By Rachel Weiner, The Washington Post
In an interview with Salon, the chairman of President Bushâ€™s 2004 reelection campaign says he personally apologizes to people who â€œwere harmed by the campaigns in which I was involved.â€
Ken Mehlman came out as gay in 2010.
At the time, he expressed regret that he didnâ€™t push back against the Bush campaignâ€™s support for a federal anti-gay marriage amendment and anti-gay marriage initiatives on state ballots.
â€œI can’t change the fact that I wasnâ€™t in this place personally when I was in politics, and I genuinely regret that. It was very hard, personally,â€ he said
Now heâ€™s gone a step further:
â€œAt a personal level, I wish I had spoken out against the effort,â€ Mehlman said. â€œAs Iâ€™ve been involved in the fight for marriage equality, one of the things Iâ€™ve learned is how many people were harmed by the campaigns in which I was involved. I apologize to them and tell them I am sorry. While there have been recent victories, this could still be a long struggle in which there will be setbacks, and Iâ€™ll do my part to be helpful.â€
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