Washington, D.C. -- Former 2004 Bush-Cheney campaign manager and chairman of the Republican National Committee, Ken Mehlman, has come out gay.
"It's taken me 43 years to get comfortable with this part of my life," Mehlman said in an interview with The Atlantic magazine. "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."
The high profile Republican, who was RNC chairman from 2005 to 2007, says he wants to become an gay marriage advocate and has been fundraising for the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), the group that supported the legal challenge to California's ballot initiative against gay marriage, Proposition 8.