Richard Viguerie on Wisconsin: Reagan's Advice Wins Again--Romney Should Pay Attention
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MANASSAS, Va., June 5, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- ConservativeHQ.com Chairman Richard A. Viguerie issued the following statement regarding the results of the recall election in Wisconsin:
"The real reason Governor Scott Walker won is simple and something that Mitt Romney and his presidential campaign team should take to heart. Walker won because he ran and governed as an unabashed principled, small government, constitutional conservative.
"The power of Walker's win could contribute greatly to a Romney victory in November if Mitt's campaign team can shake-off their moderate establishment Republican instincts and absorb its real lesson.
"Just as Ronald Reagan once described his vision of the Republican Party, Governor Walker's campaign was a campaign, not of pale pastels, but of bold conservative colors -- encouraging jobs and economic development, balancing the budget, reducing taxes, and streamlining the state's bureaucracy.
"By standing for conservative principles, Scott Walker traveled the trail Reagan blazed to victory in 1980 and 1984, that Newt Gingrich followed to the Contract with America victory in 1994, and the Tea Party took to win the wave election in 2010. These were big agenda-changing victories -- not skin of your teeth wins, such as Bush's in 2000 and 2004, where we traded one set of establishment players for another.
"Victory always has 1,000 fathers, but no amount of money or organization could have helped Scott Walker if he had not stuck with his conservative principles.
"Governor Walker's victory proves once again the lesson Republicans should have learned in 1980: Reagan's bold colors win elections. If Mitt Romney will adopt those bold conservative colors for his campaign and his administration, he will win, even in traditionally Democratic-leaning states like Wisconsin."
NOTE TO EDITORS: Richard A. Viguerie pioneered political direct mail and has been called "one of the creators of the modern conservative movement" (The Nation) and one of the "conservatives of the century" (Washington Times). He is the author of Conservatives Betrayed: How George W. Bush and Other Big Government Republicans Hijacked the Conservative Cause.