This time it's David Kuo, the former number two person in the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. Kuo, a self-described conservative evangelical, offers the inside scoop on the administration's pursuit of Christian conservative votes even as they mocked them behind their backs.
The full story, Tempting Faith: An Inside Story of Political Seduction (Still unreleased, his book is currently the #13 Best Seller at Amazon), will be released on October 16. But MSNBC's Keith Olberman was able to obtain a copy early and shared some of it's insights on "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" on October 11th.
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Olbermann: ... The office was literally a taxpayer funded part of the Republican campaign machinery.
More: "White House Political Affairs Director Ken Mehlman, 'Loved the idea and gave us our marching orders. There were 20 targets.' Including Saxby Chambliss in Georgia, and John Shimkus in Illinois. Mehlman devised a cover-up for the operation. He told Kuo, 'It can't come from the campaigns, that would make it look too political. It needs to come from the congressional offices. We'll take care of that by having our guys call the office to request the visit'"
Republicans ended up winning 19 out of the 20 races. He also said the conferences affected the 2004 presidential campaign, with many of them contributing to Bush's margin of victory over Democratic challenger John Kerry in crucial battleground states like Ohio.
He said White House officials were careful to avoid the perception that they were politicizing the faith-based initiative.
Part IV,"Tempting Faith: Bush Admin Admits Discriminating Against Non-Christians"
KEYWORDS: David Kuo, Keith Olbermann, Tempting Faith, Bush Administration, Christian Right, Evangelical Christians, James Dobson, Focus on the Family, Moral Majority, Christian Coalition, Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, Lies, Elections, Republicans
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