After the fallout from the outing episode surrounding Rick Perry’s campaign strategist, the GOProud Board has decided it’s time for a change at the top. Christopher Barron has been removed from GOProud’s Chairman position and will be replaced by Lisa De Pasquale, the former head of CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference). Barron will remain with the organization as a board member while Jimmy LaSalvia will continue in his role as Executive Director.
GOProud’s Board had issued a statement earlier in the week concerning the outing controversy.
On behalf of the GOProud Board and its members and supporters, we want to make it very clear that “outing” a gay or lesbian individual is wrong and should never be used as a political weapon.
Private lives should remain just that — private. The right to disclose one’s sexual orientation belongs solely to each individual. We will continue to oppose “outing” as it has never advanced a political cause but only hurts individuals and their families.
We strongly regret the events of this week. Gay Patriot
Whatever excuse GOProud’s Board is using to explain the removal of Chris Barron, the change is a needed one. The organization has to effectively confront the controversy of this regrettable episode and its subsequent PR nightmare by taking strong affirmative action.
I was more than willing, at least initially, to believe that the outing was unintentional. But the subsequent public statement issued by Chris Barron and Jimmy LaSalvia defending their non-outing outing was indicative of immature and politically naive leadership.