On Friday, former Republican National Committee Chair Ken Mehlman said he regrets his role in President George W. Bush’s reelection and anti-same-sex marriage campaign.
Once Bush’s 2004 reelection campaign manager, Mehlman has been fighting for equality since coming out in 2010. Since then, he has been active in the recent same-sex marriage victories in Maryland, New Hampshire and New York. He also worked with newly appointed HRC president Chad Griffin and the American Foundation for Equal Rights in their efforts to overturn California’s Proposition 8.
He only wishes he had spoken out sooner.
“As I’ve been involved in the fight for marriage equality,” Mehlman told Salon.com, “one of the things I’ve learned is how many people were harmed by the campaigns in which I was involved. I apologize to them and tell them I am sorry. While there have been recent victories, this could still be a long struggle in which there will be setbacks, and I’ll do my part to be helpful.”