Ken Mehlman has been an open member of the club for less than a year, but he's already made its "who's who" list.

The Baltimore native who served as a campaign manager for President George W. Bush in 2004 and chaired the Republican National Committee from 2005 to 2007 told the world he was gay in
an interview with The Atlantic in August.

Now he's made New York Observer's list of The New Power Gays: NYC's Top 50.

Writes one reader, annoyed that Mehlman remained in the closet as the party he led pursued an anti-gay agenda: "We could have used your help 8 years ago. Thanks anyway."