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Ken Mehlman, Bush Campaign Manager, Comes Out as Gay
cbsnews.com ^ | Aug. 25, 2010 | Brian Montopoli

Posted on 08/25/2010 4:08:56 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

Former Republican National Committee chairman and Bush-Cheney campaign manager Ken Mehlman has announced publicly that he is gay, CBS News chief political consultant and politics editor for The Atlantic Marc Ambinder reports.

"It's taken me 43 years to get comfortable with this part of my life," Mehlman said. "Everybody has their own path to travel, their own journey, and for me, over the past few months, I've told my family, friends, former colleagues, and current colleagues, and they've been wonderful and supportive. The process has been something that's made me a happier and better person. It's something I wish I had done years ago, but I didn't."

Mehlman was RNC chairman from 2005 to 2007 after serving as Bush-Cheney campaign manager in 2004. He also served as White House political director during President Bush's first term.

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KEYWORDS: bigtent; bush; gaymafia; gayoldparty; homosexualagenda; homosexuals; inyourface; kenmehlman; mccain; mehlman; nicollewallace; rino; rinos; rnc; steveschmidt
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1 posted on 08/25/2010 4:08:57 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

why am i not surprised????


2 posted on 08/25/2010 4:09:51 PM PDT by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Keep it to yourself Ken, you have for 43 years.


3 posted on 08/25/2010 4:09:55 PM PDT by Marty62 (marty60)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Meanwhile nobody can seem to find Larry Sinclair.


4 posted on 08/25/2010 4:12:12 PM PDT by cquiggy
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To: Marty62

and some people wonder why RINOs have nothing in common with normal people


5 posted on 08/25/2010 4:12:34 PM PDT by gthog61
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Isn't that special...
6 posted on 08/25/2010 4:12:38 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: Marty62

and some people wonder why RINOs have nothing in common with normal people


7 posted on 08/25/2010 4:12:43 PM PDT by gthog61
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Well, that explains some things...


8 posted on 08/25/2010 4:12:43 PM PDT by CA Conservative
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To: fishtank

Wha, he didn’t feel comfortable under Bush’s big tent??


9 posted on 08/25/2010 4:13:30 PM PDT by omega4179 (JD Hayworth)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

There is something wrong when it takes 43 years to get comfortable with who you are.


10 posted on 08/25/2010 4:13:48 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Happy Days, so why should I give a sh**.


11 posted on 08/25/2010 4:15:55 PM PDT by boomop1
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Bless his heart he has brought things to a head.


12 posted on 08/25/2010 4:16:43 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

he needs to go to rehab really bad


13 posted on 08/25/2010 4:17:38 PM PDT by RatRipper (I'll ride a turtle to work every day before I buy anything from Government Motors.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I’ve been thinking about announcing that I am remaining straight....probably wouldn’t get as much press.


14 posted on 08/25/2010 4:17:43 PM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Poor Ken, he was the last to know.


15 posted on 08/25/2010 4:20:54 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("Obama suffers from decision-deficit disorder." Oliver North 6/25/10)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
no wonder the GOP did so terrible in 2008, the Chairman was too preoccupied. Did he have some of his pardners on staff??
16 posted on 08/25/2010 4:21:07 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

More Liberal RINO nonsense


17 posted on 08/25/2010 4:21:13 PM PDT by UCFRoadWarrior (JD for Senate ..... jdforsenate.com. You either voting for JD, or voting for the Liberal...)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

This is not news. He’s been “outed” several times. I think Bill Maher actually outed him on his show.


18 posted on 08/25/2010 4:21:17 PM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I don’t care one way or the other, Ken.

It bothers me when folks try to make an issue of someone’s sexuality unnecessarily — including the person in question.


19 posted on 08/25/2010 4:25:24 PM PDT by pogo101
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To: Free ThinkerNY
I don't care that's just more girls for me.

Except I'm married and fat and bald and old and grumpy.

20 posted on 08/25/2010 4:25:56 PM PDT by Selmore (Except for ending Slavery, Facism, Communism, and Nazism, War never has accomplished anything)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
The process has been something that's made me a happier and better person.

Has anyone noticed that about the time their bats start to go limp, some players show up at the park to begin catching?

21 posted on 08/25/2010 4:26:01 PM PDT by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
What is it with these people? I can tell you. The guilt within them is so bad they finally have to speak out publically. If they don't, their minds will crack. Even if the rest of us don't want to hear about any of it or even care what they do, they have to tell us all about it anyway. Pure selfish narcissism.
22 posted on 08/25/2010 4:26:34 PM PDT by Hattie
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To: Free ThinkerNY
The process has been something that's made me a happier and better person.

Cool...tomorrow he can proclaim he is a teapot and next week he is a fireman and the week after that a labradoodle. The sky is the limit to become a happier person.
23 posted on 08/25/2010 4:26:57 PM PDT by crazyhorse691 (Now that the libs are in power dissent is not only unpatriotic, but, it is also racist.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

http://www.pamspaulding.com/weblog/2005/03/gq-ken-mehlman-isnt-gay-and-repug.html

“”Ken Mehlman is not gay,” Steve Schmidt, a senior official of the Bush campaign and a friend of Mehlman’s told Jake Tapper, an ABC News correspondent who wrote the piece for the [GQ]magazine. “


24 posted on 08/25/2010 4:29:24 PM PDT by mrsmith
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Well knock me over with a feather ... boa.


25 posted on 08/25/2010 4:30:00 PM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear (These fragments I have shored against my ruins)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The only question then left for Ken to answer is just what role he plays in a relationship. So Ken you do you hit or receive??????


26 posted on 08/25/2010 4:30:22 PM PDT by Captain Peter Blood
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To: Marty62
Yep...I have no problem with anyone being homosexual, as long as they keep it to themselves. I really don't care to know about anyone's sex life...hetero, homo, veggie or otherwise...other than my own

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

27 posted on 08/25/2010 4:33:01 PM PDT by wku man (Steel yourselves, patriots, and be ready. Won't be long now....)
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To: higgmeister

The first time I heard this guy talk I knew he had way too few Higgs Bosons in his loafers.


28 posted on 08/25/2010 4:33:30 PM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear (These fragments I have shored against my ruins)
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To: pogo101
"It bothers me when folks try to make an issue of someone’s sexuality unnecessarily — including the person in question."

If someone makes an issue of their own vile, perverted, immoral and disease-spreading sexual preferences, then I'm damn sure gonna criticize the hell out of them. If they would just STFU and not announce to the world who and/or what they prefer to diddle, then it wouldn't be an issue.

But of course, homos can't do that, because it's all part of pushing their agenda. They identify themselves first and foremost by their sexual preferences, and try to force the rest of us to accept them as normal, when they're anything but.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

29 posted on 08/25/2010 4:40:09 PM PDT by wku man (Steel yourselves, patriots, and be ready. Won't be long now....)
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To: NonValueAdded

Exactly.

This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone.

Now when Boy George and Elton John came out, those were some shockers.


30 posted on 08/25/2010 4:40:29 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Shocked!


31 posted on 08/25/2010 4:40:47 PM PDT by nhwingut (Palin/Bachmann '12)
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To: Retired Greyhound

Boy George is gay?!?!?!? Say it isn’t so.


32 posted on 08/25/2010 4:43:30 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Aren’t ladies and gentlemen supposed to refrain from religious and sexual discussions in public?


33 posted on 08/25/2010 4:44:56 PM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles,)
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To: elpadre; Free ThinkerNY

>>> no wonder the GOP did so terrible in 2008, the Chairman was too preoccupied

Insightful analysis. Clearly Mehlman being gay is what crashed AIG, Morgan-Stanley, and generally put the US into a recession six weeks before the vote.


34 posted on 08/25/2010 4:47:06 PM PDT by tlb
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To: higgmeister

That made me laugh harder than I have laughed in a long time. Thank you for that.


35 posted on 08/25/2010 4:47:27 PM PDT by beandog
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To: dfwgator

Only guessing. Not sure about these guys, though:


36 posted on 08/25/2010 4:49:11 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I thought Bush’s campaigns were pretty limp-wristed. Now I’d take even money that his Chief-of-Staff was a fisting fan.


37 posted on 08/25/2010 4:51:01 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth
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To: Retired Greyhound

Indeed ya got to be a macho macho man.


38 posted on 08/25/2010 4:51:55 PM PDT by jimfree (In 2012 Sarah Palin will continue to have more relevant quality executive experience than B. Obama.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Let me get this straight: a man who finds erotic fascination with the hairy fecal elimination canals of other men WAS PUT IN CHARGE OF THE RNC? And those idiots wonder why we are losing faith in their leadership?


39 posted on 08/25/2010 4:52:32 PM PDT by DesertRenegade
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To: who_would_fardels_bear
I have an uncle that came out late in his life in spite of those hurt by it, my mother for one, my grandmother for another. Since then, hearing him introducing his special friend as his husband was a very creepy experience. His first "friend" was the most vile person I have been introduced to, especially for his unveiled disdain for "breeders."
40 posted on 08/25/2010 4:56:42 PM PDT by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Hmm...next thing you know, they’ll have Barney Frank as the chairman....


41 posted on 08/25/2010 5:02:32 PM PDT by GenXteacher (He that hath no stomach for this fight, let him depart!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

And how is this newsworthy?

Mehlman currently holds no elected or appointed position.


42 posted on 08/25/2010 5:04:28 PM PDT by Undocumented_capitalist (Pure is the enemy of good...waiting for pure to happen will always end in dispair.)
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To: freekitty
There is something wrong when it takes 43 years to get comfortable with who you are

Especially when that something is a man and his sex drive, how does a man live most of his life indecisive about, or indifferent to his sexual passion?

43 posted on 08/25/2010 5:08:58 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: beandog
That made me laugh harder than I have laughed in a long time. Thank you for that.

You're welcome! But that's not to disparage real catchers such as Yogi Berra, Johnny Bench, Mike Piazza or Greg Olson!

44 posted on 08/25/2010 5:11:21 PM PDT by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“no wonder the GOP did so terrible in 2008, the Chairman was too preoccupied. Did he have some of his pardners on staff??”

Mr. Mehlman was not chairman of the RNC in 2008. The people in charge of the RNC from 2007 to 2009 were two great “heterosexuals” in the GOP, Senator Mel Martinez and Mr. Mike Duncan.

People can say what they want about this announcement from Mr. Mehlman, I only know the following about his politics, his political experience and his abilities.

As the head of the Bush 2004 re-election campaign, his candidate won when EVERYTHING in the public arena said the nation was so opposed to Bush over Iraq that Bush couldn’t win.

And, during that campaign, Mr. Mehlman created the first-ever nationwide, fully integrated, fully web-site and database integrated national and nation wide integrated get out the vote campaign.

I know, because I personally volunteered to work on it during the campaign and all the up to the final hours. As such a volunteer, you could access lists of GOP-registered and “Independent” registered voters, in your state or in other states, including their phone numbers; select them one by one from the list, note if you contacted them or not and note how you think they responded; all with a “pitch” that identified why your were calling (for the re-elect Bush campaign); and all with your actions continually updating the database everyone was working from.

It became a nearly full time operation for many volunteers in the final few days, and for many of us right up to when the polls closed.

Recruitment, sign-up and coordination was largely performed through Internet based promotion and Email.

How many Americans like me got involved? I was told that during the course of the entire 2004 campaign, about 1.5 million “grass roots” GOPers, like me, got involved.

And Bush won.

No doubt that was what led to Mr. Mehlman’s selection for RNC Chairman’s spot in 2005.

Like I said at the start of my note, Mehlman was followed by the Martinez/Duncan duo, who ran the oh-so-unsuccessful response to the Dims in 2008.


45 posted on 08/25/2010 5:12:24 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Some years ago, I attended a massive fund raiser in Orlando for Bush I's reelection. Four things set my teeth on edge:

(1) Armand Hammer -- yes, corrupt, thuggish Armand Hammer -- posthumously revealed as a Soviet agent -- was given an award in the name of the RNC;

(2) a surprisingly large number of crooked businessmen had bought their way in;

(3) as I and an off duty public corruption investigator there both recognized, due to Secret Service screening, the Bush people obviously knew but had no sense of concern over who they had let into association with the President of the United States -- which meant the Bush himself had approved of slumming for campaign cash; and

(4), the program included a speech by Ken Mehlman that was so gushingly laudatory of George Bush that I immediately suspected Mehlman was gay and unhappily realized that Bush was shallow enough to like servile, over the top flattery from underlings.

46 posted on 08/25/2010 5:17:41 PM PDT by Rockingham
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To: fishtank

I called that 4 years ago.


47 posted on 08/25/2010 5:19:26 PM PDT by backwoods-engineer (There is no "common good" which minimizes or sacrifices the individual. --Walter Scott Hudson)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Mehlman said he wanted to come out publicly because “he wants to become an advocate for gay marriage.” How long before this idiot says he wants to ‘adopt’ a young boy? Why are these freaks always so predictable?


48 posted on 08/25/2010 5:19:45 PM PDT by DesertRenegade
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To: freekitty

“There is something wrong when it takes 43 years to get comfortable with who you are.”

So for 30 odd years when Kenny masturbated he was fantasizing about trees or tires? Give me a break. This slimebag knew what turned him on decades ago but had the common sense to know it was perverted. Now he’s just lying through his teeth.


49 posted on 08/25/2010 5:26:04 PM PDT by DesertRenegade
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To: gthog61

I believe homosexuals decided to infiltrate the Republican Party after values voters and conservative Christians got involved in politics. They could either get “caught” and open the party up to charges of hypocrisy, or come out like Ken and say “See, I’m a Republican, too!”

Goes along with my pet conspiracy theory that the Bushes are really Dem moles sent to destroy the Republican Party from within.


50 posted on 08/25/2010 5:27:10 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX
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