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PRO-ABORT REPUBLICANS ATTACK REPUBLICAN PRO-LIFE CANDIDATE

Mon Aug 31, 1998 - 12:15 pm EST

BINGHAMTON, NY, Aug 31 (LSN) - Last week a group of prominent pro-abortion Republicans began running slanderous ad campaigns against Republican candidate and pro-life leader Randall Terry. Terry, former leader of Operation Rescue, noted that the US$31,215 ads were paid for by the “Foundation for Responsible Government,” which he says is a front group for the Republican Leadership Council.  Taking a joke which Terry had made in a 1993 sermon out of context, the commercials painted him as an extremist hate monger. The Republican ads quoted Terry as saying, “I want you to just let a wave of intolerance wash over you. Let some hate wash over you. Yes, hatred is good.”  The ads failed to note that Terry was referring to the intolerance and hatred of injustice, leaving the distinct impression that he was referring to people. Attempting to defend their misrepresentation, Mark Miller, executive director of both the Republican Leadership Council and the not-for-profit Foundation for Responsible Government, said, “There are a lot of things [Terry’s] said that he probably wishes he hadn’t said, but I think those words speak for themselves.”  The ads, however, are also being condemned by Terry’s critics. Douglas Walter Drazen, who is competing against Terry in the Republican primary denounced the attacks by the pro-abortion Republicans saying that if such tactics continued voters would turn to the Democratic Party. “Why would anyone on Earth vote for the Republican Party? Voters will say this is a stinking cesspool.”  The Republican Leadership Council’s advisory board includes Gov. George E. Pataki, U.S. Sen. Alfonse D’Amato, New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, California Gov. Pete Wilson, Massachusetts Gov. William Weld, Connecticut Gov. John Rowland, Michigan Gov. John Engler and Rep. Bill Paxton of Williamsville.


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