Take this for what it’s worth:
WASHINGTON — GOProud, the bombastic group for gay conservatives and their allies, is going to be going through some major changes in the coming months, as the two co-founders, executive director Jimmy LaSalvia and senior strategist Chris Barron, plan to step back from their day-to-day roles with the group as a new executive director is selected.
“It’s time. We don’t want it to get stale,” LaSalvia said, who along with Barron founded GOProud four years ago as a more conservative, grassroots alternative to the Log Cabin Republicans.
“The reason why GOProud has been so successful is because we have brought new ideas and new energy to the arena. At some point, what was the outside-the-box thinking all of the sudden becomes the box, and so now, that’s the way that GOProud does things. It’s our box. It seems crazy to everyone else, but, for us, it’s like standard operating procedure. It’s time for someone else to come in and shake things up,” Barron added.
GOProud often drives me nuts, but I will give them credit for “shaking things up,” especially in CPAC. And I’m glad to see that Chris Barron’s major regret during his tenure was apologizing for calling Cleta Mitchell a “nasty bigot.” She is, and you shouldn’t apologize for telling the truth, ever.