Earlier today, Bruce alerted me to this piece of good news from the gay and lesbian auxiliary of the Democratic National Committee Human Rights Campaign: Joe Solmonese is stepping down as president.
That said, the new leader shares the same left-wing pedigree as his soon-to-be predecessor:
Chad H. Griffin was appointed today as the next president of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, by the organization’s Board of Directors.
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The founding partner of strategic communications and campaign firm, Griffin|Schein, Griffin has taken on entrenched, well-financed interests like Big Tobacco, Big Oil and the far right, and shaped national policy debates around equal rights, clean energy, universal health care, stem cell research, and early childhood education. He has also led groundbreaking ballot initiative campaigns including the largest ballot initiative ever recorded, Proposition 87: California’s Clean Alternative Energy Initiative; the Proposition 10 campaign, which generates $600 million a year for early childhood education; and Proposition 71, which secured billions of dollars for stem cell research despite the Bush Administration ban.
An interesting choice, given the Republican House. Doesn’t look like he’ll be able to influence conservative legislators. Does seem that HRC is more interested in remaining part of the Obama coalition than in reaching out beyond its base.