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Tuesday, November 23, 2004

The Bauer-Musgrave-Santorum Pandora's Box

From Chuck Muth's DC Confidential:


"Amid the Cabinet reshuffling, little attention has been paid to the appointment of Bush campaign manager Ken Mehlman as Republican National Committee chairman," writes political pundit Michael Barone. "But Mehlman's appointment could turn out to be as significant for our politics as Condoleezza Rice's is likely to be for foreign policy."

This is a great "insider" piece for those of you who like to keep up with what’s going on at the RNC. And since Mehlman will be the guy we’ll likely being dealing with beginning in January, it might be a good idea to get some background on the man with the plan. Catch Barone’s column here:

On the other hand, a blogger named Michael Rogers has been on a jihad to "out" gay Republicans in his anger over the Federal Marriage Amendment...and he now has Mehlman in his sights. In addition, the Washington Blade, a gay newspaper in the nation’s capital, is raising questions about Mehlman’s orientation.

Frankly, I couldn’t care less if Ken’s gay or not...and I doubt if most other people do, either. The guy knows how to organize precincts, recruit volunteers and win elections. That’s all I care about. His sex life is HIS business. But how will the religious right take it if it turns out the next Chairman of the Republican National Committee doesn’t like girls?

This is the Pandora’s box Rep. Marilyn Musgrave and Gary Bauer opened up for us all with the FMA. Gee, thanks folks.

That's my question too..... The Leviticus Crowd is already unhappy about Mary Cheney.

Sunday, November 21, 2004

Where do the Gay Groups Go from Here?

Great article in the Washington Blade covers HRC, Log Cabin Republicans and the Republican Unity Coalition.

Will Mary Cheney Rejoin the Republican Unity Coalition Board?

Francis said he would welcome Vice President Dick Cheney’s lesbian daughter Mary Cheney back to the board, should she choose to rejoin. He added that Cheney handled herself with “amazing dignity” during the presidential election.

“Lesser people would not have been able to withstand that kind of pressure,” Francis said.

Former U.S. Senator Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.) said he plans to continue to be active with RUC.

Simpson told the Blade that he came to Washington for the election night celebration. He said he spent time with Dick and Lynne Cheney, along with Mary Cheney and her partner, Heather Poe.

“Mary and Heather were very visible,” he said, in discussing the president’s victory speech the day after the election. “I was with the Cheneys.”

When asked about Mary Chaney’s role in pushing for gay rights, Simpson said, “She does as much as she can do. That’s my view. I admire her and her sister very much.”

“Slowly but surely, we’ll get there,” he said.

I hope Mary Cheney does rejoin the Republican Unity Coalition's board of directors.