TO: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele
FROM: The Undersigned Conservatives
Declaration of Conservative Leaders in Support Of Senator Jim DeMint
Senator Jim DeMint has been blamed directly or indirectly for the failure to capture a majority in the Senate by named and/or unnamed Republican senators, staffers and consultants.
Such false and unfair attacks aid and abet President Obama, the Democratic Party and the liberal media. We consider such attacks on Senator Jim DeMint an attack on us and all conservatives, and especially the conservative movement that is the successor to Ronald Reagan, William F. Buckley, Jr., and other great progenitors of the conservative movement.
Perhaps more than any other Republican, Senator Jim DeMint is not only responsible for the net Republican gains in the Senate in the 2010 election, but has helped restore faith in the Republican Party as the party of constitutionally limited government. He greatly energized the base of the Party, and therefore contributed to historic wins in the House, governorships and state legislatures across the country.
In fact, Senator Jim DeMint's unilateral efforts to bring constitutional small government conservatives into the Senate has encouraged many conservatives to stay within the Republican Party, vote for Republican candidates, and even may have staved off formation of a third party and the demise of the Republican Party.
We do not expect or advocate for ideological purity in the Republican Party, but we do expect the Party's leadership to rein in those who unfairly attack Senator DeMint, who instead should be given credit for what he has done, and done with such class, honor, humility, dignity and patriotism.
Since Republicans in and affiliated with the Senate who have attacked Senator Jim DeMint have an agenda, and may not heed calls to reason from the Republican leadership, let it be known that continued attacks, whether indirectly or anonymously, will result in conservatives' responding in word and deed.
Conservatives will not only challenge and beat more Republican senators in Republican primaries, but conservatives will stop funding and volunteering for the NRSC and the RNC. Instead, conservatives will send their money to, and volunteer for, Senator DeMint's Senate Conservative Fund and the candidates Senator DeMint supports. In fact, it would be our goal for the Senate Conservatives Fund to raise more money than the NRSC.
Conservatives will also work to defeat in Republican primaries those Republicans who retain consultants who criticize or try to undermine Senator DeMint.
(organizations named for identification purposes only)
Christian Film and Television Commission
President, American Values
Legacy Planning Group, Inc.
Media Research Center
Joe R. Calvert
Professor Emeritus Boston University
David Y Denholm
President, Public Service Research Council
Editor, Conservative Battleline
Miles M. Dewhirst
Dewhirst & Dolven, LLC
President, Jesse Helms Center Foundation
H. Paul Einarsson
Conflict Free Energy
Capitol Resource Institute
Angel Pictures & Publicity, Crisis Management, Inc., The Conservative Pundit
American Target Advertising, Inc.
Fischer Furniture, Inc.
Jeffrey M. Frederick
Former Chairman, Republican Party of Virginia
Colin A. Hanna
The Constitutional Coalition
Paperless Transaction Corporation
Gary A. Hofmeister
The Steamboat Institute
Chairman, Maryland Taxpayers Association
The Human Rights Education and Relief Organization (HERO)
Suhail A. Khan
Chairman, Conservative Inclusion Coalition Board Member, ACU
Michael Patrick Leahy
Co-founder, Nationwide Tea Party Coalition
Young Americans for Freedom
Life Issues Institute
President, Summit Ministries; President, Christian Anti-Communism Crusade
The Richard Norman Company
South Carolinians for Responsible Government
Tea Party Nation
Executive Director, Gun Owners of America
Illinois State Representative 1977-1993; State President, Eagle Forum of Illinois
Chairwoman, Virginia Tea Party Patriot Federation; President, Richmond Tea Party
Dr. Don Racheter
Founder and Moderator, Iowa Wednesday Group
Robert E. Reccord
Alfred S. Regnery
Publisher, The American Spectator
Young America's Foundation
President, American Majority Action
Author and President, Shirley & Banister Public Affairs
John and Teresa Trulio
The Chattanooga Tea Party
Somers H. White
Former Arizona State Senator
Concerned Women for America