California-based media entrepreneur Andrew Breitbart became the latest high profile conservative to officially align with GOProud, a group that represents gay conservatives.
GOPround Board Chairman Christopher Barron announced Wednesday that Breitbart would join the group’s advisory council, calling him a “fearless, committed advocate for conservative principles.”
“Andrew Breitbart is one of the most influential voices in the conservative movement today,” Barron said. “We are thrilled to have him as part of the GOProud team.”
Breitbart joins anti-tax activist Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform, talk radio host Tammy Bruce and political strategist Margaret Hoover on the council.
GOProud has caused somewhat of a stir since its founding among social conservatives who reject the idea that a self-identifying gay organization can play a role in the conservative movement. For a second year in a row, GOProud has been accepted as an affiliate to the Conservative Political Action Conference — the highest level of sponsorship available — a decision that led groups like the Family Research Council and the National Organization for Marriage to boycott the annual conference completely.
GOProud made a splash in September when the group booked conservative pundit Ann Coulter to headline a party for supporters in New York City.
Barron and Jimmy LaSalvia founded GOProud in 2009 after leaving Log Cabin Republicans, another gay group that they say had abandoned conservative principles.