When Jason Carter needed cash for his gubernatorial run, he turned to the gays. And the gay politico who made it rain for him now has a seat on the Democrat's campaign committee.
Carter's campaign announced Tuesday that Ken Britt is one of 20 members of the committee. Britt appears to be the only gay person on the list that includes several current and former elected officials, civic leaders and clergy. Britt, the retired executive director of law firm Alston & Bird, has been an LGBT advocate for years and involved in several gay organizations and political campaigns. In 2012, he ran unsuccessfully for the state House.
Carter said in a prepared statement that the expertise of Britt and the other 19 people will boost his campaign.
“I’m honored to have these distinguished leaders from across Georgia join our campaign,” Carter said. “These men and women have excelled in business, public service and education, and they know that Georgia is ready to move into the future.”
Britt organized a July 31 event for Carter that raised nearly $90,000 from LGBT donors. Coverage of the event from Project Q, and criticism from the GA Voice that Carter didn't specifically discuss gay issues during his remarks, prompted the campaign to clumsily come out in favor of gay marriage a few days later.
“He is very, very charismatic and well spoken,” Britt told Project Q after the fundraiser. “He has found his voice and he talked a lot about equality and the fact that it will be a big change and a welcome change for our community to have a governor in the state of Georgia who believes in equality.”