HRC Head Now on Obama’s Team

Joe Solmonese becomes national co-chair of Obama campaign

Joe Solmonese (courtesy of HRC)

One thing we knew: HRC has been looking for a new executive director. One thing we didn’t expect: President Obama asked the outgoing executive director of HRC – Joe Solmonese – to become on of his national co-chairs. He’s taken on the post beside several other co-chairs announced today, including Caroline Kennedy and former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

HRC, for the record, already endorsed Obama for a second term (they did that last year). And when you hear other candidates like front runner Rick Santorum talk about ending pre-natal testing, the public school system and all the progress the gay rights movement has made, it’s really a no-brainer.

“President Obama has made it clear that LGBT Americans deserve a fair shot and has taken steps across his administration to make the lives of those most in need in our community better,” said Solmonese in a statement. “As a national co-chair, I am determined to do whatever I can do to help reelect President Obama so this progress can continue for our community.”