February 8th, 2008 11:45 EST
Peter LaBarbera celebrates Romney's decision
Media Advisory, Feb. 8/Christian Newswire/ -- Peter LaBarbera, founder of the website Republicans For Family Values, issued the following statement today:
We who know his real record celebrate the news that the media's favorite fake "conservative," Mitt Romney, has abandoned his GOP presidential bid. Congratulations to Mass Resistance's Brian Camenker and all those who worked so hard to expose the truth about this man who, frankly, deceived many. Camenker's report, "The Mitt Romney Deception," was the linchpin of our campaign to expose Romney's incredible string of flip-flops, anti- family sellouts and conveniently-timed conversions to the pro-family cause.
Said Camenker: "It's quite astonishing that a rag-tag army of truth-tellers was able to take down the most well-funded and best organized political campaign in modern times -- which was also in collusion with the "mainstream" conservative movement."
Sadly, Brian is correct: the facts about Romney's record that should have been reported by major "conservative" and pro-family leaders - such as his continued embrace of homosexual "special rights" laws and the $50 co-pay for abortion as a "benefit" resulting from his state health insurance plan -- were left untold. Curiously, major conservative opinion- leaders like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Mark Levin and Hugh Hewitt - who readily bashed Mike Huckabee and John McCain for being too liberal -- couldn't bring themselves to expose the Real Romney.
Worse yet, some major Christian pro-family leaders failed in their role to inform the public about Romney's social liberalism. Curiously, some embraced Romney even though his (post-conversion) record on abortion was weaker than Mike Huckabee's pro-life record -- and despite the fact that Romney's (current) pro- homosexual-special-rights advocacy broke with decades of pro-family tradition. We know that some of these groups accepted large donations from Romney.
Right up to Super Tuesday, millions of Christians and conservatives - relying on talk radio and not hearing the truth from some major Christian organizations - were ignorant of Romney's pro-homosexual, liberal record, demonstrating the lack of fair play of key conservative and pro-family leaders who -- at the very least - should have exposed equally the warts of all the GOP contenders.
Politics is a tough business, but is it wrong to expect conservatives - and especially Christian leaders - to conduct it with more integrity?