(NN&V Staff) – Today, GOProud, the only national organization of gay conservatives and their allies, announced that legendary Republican strategist Roger Stone is joining the organization’s Advisory Council. “Roger Stone is one of the most revolutionary, cutting edge political strategists in the country,” said Christopher Barron, Chairman of GOProud’s Board. “We are honored to have Roger join the GOProud leadership team.”
“I am a libertarian Republican in the Barry Goldwater mold and I believe deeply in personal freedom, equality and getting government out of the bedroom, which is why I am proud to serve in this capacity,” said Roger Stone.
Stone joins Margaret Hoover, Grover Norquist, Andrew Breitbart, Liz Mair, Chuck Muth, Lisa De Pasquale and Christian Josi on the GOProud Advisory Council.
Roger Stone is a legendary American Republican political consultant who has played a key role in the election of Republican presidents from Richard Nixon to Ronald Reagan to George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush.
Stone is credited with the public relations rehabilitation of President Richard M. Nixon after his resignation in 1974. Stone first worked for Nixon as Chairman of Connecticut Youth for Nixon/Agnew in 1968 and graduating to a position in Nixon’s 1972 reelection campaign which won 49 out of 50 states.
In 1976 Stone was named National Director of Youth for Reagan, a division of Governor Ronald Reagan’s 1976 Presidential campaign. In 1978, Stone co-founded the National Conservative Political Action Committee [NCPAC] where he is credited with developing the negative campaign into an art form and pioneering the use of negative campaign advertising which Mr. Stone calls “comparative, not negative.”
Starting in 1979, Stone served as Regional Political Director for Governor Reagan’s 1980 campaign for President handling New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, his native State. Stone became known for his expertise and strategies for motivating and winning ethnic and Catholic voters.
Stone went on to serve in the same capacity in Reagan’s 1984 reelection campaign adding responsibility for Pennsylvania and Ohio to the states Stone managed in 1980. He went on to serve as a Senior Consultant for California for President George H. W. Bush’s campaign.
In 2000 Stone is credited with the hard-ball tactics which resulted in closing down the Miami-Dade Presidential recount. Stone is credited in HBO’s recent movie, “Recount 2000” with fomenting the so-called “Brooks Brothers Riot” in which a Republican mob swarmed the recount demanding a shutdown while thousands of Cuban-Americans marched outside the Courthouse demanding the same thing.
Stone has worked for numerous Republican US Senators like Senator Arlen Specter as well as pro-American political parties in Eastern Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean. He is consulted regularly on communications and corporate and public relations strategy by fortune 500 ECO’s and pro-democracy foreign leaders.
Stone has been profiled in the Weekly Standard, The New Yorker, and the Miami Herald in 2007 and 2008. Mr. Stone has written for the New York Times Sunday Magazine, The New York Times Op Ed page and for Newsmax.com. He has appeared frequently on FOX News, NBC Nightly News, CNN, MSNBC, and the Today Show. Stone is the editor and publisher of STONEzone.com.
“Like GOProud, Roger Stone has always been willing to push the envelope and think outside the box. We look forward to taking full advantage of Roger’s innovative mind and unorthodox ideas to help continue to build our organization,” concluded Barron.