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Grover Norquist joins GOProud

Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform, has joined the advisory council of GOProud, the gay Republican group that recently -- and unfortunately -- drew attention when it was alternately derided and defended from the stage of CPAC. (The most notable critic, California activist Ryan Sorba, has unsuccessfully challenged GOP advisory board leader Tammy Bruce to a debate.)

In a statement going out later Tuesday, Norquist calls the group "an important part of the conservative movement." No surprise there. Norquist has always made common cause with almost anyone on the right who's fiscally conservative; his Wednesday meetings of the movement include representatives of social conservative groups who are at loggerheads with GOProud. Here you've got the fledgling gay group winning another seat at the table, and a leader of the conservative movement pulling the chair out for them.

Also joining the board: Margaret Hoover, a pundit and veteran of the George W. Bush administration, and the great-granddaughter of President Herbert Hoover. The statement:

Today, GOProud, the only national organization of gay conservatives and their allies, announced that conservative leader Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform, and Fox News contributor Margaret Hoover are joining the GOProud Advisory Council. “Grover Norquist and Margaret Hoover are two of the most respected names in the conservative movement,” said Christopher Barron, Chairman of GOProud’s Board. “We are honored to have them as part of the GOProud team.”

“GOProud is an important part of the conservative movement,” said Norquist. “I am proud to join GOProud’s Board of Advisors and to help in advancing their common-sense conservative agenda of limited government, lower taxes and individual liberty.”

Grover Norquist is one of the most important conservative leaders in the country. He is president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), a taxpayer advocacy group he founded in 1985 at President Reagan’s request. ATR is a coalition of taxpayer groups, individuals and businesses opposed to higher taxes at the federal, state and local levels. ATR organizes the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which asks all candidates for federal and state office to commit themselves in writing to oppose all tax increases.

Norquist chairs the Washington, DC - based “Wednesday Meeting,” a weekly gathering of more than 150 elected officials, political activists, and movement leaders. The meeting started in 1993 and takes place in ATR's conference room. There are now 61 similar "center-right" meetings in 46 states.

He lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Samah and his daughters, Grace and Giselle.

Grover’s complete bio can be found here

“I share GOProud’s commitment to core conservative values. GOProud has proven itself to be a powerful voice for gay conservatives and their straight allies,” said Hoover. “I am pleased to be joining their Board of Advisors and look forward to working to advance their critical mission.”

Margaret Hoover is a television and radio commentator on issues ranging from American politics to pop-culture. A Fox News Contributor, she has guest co-hosted The View on ABC, and has appeared on NBC, CBS, PBS and CNN.

In on-air appearances and speeches, she has become known as an advocate for reforming the Republican Party through renewed emphasis on the conservative principles of individual freedom, fiscal responsibility and strong national defense.

Ms. Hoover held a White House appointment in the Bush Administration where she served as the Associate Director in the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. A veteran of two Presidential efforts, Ms. Hoover worked on President Bush’s re-election campaign and for Rudy Giuliani’s presidential bid.

Ms. Hoover recently joined the Advisory Board of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, the organization leading the fight for marriage equality through the groundbreaking federal court case to overturn California's Proposition 8.

She lives in New York City with her husband John Avlon.

Margaret’s full bio can be found here

Norquist and Hoover join Fox News analyst and national conservative radio talk show host Tammy Bruce on GOProud’s Advisory Council. Bruce serves as Chair of the Advisory Council.

By David Weigel  |  June 15, 2010; 10:57 AM ET
Categories:  Conservatives , Gay  
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