Football, Kids and Marriage

Everyone is talking about Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher who murdered his girlfriend this weekend before he killed himself.  Then there’s NBC’s Bob Costas turning this into an anti-gun crusade (never mind that O.J. Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole was murdered with a knife.)  Not many people are picking up on the aspect of Belcher’s girlfriend also being the mother of his child or, if they are, it is being treated as something normal and accetable that they had an out-of-wedlock child.

Well, why wouldn’t they when the Washington Post runs a Thanksgiving Day quasi-puff-piece on a HIGH SCHOOL football player in D.C. who is juggling football and fatherhood.  This kid is 18 years old and has TWO children under the age of 2 with two different women — although the Post notes that he still dates one of the moms.

Here’s the line that got me —

Matthews started seeing a new girlfriend at Dunbar, Donica Dowery, which strained his relationship with Sheffield.

DUH! You think?

I am heartened by this part, though —

Dowery considered having an abortion.

“The doctors visit . . . I couldn’t do it,” said Dowery, who was 18 at the time. “When they showed me, like, the little picture of him, he already had, like, a little body, little arms.”

The article does get into various aspects of responsibility this young man is trying to take such as getting a job, caring for his children and focusing on the need to go to college.  How sad is it that this young man’s high school actually operates a daycare center?  Of course, then it comes out that he grew up in a home without a father, too.  This poor kid is just perpetuating the cycle of what he knows.

According to the CDC and the U.S. Census, 40% of all births are to UNMARRIED women.  We are nearing the tipping point on this (if we have not passed it already) where what was once a source of shame that could at least make someone think twice before giving in to their desires that could result in the creation a child is no longer a deterrent to them.

It used to be well-understood that if you are a man and you got a woman pregnant, then it was up to you to marry the mother of your child — preferably before the child is born — and care for your new family.  Belcher was a professional football player, so he certainly could have afforded to do this.  (And I’m not letting Tom Brady off the hook for the child he had with Bridgit Moynahan, either.)  Two of the biggest pop culture influences on society are sports and entertainment — what the rich and famous from these fields do shape how millions of young people perceive things.

Until celebrities starting taking basic responsibility the way we used to expect everyone to do so, we will continue to see this spiral out of control and generations more of children will suffer the consequences.

Occupod, Obama, Union Connection Now Undeniable.

Yesterday Obama tried to calm Occupy protestors who were using the human microphone to shout him down during his campaign speech in New Hampshire. Obama supporters finally got control of the situation by shouting down the Occupods, and Obama later conceded to them that “You are the reason I ran for office.”

I’m not sure where that leaves the rest of us working and bathing Americansmore

Obama Decides DOMA Unconstitutional

National Journal is reporting that President Obama has decided that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional and ordered the Department of Justice to stop enforcing it in court.

The last time I checked, the final arbiter of what is constitutional is the Judiciary, not the Executive Branch. This coming from a so-called constitutional scholar? #FAIL


Perhaps a refresher course for the “constitutional scholar” is in order.

Presidential Oath of Office

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

U.S. Constitution
Article II, Sec. 3

He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information on the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper; he shall receive Ambassadors and other public Ministers; he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and shall Commission all the Officers of the United States. (emphasis added)

That doesn’t sound like he gets to pick and choose which laws to enforce.

Richmond, VA Planned Parenthood Caught In Underage Prostitute Sting Video

On the heels of a New Jersey Planned Parenthood abortion clinic getting caught helping what they thought were underage prostitutes and the organization stating they have “zero tolerance” for this sort of thing, a new video has surfaced showing that this instead appears to be quite common.  This time it was in Richmond, VA.

Big mistake. Paging Attorney General Cuccinelli

A Broken Clock Strikes

For as spectacularly dumb as Sen. Jim Webb can be, he hits some remarkably sane notes (interspersed with plenty of liberal hogwash) in an Op-Ed piece in today’s Wall Street Journal on the subject of affirmative action.

The piece, entitled “Diversity and the Myth of White Privilege“, argues that race-based preferences for generic “people of color” miss the original intent of affirmative action (to help remedy the legacy of slavery among African Americans) by favoring newly arrived immigrants whose communities were not affected by the social conditions that gave rise to the programs. Webb also sensibly notes, as the title suggests, that these sorts of programs tend to further harm segments of the white population that have been unfairly lumped together with members of the privileged white power structure.

At its core Webb’s argument is an internally-conflicted mess, with sentiments such as “Nondiscrimination laws should be applied equally among all citizens” at complete odds with admonitions about “our continuing obligation to assist those African-Americans still in need.” Sensing the political realities within the Democratic party, he repeatedly makes room for exceptions to his general sense that affirmative action is bad, forcing a concluding paragraph that is as vapid and wannabe-pretentious as anything I’ve seen from a U.S. Senator.

But, this tension is a good thing: baby steps toward an open discussion of a government-driven diversity boondoggle that is a political minefield for its opponents. For much the same reason it was said that only Nixon could go to China, in the current political climate it seems only Democrats can challenge orthodoxy on race. Despite his apparent ambivalence, Webb has done just that:

Nondiscrimination laws should be applied equally among all citizens, including those who happen to be white. The need for inclusiveness in our society is undeniable and irreversible, both in our markets and in our communities. Our government should be in the business of enabling opportunity for all, not in picking winners. It can do so by ensuring that artificial distinctions such as race do not determine outcomes.

For that, he should be commended.

If ’89 Is Fair Game For McDonnell, Is ’99 Fair Game For Deeds?


From the October 29, 1999 issue of the Bath County Recorder

So, Creigh “What’s In Your Wallet?” Deeds — just 10 years ago in 1999 mind you — said that medical insurance for gays is a “special right.”

Paging the Washington Post — must everyone else do your research for you when it comes to Democrats?

Seriously, I don’t think that you and Mr. Deeds really want to go down this road very much further lest we completely decimate you…

(H/T The Weekly Standard)

WashPo Tries To Discredit McDonnell Again, Only Succeeds In Further Discrediting Itself

The WashPo will run in their Wed. edition another story in which they attempt to smear Bob McDonnell, but to anyone who has been paying attention they’d see this as old news.  In fact, not only is it old news, but the first time around 6 years ago the WashPo even got the story wrong.

We here at Virtucon covered it a week ago as part of our recap of McDonnell’s 90 minute conference call with the news media.

Q — How do you reconcile with Askew case?
A — WashPo summary of Askew case was incorrect. Documents will be sent to reporters to follow up. If complaints or issues were brought up in advance, those would be brought up in a hearing. After hearing, number of things brought to cmte. members that made them think Judge Askew should not be reappointed. Some things were not answered honestly in the questionnaire. Questions of temperment. Evidence of sexual harassment claim that Judge Askew had been accused of by an employee. Settled for $64K by City of Hampton. WashPo article said Judge was never found guilty in court — true, but only because it was settled out of court. McD never brought up sexual orientation. Vote demonstrated that Sen. Dick Saslaw voted against her. Top Cmte. Dem Sen. Janet Howell voted against Askew. Saslaw — what went on in there was as fair as can be. Quote attributed to McD was not correct. At the time, there was a law in VA before a S. Ct. decision, acts of sodomy were punishable as a felony. If someone who was a judge were convicted of a felony that would be a factor as to whether they would be reappointed. Quoted that homosexualtiy was not an issue, believe that there were already homosexuals on the bench. Only cares about whether they would follow the law. Original story was incorrect. WashPo did not do good reporting. Testimony and demeanor and settled sexual harassment claim were the issues. McD was on the same side as Saslaw and Janet Howell.

So, once again, the WashPo trots out discredited allegations.  At least this time around, the WashPo got it right that Judge Askew wasn’t found guilty of sexual harassment in court only because the City of Hampton settled out of court.

It truly is amazing just how far the WashPo will compromise its very integrity in an effort to try and elect Creigh “What’s In Your Wallet?” Deeds.  I guess the news that Deeds is apparently pulling up stakes in Prince William County already is just driving them bonkers.  (And for the record, today is yet another day gone by that Team Deeds has not refuted the claim they are abandoning efforts in PWC.)

Despite Deeds’ best effort, Virginians still remember the actual year is 2009

The first poll to be conducted exclusively after the Washington Post tried to turn the clock back twenty years has been conducted by Rasmussen:

In the race to become the next Governor of Virginia, Republican Robert F. McDonnell retains a steady lead over Democrat R. Creigh Deeds.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Virginia voters finds McDonnell leading Deeds 51% to 42%.

. . .

The survey was conducted shortly after news stories broke about a thesis paper written by McDonnell in 1989.

That would, of course, be the thesis, the one that is so old it was written before Creigh “What’s in Your Wallet?” Deeds voted for his first tax increase.  Still, the Deeds campaign, desperate for momentum (or, if BVBL’s theory is correct, desperate for cash), is trying to milk this for all it’s worth.

If Rasmussen is any indication, it isn’t worth much.

In fact, if I were any Democrat not named Creigh Deeds, I’d be even more panicked right now.

For starters, if the WaPo has decided to bring back the 2006 playbook, that will also include a high-profile Republican endorsement as cover for their actions.  In 2006, that was Maryland Governor Bob Ehrlich, who was still target number one for local Democrats that year (national Democrats were far more interested in knocking off Allen).  The Ehrlich endorsement is stillthe most unexpected MSM endorsement since 1997 (when the Postendorsed Mark Earley for Attorney General – still the gold standard for I-need-to-get-my-eyes-checked moments).

The Post has already done more than a few rounds with AG nominee Ken Cuccinelli, but has little (if anything) invested in Jody Wagner.  I’d be more than a little worried if I were here right now.

Not that Steve Shannon has reason to cheer.  His entire campaign strategy – paint Cuccinelli as “outside the mainstream” – was just stolen by Deeds and aimed at McDonnell.  If, as the poll above suggests, Deeds’ plan falls flat, it will be much harder to Shannon to try the same thing with Cuccinelli – who has already stole the march on just about everybody in his handling of the Melendez-Diaz issue.

Delegate and local Dem candidates ever further down-ticket may think hurting McDonnell will help them, but if it means strengthening Bolling and Cuccinelli, it’s at best a wash, and more likely an accidental boost to GOP nominees down-ballot.

In other words, Deeds (and the WaPo editors) basically threw the rest of the Virginia Democrats under the bus to fire a shot at Bob McDonnell – a shot that missed.

Nicely done, Creigh.  Nicely done.

McDonnell Answers All Of The Media’s Questions On His Thesis

Bob McDonnell today answered all of the media’s questions regarding his 1989 thesis.  On the conference call, he was calm, cool and collected.  After discussing this tempest in a teapot and the various things that some media outposts have glommed on to, McDonnell took questions from the media during the course of the nearly 90 minute call.  This was an open, free flowing exchange with actual answers given unlike the contrived damage control interviews given by Barack Obama or Jim Webb during their campaigns.

So, in advance of tomorrow’s newspaper articles, here’s what REALLY was said on the call and what reporters’ questions were.  If anyone tries to twist what was said, you’ll know it by reading below.

Following are rough notes taken during the call.  Please pardon the numerous typos and grammatical errors.
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Who is the top supporter of Covenant Marriage in Virginia?

Why, none other than Gov. Timmy!

Kaine offers bill to create stricter marriage option

Even Del. Al “The Trashman” Pollard said supportive things about this bill championed by then-LG Timmy!

Seriously, just how sloppy is the Dem campaign this year?  The first thing you do is research your own top guys’ past statements so you don’t come off looking like a fool.  Apparently, they never learned that rule.

McDonnell Turns The Tables On Deeds

From the Pr. William News & Messenger article about Bob McDonnell visiting the PWC County Fair:

Recent polls show McDonnell also leading this year’s rematch with the state senator from Bath County.

McDonnell said that’s because Deeds is concentrating on social issues, such as the Republican’s opposition to abortion, while he’s talking about what people are “really concerned about.”

“They want to see better jobs, they want to see school reform, they want to see our roads get built faster,” he said, “and they want to see government work better and be more transparent and user-friendly.”

McDonnell said Deeds pledged at a debate not to mention social issues, not to use the “old politics of division.”

“Then two weeks later, it seems to be the main focus of his campaign,” he said.

That is perhaps some of the best political jujitsu that I have ever seen.

The Democrats have made their choice – and will come to regret it

So Creigh Deeds gets another shot at Bob McDonnell after all.  It will likely go down as one the most memorable primary upsets in Virginia history – although having two Northern Virginians split that region’s vote would have made Deeds a formidable candidate even before he earned the Washington Post‘s endorsement.  Still, Deeds whopping victory surprised nearly everyone (ahem, emphasis on nearly), and he may even get a post-primary boost in the polls (although that’s far from certain given that so few people voted in this primary).

Democrats are gleeful in large part because they remember how close Deeds came to defeating McDonnell in the 2005 Attorney General race.  Normally, yours truly tries to steer Republicans clear of unwarranted optimism, but today it’s the Democrats who will need to prepare themselves for some serious dissapointment.  Here’s why:

Even in 2005, Deeds lost: McDonnell had to fight terrible headwinds – in particular the Kilgore drag at the top of the ticket, an unpopular president in his own party, and the usual boost the party outside of the White House gets in Virginia.  In fact, from 1977 to 2001, the party outside of the White House always won the Governor’s race and one of the two downticket races.  McDonnell and Bill Bolling broke that trend in 2005, and McD was facing a Democrat (Deeds) who was backed by the usually GOP-friendly National Rifle Association.

Since then, Deeds has shifted left substantially: In 2005, Deeds was a gun-rights Democrat who supported the Mark Warner tax increase of 2004, no worse than any Democrat not named Johnny Joannou.  Since then, as Mason Conservative noted, Creigh Deeds has become one of the most prolific tax hikers in Richmond.  His nomination even neutralized Bob McDonnell’s greatest weakness – HB3202.  Deeds not only voted for the version McDonnell defended in court (the Kaine version), but he also voted for the Chichester version (a statewide gas tax hike) earlier.  Hardly anyone could manage to make McDonnell look good by comparison on the 3202 debacle, but Creigh Deeds managed to pull it off.  The State Senator then proceeded to support SB6009 – which had increases in the sales tax, gas tax, and auto tax, plus regional tax increases.  Had the Democrats nominated Terry McAuliffe, McDonnell might have been vulnerable on HB3202; with Deeds, McD might as well be iron-plated.

While Deeds has become a complete disaster for the taxpayer, he hasn’t exactly endeared himself to Virginia independents and Republicans on other issues either (see Tim Watson and the Virginia Shooting Sports Association).

In short, Creigh Deeds is a pale imitation of the guy who still lost to Bob McDonnell despite tremendous statewide advantages for the Dems that no longer exist – and he’s supposed to reverse the 2005 outcome?

I don’t think so.

Cross-posted to the right-wing liberal

Creigh “Dirty” Deeds Twists Logic Live On TV

Creigh “Dirty” Deeds in WJLA’s “Battleground Virginia” special last night morphed into John Kerry.

On the Virginia constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage that passed in 2006, he said that he voted to put the amendment on the ballot in the General Assembly and then voted against it at the ballot box — in other words, he voted for it before he voted against it.  His logic?  Apparently Deeds believed that even though he opposed it on substance he thought that the people should still have the opportunity to decide.

View this exchange beginning at the 23 min., 45 sec. mark.

Oh, really?  Why then did you, Mr. Deeds, vote against letting people vote on this other constitutional amendment to regulate the powers of the Virginia General Assembly?  If on the gay marriage issue you say you believe in equal rights for everyone yet you were willing to let the majority of voters have their say on that, why wouldn’t you allow people to vote on this other constitutional amendment that did not impact anyone’s individual rights?

Just one more instance of “Dirty” Deeds being a slick hayseed.

Next Stop for the GOP — D.C. City Council!!!

With yesterday’s wins by two GOPers in Alexandria, might we see the Red Tide spread north of the Potomac to the D.C. City Council?  Not such a far-fetched idea after yesterday’s 12-1 vote by the D.C. Council to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.

What many people tend not to realize is that religious African Americans are very socially conservative.  The majority of opposition to the D.C. bill came from African American churches.  It was the African American vote in California that passed that state’s constitutional amendment last Nov. banning same-sex marriages.  And African Americans came out in droves in Virginia in 2006 to support the Commonwealth’s constitutional amendment.  That led to the ironic twist that ended George Allen’s senate career.  The amendment was to have “turbo boosted” Allen’s re-elect numbers that year to set him up for an ’08 presidential run, but instead was the major factor (not “macaca” as some would have you believe) in his defeat.  African Americans who came out in near record numbers that year to vote on the marriage amendment then turned around and reflexively voted Democrat, putting Sen. Thinskin “Beavis” Gump (D-WashPo) into office.

The GOP needs to reach out to the church-going African American community, let them know that they are natural allies on numerous social issues and then work to prove to them that conservative economic policies are the tide that lifts all boats.  Republicans need to bring the African American community back into their coalition and it should not be as hard as it sounds.

This brings us back to the D.C. City Council.  For years we’ve been told that if a GOPer is going to win a seat on the council that they need to run as a RINO moderate.  That might be a good strategy in the liberal enclaves of Upper Northwest, but is foolish to do in Northeast and Southeast D.C.

When I was in law school at Catholic University back in the early 1990s and headed up that school’s Republican law students group, I was invited to speak to a meeting of the Frederick Douglass club at a home in Northeast D.C.  I was impressed by this group and quickly noted just how conservative they were.  They probably would have been pleasantly suprised had the school group’s Vice President been there to speak — a conservative African American woman with a PhD.

Republicans need to go on the offense — EVERYWHERE.  This includes D.C.  If the D.C. GOP won’t do it, then perhaps Michael Steele should get the RNC involved and recruit conservative African American challengers to run as Republicans against the members of the D.C. City Council that the African American churches are looking to turn out of office.  But in doing so, they must expand the message beyond just social issues and delve into the economic realm.  How long has D.C. been controlled by Democrats and is it getting any better for its residents outside of Northwest?  No, it isn’t.  That is a simple and clear message that should be self evident to many voters.

The GOP can’t keep running candidates in the mold of Carol Schwartz or (now independent) David Catania, the two most recent Republicans to win election in the District.  They need to recruit conservative African American small business owners and others who have taken on leadership roles within their neighborhoods to run for office as Republicans.  And maybe, just maybe, they will finally find the right people who can turn around that malfunctioning entity known as the District of Columbia.

Excuse Machine Gearing Up for Obama Loss

Just check out the latest AP (we won’t assist the FBI and Secret Service in a federal investigation that doesn’t even involve protecting a source) article:

Racial views steer some white Dems away from Obama

The thrust of the article is that White Dems hold at least some racial prejudice.  Of course, buried in the article is this paragraph:

Race is not the biggest factor driving Democrats and independents away from Obama. Doubts about his competency loom even larger, the poll indicates. More than a quarter of all Democrats expressed doubt that Obama can bring about the change they want, and they are likely to vote against him because of that.

But overall, this article and the survey that was commissioned basically are laying the foundation for the Obama loss to be blamed upon racism.  Way to go to stir up racial tensions there, AP.

Is Your Toddler Racist? or UK Overrun by PC Crowd

This is just unbelievable.

Toddlers should be taught about racism and singled out for criticism if they have racist attitudes, a Government-funded advisory group said yesterday.

It told nursery teachers, playgroup leaders and childminders to record and report every racist incident involving children as young as three.

These could include saying ‘Yuk’ about unfamiliar food.

Even babies should not be ignored in the hunt for racism because they can ‘recognise different people in their lives’, a new guide for nurseries and child care centres said.

The instructions for staff in charge of pre-school children in day care have been produced by the National Children’s Bureau, which receives £12million a year, mostly through taxpayer-funded organisations.

The NCB, which describes itself as ‘an umbrella body for the children’s sector’, has long used its resources to campaign on controversial issues, for example in favour of a legal ban on smacking by parents.

It also runs the Sex Education Forum, a campaign for more sex education in schools.

The new 366-page guide, Young Children and Racial Justice, warned that ‘racist incidents among children in early years settings-tend to be around name-calling-casual thoughtless comments, and peer group relationships’.

It said such incidents could include children using words like ‘blackie’, ‘Pakis’, ‘those people’ or ‘they smell’.

Children might also ‘react negatively to a culinary tradition other than their own by saying “yuk”.’

Nursery staff are told: ‘No racist incident should be ignored. When there is a clear racist intent, it is necessary to be specific in condemning the action.’

If children ‘reveal negative attitudes the lack of censure may indicate to the child that there is nothing unacceptable about such attitudes’.

Nurseries are encouraged to report as many racist incidents as possible to local councils.

‘Some people think that if a large number of racist incidents are reported, this will reflect badly on the institution,’ it said. ‘In fact, the opposite is the case.’

The guidance said that anyone who disagrees is racist themselves.

It also suggests cultivating the home languages of new immigrants  –  despite Government anxiety to promote the learning of English.

It said: ‘English is now viewed as the major language of the world but this is not because it has any innate linguistic advantages  –  it is because English is the language of power in a world dominated by English-speaking peoples.’

Critics of the race programme for pre- school children labelled it ‘totalitarian’.

Author and researcher on family life Patricia Morgan said: ‘Stepping in to stop severe bullying is one thing, but this is interference in the lives of children. It smacks of totalitarianism.

‘It is regulation of private speech and thought. They intend nursery staff to step into children’s playground squabbles and then report them to the local council as race incidents. Who would ever have thought that the anti-racism crusade would go so far?’ 

A boy of ten has already been taken to court for calling a mixed race 11-year-old ‘Paki’ and ‘Bin Laden’ in a school playground argument.

The pair subsequently made up and became friends again, yet the Crown Prosecution Service decided to go ahead because the victim’s mother made a complaint.

The ten- year- old eventually appeared at Salford Youth Court in 2006 where he denied a raciallymotivated offence under the Public Order Act of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause another person harm or distress.

But District Judge Jonathan Finestein (pictured) ordered the authorities to review their decision to prosecute.

He said of the defendant: ‘I shouldn’t think he understands Bin Laden or Al Qaeda. I’m not condoning what he supposedly said but there must be other ways of dealing with this apart from criminal prosecution.’

Prosecutors later decided not to pursue the case.

“Roe” Endorses Brownback for Prez.

‘Roe’ Endorses Brownback for President
“Sam Brownback is the right person, in the right place, at the right time for our nation as we seek to embrace a culture of life”DES MOINES, Ia -U.S. Senator Sam Brownback announced today that he has enlisted the support of Norma McCorvey, the now pro-life “Jane Roe” of the infamous Roe v Wade decision, for his presidential campaign.

In 1970, Norma McCorvey, then an impoverished pregnant woman, was convinced by a team of ambitious lawyers to be their plaintiff in a case to challenge the state law prohibiting abortion in Texas. This case, Roe v Wade, was eventually appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court and led to one of the most tragic judicial decisions in American history, essentially giving the consent of the nation’s highest court to tens of millions of abortions since 1973. In 1995, realizing her error and touched by the neighborly love of a number of her pro-life opponents, McCorvey abandoned her pro-abortion activism and became a vocal pro-life Christian. In 1997, she founded the pro-life ministry, Roe No More. In 2005, McCorvey formally petitioned the Supreme Court to overturn the 1973 decision that bears her name.

Senator Brownback is deeply honored to have earned Norma McCorvey’s endorsement. “Norma McCorvey knows firsthand the darkness of the abortion industry – its danger to both unborn children and their mothers. Her experience as the poster child for the abortion movement exponentially increases the power of her pro-life testimony. I stand with her in her quest to overturn Roe v Wade,” Brownback said.

Norma McCorvey said, “I know the hurts of countless women who have been lied to and manipulated by the abortion industry in this country. Our nation needs a President of strength, courage, and moral fortitude – one who will lead our society on a path that respects human life and human dignity. Senator Sam Brownback’s love for all Americans at every stage of development is unquestioned, and his le adership of the pro-life movement if unrivaled. Sam Brownback is the right person, in the right place, at the right time for our nation as we seek to embrace a culture of life.”

Brownback continued: “I am encouraged by Norma’s story of hope, I am emboldened by her great courage, and I am deeply blessed that she would stand with me in my bid to become President of the United States.”

McCorvey further stated: “As the lead plaintiff in one of the most tragic Supreme Court decisions in U.S. history resulting in abortion-on-demand, I can appreciate as much as anyone the importance of the pro-life movement accepting converts. However, it should give us great concern when certain politicians join the pro-life movement just prior to announcing a run for president in the Republican primary. Conversions are critical, but so is sincerity. Sam Brownback is a candidate that we can trust to fight for life, because he’s already done so for many, many years.”

Today, Brownback has scheduled campaign events in Council Bluffs, Sioux City, Des Moines, Ames and Davenport with Christian activist and historian, Dave Barton. After a morning event in Cedar Rapids, Brownback will address activists for his “Iowa Headquarters Grand Opening” event tomorrow at noon.