American Family Association’s Don Wildmon Endorses Gingrich
His public confession on Dr. James Dobson’s radio program nearly five years ago, the speech at the graduation ceremony of Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University, his much publicized conversion to Catholicism, his insistence on writing, making films and speechifying about the threat of a secularized America, may all have contributed to re-branding Newt Gingrich, from womanizing miscreant to redeemed sinner, in the eyes of the Religious Right.
Now, the personal endorsement of his run for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination by the Rev. Donald Wildmon, the founder and chairman emeritus of the Tupelo, Mississippi-based American Family Association — one of the most powerful Religious Right organizations in the country — and the founder of American Family Radio, may indicate that the disgraced former Speaker of the House’s long hard slog through the minefields of the Religious Right may be over.
Wildmon, who is expected to campaign for Gingrich in Iowa in the coming days, could provide a much-needed boost to his campaign.
“Newt Gingrich recognizes the threat to our country posed by judges and lawyers imposing values upon the country inconsistent with our religious heritage, and has proposed constitutional steps to bring the courts back in balance under the constitution,” Wildmon said in a statement.