August 27, 2010 at 1:47 pm EDT | by Chris Johnson
GOProud talking to Mehlman about role?

Newly out former Republican National Committee chair Ken Mehlman has
talked with a gay conservative group about possibly taking on a role
in the organization.

Jimmy LaSalvia, executive director of GOProud, said the organization
recently talked with Mehlman, but declined to elaborate on the nature
of their discussions. When asked if GOProud had offered Mehlman a
position on its board, LaSalvia declined to comment. He also declined
to say whether GOProud has offered Mehlman a speaking role at the
upcoming HomoCon convention in New York.

Mehlman came out as gay in an interview with the Atlantic on Wednesday.

“We’ve talked to him,” LaSalvia said. “He’s certainly engaging with
the community as evidenced from the fundraiser that he’s doing for the
Ted Olson case.”

LaSalvia was referring to the upcoming fundraiser that Mehlman
reportedly agreed to take part in for the American Foundation for
Equal Rights, the organization responsible for the federal lawsuit
against Proposition 8 in California.

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson attends the daily White House press briefings and is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

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