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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Tim Goeglein on Miers - "You're going to be thrilled"

The Los Angeles Times reports on how Fort Wayne native Tim Goeglein gained the support Anaheim's Rev. Louis P. Sheldon, chairman of the Traditional Values Coalition, for the nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court. Tim is Special Assistant to President George W. Bush and Deputy Director of the Office of Public Liaison.

Reporters Maura Reynolds and Edward Chen wrote:
Sheldon said he had been in frequent contact with White House officials about Miers, beginning with an early-morning call from White House evangelical liaison Tim Goeglein on Monday, the day Bush announced his pick. "He said, 'Lou, you're going to be thrilled,' " Sheldon said.

Asked if his conversations with administration officials left him sure that Miers would help achieve evangelicals' goal of overturning Roe vs. Wade — the 1973 high court decision establishing a right to abortion — Sheldon was coy.

"I don't want to answer that question because I don't want to create a negative reaction among some Democrats who have already signed on to her," he said. "But I can only tell you that the more I'm hearing and making phone calls to friends who go to her church and know her, the more comfortable I'm feeling."
However, the report also noted the uphill climb that Goeglein faces in expanding that support:
Other religious conservatives were unconvinced. Family Research Council President Tony Perkins e-mailed supporters Friday expressing concerns about Miers' role in organizing a lecture series at her alma mater Southern Methodist University. The series featured what he described as "an apparently unbroken string of pro-abortion speakers."
Tim Goeglein is scheduled to speak later this month at the Allen County Right to Life's 8th Annual Banquet for Life on Thursday, October 27th. The event will be held at the Grand Wayne Center.

Peter Wallsten was a contributor to the Los Angeles Times story.

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