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Santorum Wins Key Endorsement Of Evangelical Anti-Gay Hate Group Consortium

by David Badash on January 14, 2012

in Bigotry Watch,News,Politics,Religion

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Rick Santorum — unsurprisingly — has won the key endorsement of a huge group of over one-hundred Evangelical leaders and organizations, including those prominently featured as certified anti-gay hate groups. like the American Family Association and the Family Research Council. Santorum took the endorsement after the group, which The New Civil Rights Movement reported on recently, voted in secret ballot three times, winning 115 of the 150 votes cast. Newt Gingrich took the balance of the votes.

Among those in attendance were Brian BrownTony PerkinsJames DobsonGary BauerDon Wildmon, future FEC potential investigatee Bob Vander Plaats, and many others, all convening at retired Judge Paul Pressler’s Texas ranch. Notably, the consortium did not even consider Texas Governor Rick Perry after the first around of voting.

“On Saturday morning, they voted, and the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkinsheld a call to debrief the media. He saw white smoke,” Dave Weigel of Slate reported:

“What I did not think was possible appears to be possible,” said Perkins. After three rounds of balloting, “there emerged a strong consensus around Rick Santorum as the preferred candidate of this room.” It was a “clear, clear majority,” 115 out of 150, by the time other candidates were dropped off the ballot.

What did it mean? No one was calling for Rick Perry or Newt Gingrich to leave the race, even though the assemblenge included supporters of both candidates. “That,” said Perkins, “was not even part of the discussion.” There would not, officially, be some new campaign for Santorum by a union of these evangelicals. “It will not be a coordinated effort,” said Perkins.

Apparently, there is some confusion about the actual vote count, with the L.A. Times reporting, “Santorum [won] 85 votes in the final round, to Newt Gingrich’s 29.”

The Times called the vote “an effort to avoid a repeat of 2008, when social conservatives failed to rally behind a single Republican presidential candidate.”

“The focus here was on people putting aside their preferences, putting aside the candidate they had signed up with, trying to reach a consensus,” Perkins said.

“Rick Santorum has consistently articulated the issues that are of concern to conservatives, both the economic and the social, and has woven those into a very solid platform,” Perkins said. “And he has a record of stability…He’s reliable.”

Of frontrunner Mitt Romney, Perkins said there was “not a lot of time spent” discussing his candidacy.

“It was more a discussion of the positives of the conservative candidates and their vision for the future,” Perkins said. “It was not a bash Mitt Romney weekend…but it’s not news that there is not strong support among conservatives for Mitt Romney.”

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Lying_Rick January 14, 2012 at 4:33 pm

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Rick Santorum: "But he also earmarks more than anybody else in the Congress, and then doesn't vote for the spending that the earmarks are in."

As you know, earmarks were not disclosed until 2007 — conveniently for you, the same year you left congress. However, during your time in congress, you were known for your earmarks and support of federal programs which were popular in Pennsylvania. ( http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2012/01/05/ri… )

In 2011, there were 39,530 earmarks, totaling $129.9 billion. With 535 congressmen, that's an average of 74 earmarks, totaling $242.7 million per member of congress.

Ron Paul had 41 of those earmarks, with a total of $157.1 million. In his own state ( http://endingspending.com/fixing-the-budget/earma… ):

Silvestre Reyes (D TX-16) requested 48 earmarks, totaling $159.7 million
Al Green (D TX-9) requested 73 earmarks, totaling $541.7 million
Eddie Bernice (D TX-30) requested 69 earmarks, totaling $287.6 million
Chet Edwards (D TX-17) requested 119 earmarks, totaling $212 million
Ciro Rodriguez (D TX-23) requested 88 earmarks, totaling $412.9 million
Henry Cuella (D TX-28) requested 94 earmarks, totaling $783.8 million
Ruben Hinojosa (D TX-15) requested 46 earmarks, totaling $171.4 million
Solomon Ortize (D TX-27) requested 98 earmarks, totaling $588.5 million
Sheila Jackson-Lee (D TX-18) requested 69 earmarks, totaling $752.5 million
Sen. John Cornyn (R TX) requested 54 earmarks, totaling $170.8 million
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R TX) requested 118 earmarks, totaling $744 million

Clearly, Ron Paul doesn't "earmark more than anybody else in the Congress." That is a lie, Mr. Santorum.

And by the way, he was nowhere near first place in 2010 either — even in his own state! ( http://endingspending.com/fixing-the-budget/earma… )

You, on the other hand, voted for H.R. 3058 — $398 billion for a bridge to nowhere. Can you guess who one of the 19 "nays" were? That's right, Ron Paul.
http://youtu.be/0qZG5eLMWd0

Turns out, you even went to South Carolina and told everyone that Jim DeMint was wrong on earmarks! ( http://www.redstate.com/erick/2012/01/04/this-won… ) Don't suppose you'll be expecting that endorsement, eh?
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psuedok January 15, 2012 at 2:00 am

Living in South Carolina, I know most people are not real hyped around this guy.

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