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Former RNC Chair Ken Mehlman Tells Iowa GOP That Support for Gay Marriage is Conservative: VIDEO


Former RNC Chair Ken Mehlman spoke  at the Davis Brown law firm in Des Moines to a crowd that included approximately 40 influential Republicans, the Des Moines Register reports:

Mehlman said he has been well received by a couple of dozen senior-level Iowa Republicans. He was accompanied at some of the meetings by David Kochel, the top Iowa adviser for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign.

“People have been nice to my face,” Mehlman, who is now a New York City businessman, said with a laugh. But he declined to reveal whom exactly he has met with since he arrived Sunday, noting “any issue in which people are evolving is always challenging for political leaders to deal with.”

Mehlman has teamed up with two Iowa marriage equality groups, Iowa Republicans for Freedom and One Iowa, to expand the number of right-of-center Iowans promoting civil marriage.

Watch Mehlman's ten-minute speech, AFTER THE JUMP...

He told the paper: "Republicans have an opportunity to both stand up for values that are core to our philosophy — freedom, family values and the golden rule — and to do the right thing politically by allowing adults who love one another to have access to civil marriage."

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  1. It's all about the votes. Funny how the GOP's moral convictions change when power is taken away from them.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jan 29, 2013 11:28:10 AM

  2. fooooooooools all of them

    Posted by: capetom | Jan 29, 2013 11:52:45 AM

  3. Um..ok. And he also should be out there talking to these people specifically about how the GOP's ongoing and deep-rooted anti-gay prejudices caused him to be a fully-grown man who not only lived a closeted lie of a life in order to fit in and be tolerated, but that he actually spent years voting against himself and his fellow LGBT brothers and sisters.

    It's that oh-so-important aspect of being gay in an anti-gay culture that far too many gay people, gay conservatives in particular, refuse to discuss and talk to other conservative-leaning people about.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 29, 2013 12:06:27 PM

  4. I think to be a member of the GOP you have to have an inferiority complex

    Posted by: Will | Jan 29, 2013 12:41:45 PM

  5. @JACK M: Touche.

    Sorry, Ken. I've said it before and I'll say it again: never forgive and never forget. Ever.

    You sold us out for years. And, NOW you decide that marriage equality is "conservative"?

    You, Ken Mehlman, are a horse's @ss.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jan 29, 2013 12:46:36 PM

  6. OMG!!! He actually made a pro-gay argument in front of a group of Republicans!!! (never thought I'd see the day)

    Posted by: BobN | Jan 29, 2013 12:46:54 PM

  7. In 2004 being anti-gay marriage served the GOP at the polls so Mehlman worked that angle. In 2012 being anti-gay drove people away from the GOP, so Mehlman jumps to the opposite perspective and now is working that angle. Ken's words may be different but his underlying agenda remains the same -- get republicans elected by whatever means necessary.

    Posted by: I'm just sayin' | Jan 29, 2013 1:20:32 PM

  8. If killer-Ken was on fire I'd be first on the scene with a large bucket of gasoline. He is responsible for many kids taking their own lives.

    Posted by: Geoff | Jan 29, 2013 1:28:56 PM

  9. F*ck Ken Mehlman. Who cares what this right wing tool thinks.

    Posted by: andrew | Jan 29, 2013 1:41:57 PM

  10. What Ken Mehlman did in his previous life was unconscionable. He's a typical psychopathic high level player. They are everywhere. Among Republicans, Democrats, progressives, conservatives and in-between. They are everywhere in business, academia, and so-on. They are the norm among ideological fanatics of all kinds.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 29, 2013 2:00:00 PM

  11. I still have not forgiven Ken Mehlman for his past actions. I don't care what he says. I remain suspicious. Sorry, Ken. Not enough water has gone under the bridge.

    Posted by: Noteasilyoffended | Jan 29, 2013 2:49:27 PM

  12. You guys need some serious therapy. He's helping the cause, period. Look forward, not backward, and have just a little bit of class. Geez.

    Posted by: Wade | Jan 29, 2013 4:57:44 PM

  13. The GOP didn't want or need us before. Now that they see the tide is shifting away from them you are now going to welcome us with open arms?! I'll believe it when I see it. Pigs will fly first though.

    Posted by: BETTY | Jan 29, 2013 6:40:35 PM

  14. @ wade sorry but after years of republicans condemning us one cannot help but feel disgusted and confused why all of a sudden they have a change of heart. Not to mention that the only reason this idiot says he likes gays is from decades of hard work from open minded brave individuals which this man nor any of the people in his party stand for and they realize now that they are in a minority and they want more votes. This man can pack it up and leave.

    Posted by: Will | Jan 30, 2013 1:16:28 AM

  15. While I may not agree with a lot of things the Republican party does, it is great to see some people stepping up for equal rights in the Republican party.

    Posted by: Amy | Feb 14, 2013 4:31:04 PM

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