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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Conservative Leader Praises Democrat Pelosi

An early pioneer of the conservative movement is praising US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, for her leadership on so-called earmark reform.

"Some Republicans, like Trent Lott, apparently still haven't learned anything from the 2006 election returns," says Richard Viguerie, author of Conservatives Betrayed: How George W. Bush and Other Big Government Republicans Hijacked the Conservative Cause. "But Nancy Pelosi understands that voters are disgusted with pork-barrel spending. She has my thanks and support for extending the ban on earmarks for this entire year."

Earmarks, which Viguerie notes exploded under all-Republican rule, are the term for federal spending which is steered by legislative language to specific projects by lawmakers. Pelosi became the first female U.S. House speaker following elections that handed Democrats control of both chambers of Congress for the first time since 1994.

"Let the message from conservatives be loud and clear," Viguerie adds. "We are not slaves to either party. We will support Democrats and Republicans alike when they do the right thing, and we will oppose Democrats and Republicans alike when they do the wrong thing. Our loyalty is to the taxpayers and to sound fiscal policies."

Viguerie pioneered ideological andpolitical direct mail and has been called "the funding father of theconservative movement" for his role in helping build dozens of conservative organizations. Viguerie was cited in the Washington Times in 1999 as one of13 "Conservatives of the Century." The founding of his company was listed by the late John F. Kennedy Jr.'s magazine, George, as one of the 100 "defining moments" in 20th Century American politics.

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