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Chris Barron to Step Down as Chair of GOProud


Chris Barron will step down as chairman of gay conservative group GOProud following a tumultous week of events for the organization. The drama began after Barron and Jimmy LaSalvia outed Rick Perry's top pollster Tony Fabrizio in anger over Perry's instantly viral anti-gay ad. The outing angered conservative blogger and board member Andrew Breitbart so much that he resigned from the organization and the board put out a statement condemning the practice of "outing" individuals.

BarronMetroWeekly reports:

Lisa De Pasquale, the former director of Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), will be stepping in as the interim chair of the board of directors, although she says in a release that the day-to-day operations of the organization will be unchanged. She already had been serving on GOProud's advisory council. According to the release, Barron will remain on the board. Executive director Jimmy LaSalvia tells Metro Weekly that he remains the executive director and will remain a board member...According to the release, the group plans to restructure, including by asking several of its advisory council members to join the board."

Barron "will continue as the organization's Chief Strategist and I will remain on the Board as Chairman Emeritus" according to a statement on the press release.

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  1. Such a tragic loss...yuck, yuck....and yuck again! Won't waste another second on this...but had to say something meaningful.

    Posted by: Paul B. | Dec 14, 2011 6:21:59 PM

  2. Is that overweight woman from their board even a lesbian? Because there's no mention of her orientation on her Wikipedia page.

    Posted by: Joe B. | Dec 14, 2011 6:23:13 PM

  3. If your actions are directly or indirectly hurting other gays, you deserve to be outed!!!

    Posted by: ron | Dec 14, 2011 6:26:43 PM

  4. I have never been a fan of outing someone but in cases like this I have no problem.

    Posted by: Krh | Dec 14, 2011 6:35:24 PM

  5. Agreed. Outing quislings is perfectly justified. They work for the enemy

    Posted by: Steve | Dec 14, 2011 6:40:35 PM

  6. I invite GOProud to continue feeding on one another's hind-legs.

    Posted by: Danny | Dec 14, 2011 6:44:07 PM

  7. He's just taking some time off so he can fill up his other venom sac and get his face somewhat symmetrical again.

    Posted by: JWerner | Dec 14, 2011 7:01:10 PM

  8. I agree with outing hypocrites who directly work to harm our own community through such things as public policy or religious rhetoric. Don't know him personally, but I'm happy to see Barron step down, as he doesn't do anyone any favors as a public face to Gay Republicans with his smug, condescending attitude whenever a camera's red light is on.

    Posted by: Glenn | Dec 14, 2011 7:26:41 PM

  9. Ok it's over can we move on now and stop giving these parasites our attention

    Posted by: Epic | Dec 14, 2011 7:57:27 PM

  10. That group of nitwits certainly has some very self-important job titles, don't they!

    Posted by: Dagoril | Dec 14, 2011 8:16:01 PM

  11. Awww, it couldn't happen to a more noxious carbuncle on the @ss of humanity.

    Posted by: Caliban | Dec 14, 2011 8:26:50 PM

  12. Hypocrites DESERVE to be outed. It's completely, 100% justifiable. Any restructuring as a result of this shows exactly how weak GOProud is.

    Posted by: Tre | Dec 14, 2011 8:52:02 PM

  13. Outing has been going on for about 20 years now. Most of these gay staffers aren't really all that "in". Do they really think they aren't going to be outed when they work on openly anti-gay campaigns? Really?

    Posted by: Houndentenor | Dec 14, 2011 9:01:23 PM

  14. Was Tony actually outed? I knew he was gay a long time ago.

    I'm not sure he actually was outed, other than it being known to a broader audience that a gay man was working on Republican polling and strategy.

    Posted by: Frank Butterfield | Dec 14, 2011 9:08:20 PM

  15. What's interesting is that Barron said something that displeased the Rebpulican establishment. The price to pay for not following the party line is removal.

    Gotta hand it to the GOP - they enforce discipline.

    And what that means is that discipline is more important than actually winning gays any rights. They can be attack liberals, they can call for gay rights, they can hold parties. But if you actually do anything substantive, they will cut you off at the knees.

    Posted by: Randy | Dec 14, 2011 9:35:26 PM

  16. That's what's so bizarre. No one was really outed here. But then look at how apeshit the GOP went after Kerry mentioned that Mary Cheney was gay. It was hardly a secret. She had been out for years. (Although that didn't stop Lynn Cheney from denying that Mary was a lesbian on the Today show in 2000.) It's just that Republicans don't tolerate anyone calling them on their own BS. You have to wonder what Democrats could accomplish if they had 10% of the loyalty and discipline that Republicans have. Even when Dems have the majority they still can only just barely get anything done.

    Posted by: Houndentenor | Dec 14, 2011 10:28:40 PM

  17. oh, darn. where oh WHERE will GOProud ever find another self-loathing resentful reluctant homosexual with daddy issues and a history of racism to replace him?

    oh, wait.....

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Dec 14, 2011 10:32:33 PM

  18. I admit I don't much care about these guys. Their all a bunch of walking talking oxymoronsm IMO.
    But the story says that Barron will remain oboard as GoProud's Chief Strategist? Wow, I hope his next strategy works out better then this one.smh...

    Posted by: Ealan14 | Dec 14, 2011 10:53:42 PM

  19. *oxymorons*

    Posted by: Ealan14 | Dec 14, 2011 10:54:25 PM

  20. As a matter of practice and principle, I'm not an advocate for outing people, however, I am all for outing hypocrisy. Sometimes outing hypocrisy has the side effect of yanking someone out of the closet - in which case it's well deserved and entirely appropriate. You can't throw stones from the closet and expect to remain there...

    Posted by: Mitch | Dec 14, 2011 11:05:35 PM

  21. barron caved for outing a self-loathing gay man. he should have imploded at any board meeting with breitbart, nordquist and coulter.

    Posted by: andnowwhat | Dec 15, 2011 12:11:58 AM

  22. Any gay person in such a position as to affect a politically anti-gay agenda (or actively someone that persues an anti-gay agenda) deserves what they get. I think it's completely fair to both out and shun such nitwits. Sorry, there should be truth in advertizing, so to speak. It'd be great if Fabrizio's dance card is permanently empty.

    Posted by: Tarc | Dec 15, 2011 12:16:09 AM

  23. Outing this guy garnered GOProud some respect in my book. Should have none it was a quick sidenote, one easily squashed. If you are gay and work against us having equal rights I think lynching would be most appropriate.

    Posted by: Michael | Dec 15, 2011 1:07:10 AM

  24. Why bother restructuring when LaBarron and LaSalvia still have access to Twitter? Those two have less restraint than my 2 year old niece left alone in a candy store. They can GO, no problem, but the need to improve on the PROUD part.

    Posted by: Gigi | Dec 15, 2011 8:21:32 AM

  25. Does anyone know the salary figures that these bozos are pulling down? I'm betting it's quite lucrative. I wonder from where the funds come....someone ought to follow the money.

    Posted by: I Wonder | Dec 15, 2011 9:23:31 AM

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