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Chris Barron Steps Down As GOProud Chairman As Fallout From Perry Ad Continues

When Rick Perry came out with his recent anti-gay, pro-prayer-in-school ad, must of us thought it might unintentionally help bring down his campaign.No one imagined it would be responsible for the implosion of gay conservative group GOProud.

Chris Barron has announced he’s stepping down as GOPround’s chairman after the fallout from his and Jimmy LaSalvia’s outing Rick Perry’s pollster Tony Fabrizio—itself a reaction to the Perry ad.

Huffington Post founder Andrew Breitbart resigned from GOProud’s board over the outing, and Barron and LaSalvia actually released a joint statement condemning the practice.

“From the time this organization was founded we have been clear in our opposition to outing. We would never intentionally out anyone. However, in the case of Tony Fabrizio, top pollster and chief strategist for the Presidential campaign of Texas Governor Rick Perry, we did not believe there was any question about his sexual orientation…”

A group of gay Republicans are against revealing closeted fags? What a shocker.

Barron will continue as the organization’s Chief Strategist and I will remain on the Board as Chairman Emeritus. Lisa De Pasquale, the former director of Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), is filling in as an interim chair while a permanent replacement is found.

In a statement on the GOProud website, Barron claims his leaving has do to with the group’s expansion and restructuring, not any controversy. But when your organization is a house of cards, it’s only a matter of time before it collapses.