Wealthy "Social Justice" Evangelicals Screen 2008 Republican Presidential Candidates
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Mon Aug 07, 2006 at 05:56:22 AM EST
"Legacy" organisation spotlighted
Time has a short article on an unknown evangelical organisation with influence in the Republican party (links added):
The least known but one of the most eagerly courted, screening committees for the next G.O.P. presidential nominee met recently in Colorado Springs, Colo., amid the panoramic opulence of the Broadmoor Hotel and Resort...The political group, called Legacy, aims for mystique: it has received no media attention and is unknown even on the Web. Yet all the marquee '08 Republican candidates have spoken to Legacy or met with its founders..."If you're running for President," said a close associate of President George W. Bush's, "it is the place to go."

...Legacy was started by two Dallas businessmen: Ray Washburne, a real estate and Tex-Mex-restaurant baron, and George Seay III, founder of the Seay Stewardship & Investment Co. and grandson of former Texas Governor Bill Clements. Its members are mostly young--in their 30s and 40s--and wealthy, through entrepreneurship, inheritance or both. They are Christians concerned with social justice, in the mold of Rick Warren of Purpose Driven Life fame, and practice their faith without, as a Broadmoor attendee put it, "quoting Leviticus"--a reference to the harder-edged rhetoric at other gatherings of social conservatives...


Washburne was the subject of a long profile in the Dallas Observer ten years ago; some of his business ventures (particularly a short-lived magazine named Texas Business) appear to have ended in acrimony. Forbes has some more recent details, while a short bio of Seay can be seen here.

(Hat tip: Raw Story. Cross-posted to my blog.)




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Richard - this is big news. I'll publicize it as best I can. RAW Story caught the Time piece but did not highlight why the new group was significant and so your addition is what gives this legs. Otherwise, this new group would be - to even moderately well versed students of politics -  but another meaningless species of wildlife.

by Bruce Wilson on Mon Aug 07, 2006 at 12:13:25 PM EST
Thanks. I'm still not sure how significant this actually is, but it's certainly worth looking into. I wonder what extent the notorious Texas GOP is involved?

by Richard Bartholomew on Mon Aug 07, 2006 at 12:26:06 PM EST
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Maybe other TTA members will have insight. But I think this is very significant. This new group of young-turk would-be knigmakers may have made the strategic assessment to jettison parts of the Christian right / GOP agenda of the past twenty years.

My take on that, if true, would be that it's an exciting sign that could be a harbinger that the most regressive elements of the GOP agenda are being jettisoned.....

Or, maybe it's a facade. Time will tell. I'd want to know more on the backgrounds of the members of this group before taking any firmer position.

by Bruce Wilson on Mon Aug 07, 2006 at 12:36:58 PM EST
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