Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer has a new job chairing the Minnesota chapter of Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition. The coalition is part of an effort to reinvigorate the 1980s’ Christian Coalition which Reed also ran.

MFFC is part of Reed’s national Faith and Freedom Coalition. He describes his group, which backs state and local affiliates around the country, as evolving, a “21st Century version of the Christian Coalition on steroids, married with, with a sprinkling of the NRA.”

“I’m excited about this opportunity to work with the Minnesota Faith & Freedom Coalition toward building a stronger conservative grassroots movement in Minnesota as we seek to restore America’s greatness and founding principles,” Emmer said in a statement.

Like Emmer, many of the officers of the MFFC have been active in opposing rights for LGBT people. And the group has already begun to organize conservative Christians around the anti-gay marriage amendment.

Emmer headlined one such meeting in August.

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