Thursday, December 1, 2011

The FAMiLY LEADER Negotiating with Newt Gingrich to Amend their Fidelity Pledge

There seems to be some in-fighting amongst Iowa's social conservatives when it comes to presidential endorsements.  Thrice-failed gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats and The FAMiLY LEADER organization established this multi-planked "Marriage Vow" for presidential candidates to sign before they could receive their coveted endorsement.  It didn't just cover opposition to marriage equality and gay families.  The Marriage Vow demanded marital fidelity, agreement that married (het) people enjoy better sex, opposition to divorce, opposition to pornography, opposition to DADT repeal, rejection of Sharia Law, etc., etc.  Candidates were supposed to sign off on the Marriage Vow before August 1, 2011, or else lose out on all opportunities to win the support of Iowa's most influential DOMAgogues.

Except, that The FAMiLY LEADER has apparently given up on their August 1st deadline because Rick Perry was allowed to sign off on the Marriage Vow last month.

Now, BVP is so interested in endorsing Newt Gingrich that he and his organization are negotiating with the former U.S. House speaker and serial adulterer to amend the Marriage Vow to best suit Newt's needs.  In other words, The FAMiLY LEADER doesn't really care about endorsing the candidate who most stands for their values and beliefs.  BVP and The FAMiLY LEADER instead are angling to endorse the candidate who they believe is most likely to win the election so BVP can continue claiming to be "the Kingmaker".

Here's what Think Progress has to say about this whole hypocritical mess:
Iowans for Christian Leaders in Government, an social conservative group, is trying to prevent the FAMiLY Leader from endorsing Newt Gingrich, citing “his previous adultery with two wives and the former U.S. House speaker’s financial ties to [group president Bob] Vander Plaats.” Gingrich has also refused to sign the FAMiLY Leader’s controversial 14-point marriage fidelity pledge until the group adopts certain changes, and the Leader “has been in communication with the Gingrich campaign about the pledge and expects to hear something from them shortly.” Vander Plaats has previously brushed aside suggestions that Newt Gingrich’s multiple marriages and infidelities undermine social conservative beliefs.
It will be interesting to see how much BVP twists and bends his beliefs over time in order to become politically relevant.  In the meantime, check out what some social conservatives in Iowa think about Gingrich (in other words, it'll be wild around here if BVP ends up endorsing Newt over the objections of Iowa's other social conservative groups):

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