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No big media splash as Republican leader Ken Mehlman reveals he's gay

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(Read caption) Ken Mehlman, then-chairman of the Republican National Committee, addresses the RNC state chairmen's meeting in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in this May 4, 2006 file photo.

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Republican leader Ken Mehlman’s announcement that he is gay may have come as a surprise to some of the party faithful, but, in keeping with usual journalistic practices, the mainstream media's coverage has been subdued.

Links to Mr. Mehlman’s past statements about homosexuality are one notable feature of the coverage.

Organized and unfailingly on message, Mehlman served as George W. Bush’s campaign manager in the 2004 election and then was chairman of the Republican National Committee. The Harvard Law School graduate is the highest ranking Republican Party official to say he is gay. He made the disclosure in an interview with Marc Ambinder of The Atlantic and later gave phone interviews to Politico’s Mike Allen and Jake Tapper of ABC News.

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