R. Clarke Cooper — the Executive Director of the National organization for gay and lesbian Republicans, the Log Cabin Republicans — has been tapped by the Republican National Committee to the party’s Finance Committee.
“I am honored to be a part of the Republican National Committee’s effort to advance a pro-growth, pro-free enterprise agenda, especially while working to elect and reelect pro-equality Republicans to office all across the country,” Cooper said in a statement, Wednesday. “Chairman Priebus has demonstrated that he believes inclusion wins and that our Party is strongest when we reach every community. I look forward to working within the Party to help ensure we are victorious next November.”
The Finance Committee is the RNC’s fundraising arm, and will play a key role in the 2012 election, where Republicans will try to unseat President Obama. Cooper is believed to be the first out gay member of the Finance Committee, and this move will likely elevate the visibility within the GOP of the Log Cabin Republicans, the 30-old Federal political action committee advocating for gay and lesbian Republicans.