ConservativeHQ, Richard Viguerie to Donald Trump: No Chris Christie, Michael Flynn, Paul Ryan for VP
ConservativeHQ Chairman Richard A. Viguerie and a group of prominent conservative leaders have begun to circulate an open letter to presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump spelling out the reasons why selecting an anti-conservative Republican vice presidential nominee, such a New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, retired Lt. General Michael Flynn or Speaker Paul Ryan could fatally cripple Trump’s hard-won support from cultural conservatives.
“This is the most important decision you will make between now and Election Day and if you don’t get it right it will crash your campaign and crush your chances of defeating Hillary Clinton,” said Richard Viguerie, Chairman of ConservativeHQ.com.
“To close the deal with right-of-center voters, your choice of Vice President is the clearest and most important signal you can send to conservatives that you will govern as a conservative.”
The full letter from the Virginia-based group can be found here.
“Mr. Trump, in the past several election cycles millions of conservative voters have stayed home because the Republican candidate for President failed to campaign as a conservative. Conservatives are not a wing of the Republican Party – we are the Republican Party.”
Richard A. Viguerie transformed American politics in the 1960s and ’70s by pioneering the use of direct mail fundraising in the political and ideological spheres. He used computerized direct mail fundraising to help build the conservative movement, which then elected Ronald Reagan as the first conservative president of the modern era. As the “Funding Father of the conservative movement,” Viguerie motivated millions of Americans to participate in politics for the first time, greatly expanding the base of active citizenship. He is our era’s equivalent of Tom Paine, using a direct mail letter rather than a pamphlet to deliver his call to arms. George magazine credited this as one of the defining political moments of the 20th Century.