Top Republicans 'outed' by gay marriage

by Will Hall |

WASHINGTON (Christian Examiner) – More than 300 Republicans, many with ties to the Grand Old Party hierarchy as well as the campaigns of Mitt Romney, John McCain and Dick Cheney, have signed a friend of the court brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to legalize gay marriage when it considers the issue in a matter of weeks.

The list even includes names tied to George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan, and actor and movie producer Clint Eastwood signed the original document, but an amended list excludes his name.

Republicans with ties to front runners for the GOP presidential nomination have since signed on as well: Scott Walker's deputy campaign manager in 2011-2012, Dan Blum, added his name as did David Kochel, potential campaign manager for Jeb Bush in 2016.

However, Kochel, who now works for Bush's political action committee, subsequently told TIME he withdrew his name because in his role with the PAC, "I have decided not to sign advocacy petitions of any kind," he said.

But Ken Mehlman, who is gay, is leading the charge. His is the first signature and he is named in the actual title of the writ of certiorari. Mehlman was campaign manager for President Bush during his successful reelection in 2004, and chairman of the Republican Party from 2005-2007. But he did not publicly acknowledge his homosexuality until 2010.

The brief purports to represent true conservatism, claiming in the document that a conservative view sees that "marriage is strengthened, not undermined ... by providing access to civil marriage for same-sex couples." Indeed, the Boston Globe quotes Mehlman as saying "Supporting marriage equality is, in fact, the conservative position."

However, at least for the last three presidential election cycles, the Republican Party national platform has consistently argued against Mehlman's position and the claims presented in his namesake "conservative" amici curiae brief:

In 2004, when Mehlman was running President Bush's reelection campaign, the platform recognized "the importance of having in the home a father and a mother who are married. The two-parent family still provides the best environment of stability, discipline, responsibility, and character. We recognize that fathers play a critical role in providing stability for their children. Studies show that children are much more likely to do well in school and avoid crime and drugs when they have a responsible father in their lives. Promoting responsible fatherhood will have long-lasting benefits for families and for communities."

In 2008, shortly after he left the post of party chairman, the official Republican position, presumably shaped in part by the recently departed Mehlman, said "our children's future is best preserved within the traditional understanding of marriage" and called for a constitutional amendment "that fully protects marriage as a union of a man and a woman, so that judges cannot make other arrangements equivalent to it" and supported "the right of the people of the various states to affirm traditional marriage through state initiatives."

In 2012, during Mitt Romney's run for the White House, Republicans called an activist judiciary "perhaps even more dangerous than presidential malfeasance" and cited as a "blatant example" the "court-ordered redefinition of marriage in several States." This particular plank called such judicial legislating "an assault on the foundations of our society, challenging the institution which, for thousands of years in virtually every civilization, has been entrusted with the rearing of children and the transmission of cultural values." The policy statement also reaffirmed "marriage as the union of one man and one woman" and applauded states "which have enshrined in their constitutions the traditional concept of marriage."

Meanwhile, Mehlman and his confederates insist they are simply supporting these same conservative values in calling for the legalization of gay marriage.

"It is precisely because marriage is so important in producing and protecting strong and stable family structures," they write, "that amici do not agree that the government can rationally promote the goal of strengthening families by denying civil marriage to same-sex couples."

Original Signatories 2013:

Kenneth B. Mehlman, Chairman, Republican National Committee, 2005-2007

Tim Adams, Undersecretary of the Treasury for International Affairs, 2005-2007

Cliff S. Asness, Businessman, Philanthropist, and Author

David D. Aufhauser, General Counsel, Department of the Treasury, 2001-2003

Charles Bass, Member of Congress, 1995-2007 and 2011-2013

John B. Bellinger III, Legal Adviser to the Department of State, 2005-2009

Katie Biber, General Counsel, Romney for President, 2007-2008 and 2011-2012

Mary Bono Mack, Member of Congress, 1998-2013

William A. Burck, Deputy Staff Secretary, Special Counsel, and Deputy Counsel to the President, 2005- 2009

Alex Castellanos, Republican Media Advisor

Paul Cellucci, Governor of Massachusetts, 1997-2001, and Ambassador to Canada, 2001-2005

David C. Chavern, Business Association Executive

Mary Cheney, Director of Vice Presidential Operations, Bush-Cheney 2004, 2003-2004

Thomas J. Christensen, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, 2006-2008

Jim Cicconi, Assistant to the President and Deputy to the Chief of Staff, 1989-1990

James B. Comey, U.S. Deputy Attorney General, 2003- 2005

Jeff Cook-McCormac, Senior Advisor, American Unity PAC

R. Clarke Cooper, U.S. Alternative Representative, United Nations Security Council, 2007-2009

Julie Cram, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Public Liaison, 2007-2009

S.E. Cupp, Author and Political Commentator

Michele Davis, Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs and Director of Policy Planning, Department of the Treasury, 2006-2009

Tyler Deaton, Secretary, New Hampshire Young Republicans, 2011-Present

Alicia Davis Downs, Associate Political Director, White House, 2001-2003

Kenneth M. Duberstein, White House Chief of Staff and Assistant to the President, 1981-1984 and 1987- 1989

Janet Duprey, New York State Assemblywoman, 2007-Present

Clint Eastwood, Producer, Director, Actor, and Mayor of Carmel, California, 1986-1988

Christian J. Edwards, Special Assistant to the President and Director of Press Advance, 2005-2007

Lew Eisenberg, Finance Chairman, Republican National Committee, 2002-2004

Mark J. Ellis, State Chairman, Maine Republican Party, 2005-2006 and 2007-2009

Elizabeth Noyer Feld, Public Affairs Specialist, White House Office of Management and Budget, 1984-1987

Charles Freeman, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for China Affairs, 2002-2005

David Frum, Author and Special Assistant to the President, 2001-2002

Reed Galen, Director of Scheduling and Advance, Bush-Cheney 2004, 2003-2004

Richard Galen, Communications Director, Speaker's Political Office, 1996-1997

Mark Gerson, Chairman, Gerson Lehrman Group and Author of The Neoconservative Vision: From the Cold War to the Culture Wars and In the Classroom: Dispatches from an Inner-City School that Works

Benjamin Ginsberg, National Counsel, Bush-Cheney 2000 and 2004

Josh Ginsberg, National Field Director, Romney for President, 2007-2008

Juleanna Glover, Press Secretary to the Vice President, 2001-2002

John Goodwin, Chief of Staff to Raul Labrador, Member of Congress, 2011-2013

Adrian Gray, Director of Strategy, Republican National Committee, 2005-2007

Richard Grenell, Spokesman, U.S. Ambassadors to the United Nations, 2001-2008

Mark Grisanti, New York State Senator, 2011- Present

Patrick Guerriero, Mayor of Melrose, Massachusetts, and Member of Massachusetts House of Representatives, 1993-2001

Carlos Gutierrez, Secretary of Commerce, 2005-2009

Stephen Hadley, Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor, 2005-2009

Richard L. Hanna, Member of Congress, 2011-Present

Jill Hazelbaker, Communications Director, John McCain for President, 2007-2008

Israel Hernandez, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, 2005-2009

Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Director, Congressional Budget Office, 2003-2005

Margaret Hoover, Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, 2005-2006

Michael Huffington, Member of Congress, 1993-1995

Jon Huntsman, Governor of Utah, 2005-2009, and Ambassador to China, 2009-2011

David A. Javdan, General Counsel, U.S. Small Business Administration, 2002-2006

Reuben Jeffery, Undersecretary of State for Economic, Energy, and Agricultural Affairs, 2007-2009

Greg Jenkins, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Presidential Advance, 2003-2004

Coddy Johnson, National Field Director, Bush-Cheney 2004, 2003-2004

Gary Johnson, Governor of New Mexico, 1995-2003, and Libertarian Party Nominee for President, 2012

Nancy L. Johnson, Member of Congress, 1983-2007

Robert Kabel, Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, 1982-1985

Neel Kashkari, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, 2008-2009

Theodore W. Kassinger, Deputy Secretary of Commerce, 2004-2005

Jonathan Kislak, Deputy Undersecretary of Agriculture for Small Community and Rural Development, 1989-1991

David Kochel, Senior Iowa Advisor, Mitt Romney for President, 2007-2008 and 2011-2012

James Kolbe, Member of Congress, 1985-2007

Cyrus Krohn, eCampaign Director, Republican National Committee, 2007-2009

Jeffrey Kupfer, Chief of Staff and Acting Deputy Secretary, Department of Energy, 2006-2009

Ed Kutler, Assistant to the Speaker of the House, 1995-1997

Kathryn Lehman, Chief of Staff, House Republican Conference, 2003-2005

Thomas A. Little, Vermont State Representative, 1992-2002 and Chairman of the Vermont House Judiciary Committee, 1999-2002

Daniel S. Loeb, Businessman and Philanthropist

Alex Lundry, Director of Data Science, Romney for President, 2012

N. Greg Mankiw, Chairman, Council of Economic Advisers, 2003-2005

Catherine Martin, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Communications Director for Policy and Planning, 2005-2007

Kevin Martin, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission, 2005-2009

David McCormick, Undersecretary of the Treasury for International Affairs, 2007-2009

Mark McKinnon, Republican Media Advisor

Aaron McLear, Press Secretary to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, 2007-2011

Bruce P. Mehlman, Assistant Secretary of Commerce, 2001-2003

Susan Molinari, Member of Congress, 1990-1997

Connie Morella, Member of Congress, 1987-2003, and U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, 2003-2007

Michael E. Murphy, Republican Political Consultant

Beth Myers, Romney for President Campaign Manager, 2007-2008 and Senior Advisor, 2011-2012

Michael Napolitano, White House Office of Political Affairs, 2001-2003

Ana Navarro, National Hispanic Co-Chair, John McCain for President, 2008

Susan Neely, Special Assistant to the President, 2001- 2002

Noam Neusner, Special Assistant to the President for Economic Speechwriting, 2002-2005

B.J. Nikkel, Colorado State Representative and Majority Whip, 2009-2012, and District Director for Marilyn Musgrave, Member of Congress, 2002-2006

Meghan O'Sullivan, Deputy National Security Advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan, 2005-2007

Richard Painter, Associate Counsel to the President, 2005-2007

Ruth Ann Petroff, Wyoming State Representative, 2011-Present

Nancy Pfotenhauer, Regulatory Advisor, Romney for President, 2008, and Economist, Presidential Transition Team, 1988

Gregg Pitts, Director, White House Travel Office, 2006-2009

J. Stanley Pottinger, Assistant U.S. Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, 1973-1977

Michael Powell, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission, 2001-2005

Larry Pressler, U.S. Senator from South Dakota, 1979-1997, and Member of Congress, 1975-1979

Deborah Pryce, Member of Congress, 1993-2009

John Reagan, New Hampshire State Senator, 2012- Present Luis Reyes, Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Assistant to the President, 2006-2009

Tom Ridge, Governor of Pennsylvania, 1995-2001, and Secretary of Homeland Security, 2003-2005

Mark A. Robbins, General Counsel, U.S. Office of Personnel Management, 2001-2006

Kelley Robertson, Chief of Staff, Republican National Committee, 2005-2007

Brian Roehrkasse, Director of Public Affairs, Department of Justice, 2007-2009

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Member of Congress, 1989- Present

Harvey S. Rosen, Chairman and Member, Council of Economic Advisers, 2003-2005

Lee Rudofsky, Deputy General Counsel, Romney for President, 2012

Patrick Ruffini, eCampaign Director, Republican National Committee, 2005-2007

Corry Schiermeyer, Director for Global Communications, National Security Council, 2005-2007

Steve Schmidt, Deputy Assistant to the President and Counselor to the Vice President, 2004-2006, and Senior Advisor, John McCain for President, 2008

Adam Schroadter, New Hampshire State Representative, 2010-Present

Christopher Shays, Member of Congress, 1987-2009

Faryar Shirzad, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs, 2004-2006

Ken Spain, Communications Director, National Republican Congressional Committee, 2009-2010

Robert Steel, Undersecretary of the Treasury for Domestic Finance, 2006-2008

Nancy Stiles, New Hampshire State Senator, 2010- Present

David Stockman, Director, Office of Management and Budget, 1981-1985

Jane Swift, Governor of Massachusetts, 2001-2003

Richard Tisei, Massachusetts State Senator 1991-2011, and Senate Minority Leader 2007-2011

Michael E. Toner, Chairman and Commissioner, Federal Election Commission, 2002-2007

Frances Fragos Townsend, Homeland Security Advisor to the President, 2004-2008

Michael Turk, eCampaign Director for Bush-Cheney 2004, 2003-2004

John Ullyot, Communications Director, U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, 2003-2007

Sally A. Vastola, Executive Director, National Republican Congressional Committee, 2003-2006

Jacob P. Wagner, Chairman, New Hampshire Federation of College Republicans, 2012-Present

Mark Wallace, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Representative for UN Management and Reform, 2006-2008

Nicolle Wallace, Assistant to the President and White House Communications Director, 2005-2008

William F. Weld, Governor of Massachusetts, 1991- 1997, and Assistant U.S. Attorney General, Criminal Division, 1986-1988

Christine Todd Whitman, Governor of New Jersey, 1994-2001, and Administrator of the EPA, 2001-2003

Meg Whitman, Republican Nominee for Governor of California, 2010

Robert Wickers, Republican Political Consultant

Paul Wolfowitz, Deputy Secretary of Defense, 2001- 2005, and President of the World Bank Group, 2005- 2007

Dan Zwonitzer, Wyoming State Representative, 2005- present

2015 Revisions:

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William A. Burck, Deputy Staff Secretary, Special Counsel, and Deputy Counsel to the President, 2005- 2009

Paul Cellucci, Governor of Massachusetts, 1997-2001, and Ambassador to Canada, 2001-2005

James B. Comey, U.S. Deputy Attorney General, 2003- 2005

Clint Eastwood, Producer, Director, Actor, and Mayor of Carmel, California, 1986-1988

Lew Eisenberg, Finance Chairman, Republican National Committee, 2002-2004

Charles Freeman, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for China Affairs, 2002-2005

David Frum, Author and Special Assistant to the President, 2001-2002

Benjamin Ginsberg, National Counsel, Bush-Cheney 2000 and 2004

Juleanna Glover, Press Secretary to the Vice President, 2001-2002

Jill Hazelbaker, Communications Director, John McCain for President, 2007-2008

Greg Jenkins, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Presidential Advance, 2003-2004

David Kochel, Senior Iowa Advisor, Mitt Romney for President, 2007-2008 and 2011-2012

Cyrus Krohn, eCampaign Director, Republican National Committee, 2007-2009

Harvey S. Rosen, Chairman and Member, Council of Economic Advisers, 2003-2005

Nancy Stiles, New Hampshire State Senator, 2010- Present

David Stockman, Director, Office of Management and Budget, 1981-1985

Jacob P. Wagner, Chairman, New Hampshire Federation of College Republicans, 2012-Present

Christine Todd Whitman, Governor of New Jersey, 1994-2001, and Administrator of the EPA, 2001-2003

Robert Wickers, Republican Political Consultant

ADDED

Daniel J. Acciavatti, Member of the Michigan House of Representatives, 32nd District, 2003-2008

Abe Adams, Deputy Digital Director, Romney-Ryan 2012

Sarah Anderson, Communications and Research Director for the Michigan Republican Party, 2005-2007

Todd Anderson, Chief of Staff to the Republican Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives, 2001-2004

Gregory T. Angelo, Executive Director, Log Cabin Republicans

Joshua Baca, National Coalitions Director, Romney for President 2012, and Former Congressional Staff Member to Representative Heather Wilson

Doug Badger, Executive Director, Oregon Bush-Cheney 2004, and Chief of Staff, U.S. Congresswoman Jennifer Dunn

John Bailey, Policy Director, Bush-Cheney 2004, and Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy, 2007-2009

Charlie Baker, Governor of Massachusetts, 2015-Present

Melissa Hall Davis Balough, Energy and Environment Policy Director, Romney for President, 2007-2008

Lyn Bankes, Member of the Michigan House of Representatives, 19th District, 1985-1998

William E. "Bill" Baroni, Jr., New Jersey State Assemblyman, 2004-2008, New Jersey State Senator, 2008-2010, and Of Counsel at Hill Wallack LLP

Michael James Barton, Deputy Director of the Middle East Policy Office, Pentagon, 2006-2009, and Homeland Security Council Member, White House, 2003-2006

Glynda A. Becker, Associate Director, White House Office of Political Affairs, 2003-2006, and Environmental and Energy Specialist, U.S. Department of Commerce, 2002-2003

Rich Beeson, Political Director, Romney for President, 2011-2012, Political Director, Republican National Committee, 2007-2008

Troy Benavidez, Presidential Advisory Council on HIV AIDs, 2006-2009

Crystal Benton, Former Press Secretary to Senator John McCain and Deputy Communications Director for John McCain for President, 2008

Juliana Bergeron, New Hampshire Republican National Committeewoman, 2012-Present

Elliot S. Berke, Counsel, Office of the Speaker, 2006, General Counsel, Office of the Majority Leader, 2004-2006, and Special Counsel, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, 2002-2004

Jeff Berkowitz, Research Director, Republican National Committee, 2009-2010, and White House Associate Director of Scheduling-Research, 2005-2006

Jon Berrier, Communications and Political Affairs Coordinator, The White House, Office of the Vice President, 2005-2006

Michael Beylkin, Attorney at Law, Colorado

David E. Black, National Finance Team, Huntsman for President, 2011-2012, and Press Advance Lead, Romney for President, 2012

Dan G. Blair, Deputy Director, U.S. Office of Personnel Management, 2002-2006 (Acting Director, 2005), and Commissioner, Postal Regulatory Commission, 2006-2011 (Chair, 2006-2009)

Dan Blum, Deputy Campaign Manager, Scott Walker for Governor, 2011-2012, and Senior Research Analyst, Republican National Committee, 2007-2009

Tucker Bounds, National Spokesman, John McCain for President, 2008

Pat Brady, Chairman, Illinois GOP, 2009-2013

John M. Bridgeland, Director, White House Domestic Policy Council, 2001-2002, and Assistant to the President and Director, U.S.A. Freedom Corps, 2002-2004

Eric Brinker, Businessman and Philanthropist

Nancy Brinker, Ambassador to Hungary, 2001-2003, and Chief of Protocol for the United States, 2007-2008

Neil R. Brown, Senior Professional Staff Member, Republican Staff, United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee, 2005-2013

Bill Brownson, National Board Chair, Log Cabin Republicans, 2003-2006

Brooks Brunson, Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff, House Republican Conference, 2003-2005

Sean Cairncross, Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel, National Republican Senatorial Committee, 2009-2013, and Chief Counsel, Republican National Committee, 2007-2009

Sally Canfield, Policy Director, Romney for President, 2006-2008, and Deputy Chief of Staff, Senator Marco Rubio, 2011-2015

Dan Centinello, Deputy National Political Director, Mitt Romney for President, 2011-2012, and Statewide Field Director, Chris Christie for Governor, 2009

Harry W. Clark, Counselor to Ambassador Robert B. Zoellick and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, 2003-2004, and Senior Adviser to the Albright Stonebridge Group

Gus Coldebella, Acting General Counsel, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 2007-2009, and Deputy General Counsel, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 2005-2007

Susan M. Collins, U.S. Senator for Maine, 1997-Present

Mike Cox, Attorney General of Michigan, 2003-2011

Sara Craig, Iowa State Director, Romney for President, 2011-2012, and Virginia State Manager, Romney for President, 2012

Julie Cram, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Public Liaison, 2007-2009

Tom Cross, Illinois State Representative, 1993-2015, and Minority Leader of the Illinois House of Representatives, 2002-2013

Carlos Curbelo, Member of Congress

Kevin Curran, Associate Director of Presidential Personnel, White House, 2006-2009

John C. Danforth, United States Senator, 1976-1995, and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, 2004-2005

Michael P. Davidson, Bush-Cheney 2004, and NonProfit CEO, 2008-Present

Vincent DeVito, General Counsel, Massachusetts Republican Party, 2007-2013, Chief Legal Counsel, The Baker Committee, 2013-2014, and Former U.S. Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs (Acting)

Bob Dold, Member of Congress, 2011-2013 and 2015-Present

Ben Domenech, Publisher of The Federalist, and Speechwriter for Secretary Tommy Thompson, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2003-2004

David Doyle, Chairman, Michigan Republican Party, 1991-1995

James C. Dozier, Republican Political Strategist and Advisor

Leon Drolet, Member of Michigan House of Representatives, 2001-2006

Christine Dudley, Executive Director, Illinois Republican Party, 1993-1999, Regional Political Director, Republican National Committee, 1999-2002, and Political, Public, and Government Affairs Consultant, 2002-2014

Sean Duffy, Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications, Colorado Governor Bill Owens, 2001-2005

Jamie Ensley, Chairman of the Board, Log Cabin Republicans, 2015-Present

Rob Epplin, Legislative Director, U.S. Senator Susan Collins, 2008-2012, and U.S. Senator Gordon Smith, 1997-2008

Cary Evans, Senior Field Advisor, Rudy Giuliani for President, 2007-2008, Regional Political Director, Republican National Committee, 2005-2007, and Regional Political Director, Bush-Cheney 2004, 2003-2004

Mason Fink, Finance Director, Romney for President, 2012

Kirk Fordham, Republican Congressional Chief of Staff, 1995-2006

Carl Forti, Deputy Campaign Manager and Political Director, Romney for President 2007-2008

Jill Hazelbaker Franks, Communications Director, John McCain for President, 2007-2008

Edward J. Gaffney, Jr., Esquire, Member of Michigan House of Representatives, 2002-2008

Kathryn E. Gage, Deputy Campaign Manager, Romney for President 2012

Jenny Gaynor, Deputy Chief of Staff, Republican National Committee, 2005-2007, and Director of Correspondence, Bush-Cheney 2004

William C. T. Gaynor II, Associate Director Office of Business Liaison, Department of Commerce, 2001-2003, and Western Regional Finance Director, Bush-Cheney 2004

Chris Gibson, Member of Congress, 2011-Present

Rudolph W. Giuliani, Mayor of the City of New York, 1994-2001, United States Attorney, Southern District of New York, 1983-1989, and Associate Attorney General of the United States, 1981-1983

James K. Glassman, Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, 2008-2009

Chris Gober, Deputy Counsel, Republican National Committee, 2006-2007, and General Counsel, National Republican Senatorial Committee, 2007-2008

Patricia Godchaux, Member of the Michigan House of Representatives, 40th District, 1997-2002

Gabriel E. Gomez, U.S. Senate Candidate, 2013

Adam Gordon, Former Deputy District Attorney, San Diego County District Attorney's Office, 2009-2014

Jennifer Gratz, Founder, XIV Foundation, and Executive Director, Michigan Civil Rights Initiative

Susan Grimes Gilbert, Member of the Michigan House of Representatives, 1987-1996

Joseph A. Grundfest, Commissioner, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, 1985-1990

Chris Gulugian-Taylor, Director, Gubernatorial Campaigns and Statewide Organizations, Targeted Victory, 2011-Present

Brian Haley, Deputy Finance Director, John McCain for President, 2008, and Finance Director, Tim Pawlenty for President, 2012

Jon Henke, New Media Advisor, Senate Republican Leadership Communications Office, 2007

Jerri Ann Henry, Campaign Manager, Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry, 2015

David G. Herro, Businessman and Philanthropist

Dawson Hodgson, Member, Rhode Island Senate, 2011-2015

Rachel Hoff, Director of Defense Analysis, American Action Forum, 2015, and D.C. National Committeewoman, Young Republicans, 2006-2009

Dave Honigman, Former Member of the Michigan Senate, and Former Member of the Michigan House of Representatives

Bob Inglis, U.S. Representative, South Carolina, 1993-1999 and 2005-2011

Susan Jandernoa, Board Member Appointee, State of Michigan Health Endowment

Michael Jandernoa, Board Member, Business Leaders for Michigan

Rick Johnson, Former Member of the Michigan House of Representatives, and Former Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives, 2001-2004

Brian Jones, Senior Advisor, Romney for President, 2012, and Communications Director, McCain for President, 2008

Brian W. Jones, General Counsel, U.S. Department of Education, 2001-2005

Jennifer Jones, Republican Strategist

Elise Jordan, Director for Communications, National Security Council, 2007-2008

Ron Kaufman, Senior Advisor, Romney for President, 2012, and Assistant to the President for Political Affairs and White House Political Director for President George H. W. Bush

Jason Kauppi, Press Secretary, Office of the Governor of Massachusetts, 2001

Loren Kaye, Deputy Cabinet Secretary, Governor George Deukmejian, 1986-1991, and Cabinet Secretary and Trade and Commerce Under Secretary, Governor Pete Wilson, 1991-1996

Chrysovalantis Kefalas, Deputy Counsel to Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., 2004-2007

Mark Steven Kirk, U.S. Senator for Illinois, 2010-Present, and U.S. Representative to Congress for Illinois, 10th District, 2001-2010

David H. Koch, Philanthropist

Wade Lairsen, Associate Director, White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, 2007-2008

David Langdon, Special Assistant to the Chairman, Republican National Committee, 2004-2007, and Special Assistant to the Governor, Romney for President 2008

James C. Langdon III, Office of the Chief of Staff, Executive Assistant to both Special Assistants to the President for Policy, 2005-2007

Kory A. Langhofer, Associate Counsel, Romney for President, 2012, and Assistant United States Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, 2009-2011

Steven C. LaTourette, U.S. Representative, 1995-2013

Frank Lavin, Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade, 2005-2007, U.S. Ambassador to Singapore, 2001-2005, and Director, White House Office of Political Affairs, 1987-1989

Rick Lazio, Member of Congress, 1993-2001

Rek LeCounte, Young Conservative Leadership Committee, 2014-Present

Simone Ledeen, Defense Fellow, 2004-2009

Eli Lehrer, Speechwriter to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, 2004-2007

Andrew J.P. Levy, Deputy General Counsel, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 2006-2009

Joseph J. Lhota, Republican Nominee for Mayor, The City of New York, 2013

Mathew L. Lira, Republican Strategist

Thomas A. Little, Vermont State Representative, 1992-2002 and Chairman of the Vermont House Judiciary Committee, 1999-2000

Sarah Longwell, Vice-Chair, Log Cabin Republicans, 2011-Present

Eduardo J. Lopez-Reyes, National Vice Chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus, 2011-Present

Richard N. Lorenc, Chief Operating Officer, Foundation for Economic Education, 2013-Present

Paul Makarechian, Bush-Cheney 2004, and Business Executive

Liz Mair, Online Communications Director and Spokeswoman, Republican National Committee, 2008, and Online Communications Strategist for Carly Fiorina, Rick Perry, Scott Walker, and Rand Paul

Christopher Maloney, Ohio Communications Director and Spokesman, Romney for President, 2012

Adele Malpass, Chairwoman of Manhattan Republican Party

Dana Edwards Manatos, Associate Director of Public Liaison, White House, 2005-2007

Meghan McCain, Political Commentator

Lauren McCann, Board Member, Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry, 2015

Stanley A. McChrystal, Four-Star General, United States Army, 1976-2010

Brent McGoldrick, Director of Advertising Analytics, Romney for President 2012

Michael McHugh, Legislative Staff, Senator Gordon Smith, 2006-2008, and Political Consultant

Richard D. McLellan, Political Strategist and Policy Advisor

T. Vance McMahan, U.S. Ambassador, United Nations Economic and Social Council, 2008-2009

Greg McNeilly, Executive Director, Michigan Republican Party, 2003-2005

Joe Megyesy, Communications Director, Congressman Mike Coffman, 2011-2012, and Press Secretary, Colorado Senate Republicans, 2006-2009

J. Frank Mermoud, Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs, U.S. Department of State, 2002-2009

Dan Meyers, Republican National Committee, 2006

William Milliken, Governor of Michigan, 1969-1983

Zac Moffatt, Digital Director, Romney for President 2012, and Political Education Director, Republican National Committee, 2007-2008

Keith Molin, Former Director Michigan Department of Labor, 1975-1977, and Former Director Michigan Department of Commerce, 1977-1979

James L. Morgan III, Deputy Political Director, Republican National Committee, 1988-89, Deputy Political Director, Bush for President, 1987-1988, and Executive Director, Georgia Republican Party, 1984-1986

Andrew Moylan, Executive Director, R Street Institute, 2012-Present

James Murray, Deputy Chief of Staff to Michigan Speaker Rick Johnson, 1990-2005

David Karl Myers, Vice-Chair of the Howard County Republican Party in Maryland, and Alternate Delegate to the Republican National Party, 2012

Jennifer A. Nassour, Chair, Conservative Women for a Better Future, 2011-Present, and Chair, Massachusetts Republican Party, 2009-2011

Nicole Neily, Board Member, Alumni for Liberty

Jill E. Neunaber, Iowa State Director, Romney for President, 2012

Mina Nguyen, Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Treasury, 2006-2007

Cristyne L. Nicholas, Communications Director, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, 1993-1999

Mario Nicolais, Senior Research Analyst, Rudy Giuliani for President, 2007-2008, Republican Commissioner, Colorado Reapportionment Commission, 2011, and Spokesman, Coloradans for Freedom, 2012-2014

Marco Nunez, Deputy Regional Political Director for the Western Region, Republican National Committee, and Oregon Field Staff, Bush-Cheney 2004

Robert O'Connor, Staff Director, Committee on Homeland Security, U.S. House of Representatives, 2005-2010

Chuck Perricone, Former Member of the Michigan House of Representatives, and Former Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives, 61st District

Mark J. Perry, Scholar at The American Enterprise Institute, 2009-Present

Patrick Phillippi, Office of the Chairman, Republican National Committee, 2002-2003

Alex Pisciarino, Research Analyst, Club for Growth, 2013-Present

Karyn Polito, Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, 2015-Present

Sarah Pompei, Communications Director, House of Representatives, Majority Whip's Office, 2011-2012, and Deputy Communications Director, Romney for President, 2012

Marge Byington Potter, Former Chairperson, Kent County Board of Commissioners

Paul W. Potter, Chairman, Kent County Veterans Services Committee, and Former Chairman, City of Grand Rapids Planning Commission

John Field Reichardt, Republican Activist and Businessman

Blain Rethmeier, Special Assistant to the President for Communications, White House, 2006-2007, and Press Secretary, Senate Judiciary Committee, 2005-2006

Thomas M. Reynolds, Member of Congress, 1999-2009

James Richardson, Spokesman for the Republican National Committee, and Spokesman for Governors Haley Barbour and Jon Huntsman

Joseph D. Rodota, Cabinet Secretary and Deputy Chief of Staff, Governor Pete Wilson, 1993-1998

Harvey S. Rosen, Member, Council of Economic Advisers, 2003-2005, and Chairman, Council of Economic Advisers, 2005

Richard J. Ross, Massachusetts State Senator, 2010-Present

Patrick Sammon, President, Log Cabin Republicans, 2006-2009

Matthew T. Sanderson, Republican Campaign Attorney

Andrea Saul, Press Secretary, Romney for President, 2012

Skip Saviano, Member of Illinois House of Representatives, 1993-2013

Teresa R. Sayward, Former New York State Assembly Member, 2003-2012

John J. H. Schwarz, M.D., Member of Congress, 2005-2007

George Scoville III, Independent Consultant

Judith L. Scranton, Member of the Michigan House of Representatives, 66th District, 1997-2002

Joan Secchia, Former Trustee, Aquinas College

Peter Secchia, Former U.S. Ambassador to Italy, and Former National Committeeman, Republican National Committee

Torrey Shearer, Advisor, American Unity PAC, 2013-Present

Erin Sheley, Former Deputy Director, Federalist Society Faculty Division, 2008-2010

Lindsay Shuba, Member, Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry, 2015

Tammy Simmons, New Hampshire State Representative

Alan K. Simpson, United States Senator, 1979-1997, and Senate Republican Whip, 1985-1995

Christopher Potter Stewart, General Consultant, Dan Innis for Congress, 2013-2015

Sarah Crawford Stewart, Senior Advisor, Huntsman for President, 2011-2012, and New Hampshire Campaign Manager, Pawlenty for President, 2010-2011

Matt Stolhandske, Senior Research and Teaching Fellow, David Rockefeller Center, Harvard University

Candace L. Straight, Former Co-Chair of New Jersey Republican Party State Committee, 2003-2004

Jay Timmons, Executive Director, National Republican Senatorial Committee, 2003-2005, and Chief of Staff to the Hon. George Allen, 1991-2003

Bryan N. Tramont, Chief of Staff, Federal Communications Commission, 2003-2005, and Senior Legal Advisor, Federal Communications Commission, 2000-2003

Jeff Trandahl, Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1998-2005

Ann M. Veneman, United States Secretary of Agriculture, 2001-2005

Nina Verghese, FormerCoalitions Director, Governor Huntsman for President, and Deputy Regional Political Director, Republican National Committee, 2007-2008

Jerry Vorva, J.D., Former Michigan State Representative, 20th District

Alexandra Vuksich, Director of Special Projects, Office of the Governor of California, 1991-1998

Chris Ward, Former Majority Floor Leader, Michigan House of Representatives

Michael Wascom, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Transportation for Governmental Affairs, Department of Transportation, 2004-2005

Richard Westfall, Solicitor General of Colorado, 1996-1999

August L. Wolf, Businessman and U.S. Olympian 1984

Julie Myers Wood, Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 2006-2008

Jay S. Zeidman, Office of Public Liaison, White House 2005-2007