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LGBT political types 'outed' for their clout

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Yeas and Nays,Politics,Nikki Schwab

This week, Out magazine released its annual Power List naming the 50 most influential members of the LGBT community. Washington was, of course, represented, first with Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis. She made the list at No. 9, while Reps. Mark Takano, D-Calif., David Cicilline, D-R.I., and Jared Polis, D-Colo., came in collectively at No. 15.

Chad Griffin, who heads the D.C.-based Human Rights Campaign, was No. 16, while White House Social Secretary Jeremy Bernard  — the first man to hold the job — came in at No. 33.

Ken Mehlman, who was the 2004 campaign manager for President George W. Bush, came out of the closet in 2010 and is now one of the most prominent Republicans involved in the gay marriage fight. He's on the list at No. 32.

Political media types also made it, including Washingtonian-turned-New Yorker Andrew Sullivan at No. 24, New Republic owner Chris Hughes at No. 11 and MSNBC host Rachel Maddow at No. 4.

And then there were more controversial media picks, including No. 21 Matt Drudge, of the Drudge Report, and No. 8 Shepard Smith, of Fox News, neither of whom are "out."

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