Tweet of the Day: Perkins mocks Mitch Daniels
May 23rd, 2011
02:08 PM ET
4 years ago

Tweet of the Day: Perkins mocks Mitch Daniels

@tperkins: Gov. Mitch Daniels bowed out of the presidential race over the weekend. Proving that the "truce" really does set you free–to stay home.

Tony Perkins is the president of the Family Research Council, a conservative Christian organization. His tweet is a reference to Daniel's repeated calls for Republicans to focus on fiscal and economic issues 2012 election. Daniel's proposed "truce" among Republicans on social issues earned him ridicule from the religious and socially conservative factions of the GOP.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitch Daniels • Tony Perkins
September 17th, 2010
06:31 AM ET
4 years ago

Social conservative criticizes GOP leader

Tony Perkins is taking aim at John Cornyn.
Tony Perkins is taking aim at John Cornyn.

Washington (CNN) - A leading social conservative is sharply criticizing Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, for refusing to skip a fundraiser for a GOP gay and lesbian organization, suggesting that decisions such as this are why there has been backlash by the conservative base against the Republican establishment.

Cornyn declined a request by Family Research Council President Tony Perkins not to attend the Log Cabin Republican event scheduled to take place next week in the nation's capital. Perkins said in a Sept. 13 letter that he found it "deeply troubling" the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee would associate himself with the organization.

Perkins admonished Cornyn in a note Thursday evening that will be included in his organization's daily update to be sent to the FRC email list.

"Let me again state my appreciation for Sen. Cornyn's strong stand on conservative issues, however, this is precisely why the Republican Party is in the minority and it is why eight of the senatorial candidates that the Republican establishment have selected in this cycle have been defeated in primaries by conservative candidates." Perkins wrote in the note that was provided to CNN. "What conservatives want to see is the election of those who will uphold the constitution and dial back expansive, expensive government. You don't do that by helping groups like the LCR raise money to elect candidates who oppose most of what is in the Republican Party Platform."

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Filed under: John Cornyn • Tony Perkins
September 16th, 2010
09:32 AM ET
4 years ago

O'Donnell to address major conservative conference

Delaware GOP Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell will speak Friday in the nation's Capitol at the fifth annual Values Voters Summit.
Delaware GOP Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell will speak Friday in the nation's Capitol at the fifth annual Values Voters Summit.

Washington (CNN) - The newest rock star on the right will speak Friday in front of a national gathering of conservative activists.

Fresh off her upset victory over longtime moderate Republican Rep. Mike Castle in Tuesday's GOP Senate primary in Delaware, Christine O'Donnell will speak Friday in the nation's Capitol at the fifth annual Values Voters Summit.

"We are pleased to announce that Christine O'Donnell will join us to speak at the Values Voters Summit. We applaud her for valiantly defending faith, family and freedom throughout this campaign," says Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council, which organizes the yearly conference of social conservative activists.

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Filed under: Christine O'Donnell • Tony Perkins
September 16th, 2010
08:15 AM ET
4 years ago

Despite pressure, GOP leader to attend fundraiser for gay Republicans

Despite pressure from a social conservative organization, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, will attend a fundraiser for a Republican gay and lesbian advocacy group.
Despite pressure from a social conservative organization, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, will attend a fundraiser for a Republican gay and lesbian advocacy group.

Washington (CNN) - Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, dismissed a request Wednesday from an influential social conservative organization to skip a fundraiser for a Republican gay and lesbian advocacy group, saying that even though he does not agree with the group on social issues he shares its views on fiscal discipline and economic policy.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, sent Cornyn a letter on Monday saying that “it is deeply troubling” that the Texas Republican would attend an upcoming Log Cabin Republicans fundraiser, because the organization does not represent the ideals of the Republican Party.

“Your work in the U.S. Senate on issues important to the family is well known, as is your close association with Family Research Council and the work we do, which makes the association all the more distressing,” Perkins wrote in a letter provided to CNN by the FRC. “In deference to the work you have done against the debasement of our culture, I would ask respectfully that you withdraw from attending the event.”

But Cornyn, who oversees campaign efforts for Senate Republicans, said that he planned to attend the event and explained that he “accepted for two reasons” in a letter sent Wednesday to Perkins.

Read both letters after the jump:
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Filed under: John Cornyn • Tony Perkins
September 15th, 2010
08:03 PM ET
4 years ago

Despite pressure, GOP leader to attend fundraiser for gay Republicans

Despite pressure from a social conservative organization, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, will attend a fundraiser for a Republican gay and lesbian advocacy group.
Despite pressure from a social conservative organization, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, will attend a fundraiser for a Republican gay and lesbian advocacy group.

Washington (CNN) - Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, dismissed a request Wednesday from an influential social conservative organization to skip a fundraiser for a Republican gay and lesbian advocacy group, saying that even though he does not agree with the group on social issues he shares its views on fiscal discipline and economic policy.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, sent Cornyn a letter on Monday saying that “it is deeply troubling” that the Texas Republican would attend an upcoming Log Cabin Republicans fundraiser, because the organization does not represent the ideals of the Republican Party.

“Your work in the U.S. Senate on issues important to the family is well known, as is your close association with Family Research Council and the work we do, which makes the association all the more distressing,” Perkins wrote in a letter provided to CNN by the FRC. “In deference to the work you have done against the debasement of our culture, I would ask respectfully that you withdraw from attending the event.”

But Cornyn, who oversees campaign efforts for Senate Republicans, said that he planned to attend the event and explained that he “accepted for two reasons” in a letter sent Wednesday to Perkins.

Read both letters after the jump:
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Filed under: John Cornyn • Tony Perkins
September 10th, 2010
11:57 AM ET
4 years ago

Social conservatives mix faith and politics at conference

 Tony Perkins president of the Family Research Council addresses the crowd at the Faith and Freedom Conference and Strategy Briefing.
Tony Perkins president of the Family Research Council addresses the crowd at the Faith and Freedom Conference and Strategy Briefing.

Washington (CNN) - At the Faith and Freedom Conference and Strategy Briefing, social conservatives filed into the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC to hear from a who's who of conservative voices.

The group says on its website the goal of the conference was to "mobilize and train people of faith to be effective citizens" and "to speak out in the public arena and in the media on behalf of common-sense values." The event was put together by former head of the Christian Coalition, Ralph Reed.

Tucker Carlson was the first speaker of the day. The editor of the online Daily Caller began the day by lambasting, what he called, the liberal media and encouraging the members of the audience to stop complaining and start acting. Carlson, a former CNN commentator, was introduced as such and the very mention of CNN drew boos from the crowd.

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Filed under: Christian Coalition • Faith • Tony Perkins
May 28th, 2010
12:45 PM ET
4 years ago

Perkins: Repealing 'don't ask, don't tell' threatens military chaplains

(CNN) - Hours before the Senate Armed Services Committee passed a measure Thursday that would repeal "don't ask, don't tell," a group of pastors, priests and rabbis gathered in the Capitol to encourage lawmakers to retain the ban on gays in the military.

The group opened the press conference with prayer, asking for God to bless their efforts and to soften the hearts of senators and congressmen to their position.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, who co-sponsored the presser, said repealing "don't ask, don't tell" could undermine the religious liberties of those serving in the military, particularly military chaplains.

“You have over 200 sponsoring organizations that may be prevented from sponsoring chaplains because they hold orthodox Christian views that will be in conflict with what the military says is stated policy,” said Perkins.

Full story on CNN.com's Belief blog


Filed under: Tony Perkins
April 1st, 2010
09:36 AM ET
5 years ago

Conservative leader tells donors to stop giving to RNC

(CNN) – The head of an influential social conservative organization urged supporters Wednesday to stop donating to the Republican National Committee and instead contribute to its own coffers or to candidates with like-minded goals.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, made the plea in his "Washington Update" column posted on the organization's Web site following the revelation that the RNC paid for a night out at a risqué Hollywood nightclub.

"I've hinted at this before, but now I am saying it - don't give money to the RNC," Perkins wrote in his column. "If you want to put money into the political process, and I encourage you to do so, give directly to candidates who you know reflect your values. Better yet, become a member of FRC Action and learn about the benefits it offers, including participating in the FRC Action PAC which can support candidates who will advance faith, family and freedom!"

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Filed under: Michael Steele • Popular Posts • RNC • Tony Perkins
March 31st, 2010
08:35 PM ET
5 years ago

Conservative leader tells donors to stop giving to RNC

Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council has asked followers to refrain from donating to the RNC.
Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council has asked followers to refrain from donating to the RNC.

(CNN) – The head of an influential social conservative organization urged supporters Wednesday to stop donating to the Republican National Committee and instead contribute to its own coffers or to candidates with like-minded goals.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, made the plea in his "Washington Update" column posted on the organization's Web site following the revelation that the RNC paid for a night out at a risqué Hollywood nightclub.

"I've hinted at this before, but now I am saying it - don't give money to the RNC," Perkins wrote in his column. "If you want to put money into the political process, and I encourage you to do so, give directly to candidates who you know reflect your values. Better yet, become a member of FRC Action and learn about the benefits it offers, including participating in the FRC Action PAC which can support candidates who will advance faith, family and freedom!"
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Filed under: Extra • Michael Steele • RNC • Tony Perkins
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