Conservative leader Grover Norquist now on board of GOProud

Conservative leaders have been making pro-gay news of late. It’s not just Ted Olson. Grover Norquist reaffirmed his pro-gay cred by joining the Board of the newish, right-wing gay GOP group, via Dave Weigel:

Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform, has joined the advisory council of GOProud, the gay Republican group that recently — and unfortunately — drew attention when it was alternately derided and defended from the stage of CPAC. (The most notable critic, California activist Ryan Sorba, has unsuccessfully challenged GOP advisory board leader Tammy Bruce to a debate.)

In a statement going out later Tuesday, Norquist calls the group “an important part of the conservative movement.” No surprise there. Norquist has always made common cause with almost anyone on the right who’s fiscally conservative; his Wednesday meetings of the movement include representatives of social conservative groups who are at loggerheads with GOProud. Here you’ve got the fledgling gay group winning another seat at the table, and a leader of the conservative movement pulling the chair out for them.

Actually, anything pro-gay is not a surprise, but a real problem, for many conservatives and Republicans. Witness the House vote on DADT repeal. Only five GOPers voted yes for the watered down compromise. The rest, including Aaron Schock, voted no.


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