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Republican, Anti-Abortion Gay Man to Head Expanded White House AIDS Office

Despite February’s political faux pas by White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, the White House AIDS office will remain open and the Bush Administration has restructured the office to include staff from the State Department and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), focusing the mission of the office on the international AIDS crisis, particularly in Africa. Selected to head the office is gay Republican Scott Evertz, president of the Wisconsin Log Cabin Republicans and former volunteer for Tommy Thompson’s 1986 campaign for Wisconsin governor. Evertz, a fundraising executive for a faith-based senior citizen’s program, the Wisconsin anti-abortion Right to Life group, and the Catholic AIDS ministry, is the first openly gay official in the Bush Administration.

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Associated Press Ð April 9, 2001; Washington Post Ð April 9, 2001; New York Times Ð April 9, 2001