princely54 says

    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.

  15. anon says

    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.

  16. TampaZeke says

    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!

  17. Smartypants says

    To those who are saying that the gay community needs to accept Mehlman and other Republicans who come out, let us make a distinction.

    I have no particular issue with gay Republicans. I disagree with them, but have a respect for them in their efforts to create a place at the conservative table for members of our community. But Mehlman is a different beast entirely.

    He made a decision to stay in the closet in order to garner ENORMOUS personal profit at the expense of the community. As chair of the RNC he actively coordinated vicious, lying attacks on gay and lesbian people. He lied about being gay in order to hide this hypocrisy because it would embarrass the party and reduce his pay.

    I consider him to be in essentially the same category as a war profiteer. He willfully lied, schemed and destroyed the lives of innocent people and lined his pockets while doing so. He is the lowest of the low and his path to redemption, should he even be interested will be a very long one.

  18. TampaZeke says

    Sorry BRECKROY, having a homosexual orientation does NOT automatically make a person part of the gay COMMUNITY. There are many homosexuals, closeted and otherwise, who, by their own choice, are not part of, and don’t want to be part of the gay community. Ask Alan Chambers and James Hartline if they are members of the gay community. Then try explaining to them that they actually are even if they don’t want to be.

    No matter how sweetly and eloquently you said it, it simply isn’t true.

  19. says

    This self-hating foul “man” worked for the 2004 re-election of GWB. That election was, by far, the most anti-gay election of modern times and this guy went right along with it. How pathetic!

  20. nic says

    @BreckRoy, unlike TOM IN BAY AREA, i find nothing thoughtful about what you said. should the jews have accepted mengele? this is only different by degree. not only was he a conservative, but he was a gay man who helped set back gay rights in all manner by working for what was the enemy. his craven, nefarious machinations not only affected gays by getting bush/cheney elected, they impacted the lives of countless innocent people: our soldiers, their families, the entire usa and the entire country of iraq. all this is inexcusable and unforgivable. i don’t want shameless, pathetic quislings in my community. fuck the p.o.s.

  21. Zlick says

    Yawn. I’m far more troubled that it’s ok for media outlets to consider “gay” defamatory, simply because it might potentially harm someone financially. Nowadays, calling someone a Muslim might harm them financially, but that doesn’t make it a defamatory accusation. Sheesh.

    As for the gay community or any other – if there were no distinction between being gay and being part of the Gay Community, why would be have different words for it? Membership in any community is not automatic simply because you fit into some category or other.

    Of course, no one has the authority to be out there revoking Gay Cards, but there’s more to being part of the gay community than simply being gay. If you are a backstabbing traitor to the gay community, I’d say that’s a community you’ve opted out of.

  22. Tone says

    Well I guess I’m happy he’s finally coming out, but after the way he’s behaved no damn way is he getting the toaster oven.

  23. Will says

    ASSHOLE, go back into the closet, we don’t want you. I don’t live my life in fear, which is why I will never have any truck with any rethuglican. Hope you die of cancer.

  24. Bains says

    So did he do without sex for all those years? Whomever slept with him is equally culpable……so was it you?

  25. Knative says

    I hope everything works out for the dude, because he’s probably got a lot of homophobic friends.

  26. X says

    How will he fix all the damage he’s caused? Children, families, soldiers, workers, and so many people have ultimately been hurt by his Republican party’s attacks on gays over the years! What is he doing to undo all that?!

  27. Chris says

    Ugh…Ken Mehl(wo)man is gay? Who knew ;-)? It’s enough to make me want to become straight.