Lisa De Pasquale

When I saw Katie Pavlich’s recent report of the video game that allows users to murder NRA President David Keene my first thought was whether his adult children had seen it. How about his grandchildren? If anti-Second Amendment zealots are trying to erase any last shred of compassion Americans might have for their side they’re doing a bang-up job.

I assume most Townhall readers support the Second Amendment and its steadfast defender, the National Rifle Association, as do I. However, I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you about my time working for the man these zealots are attacking.

While Keene was chairman of the American Conservative Union I worked with him as the Director of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) from June 2006 to April 2011. In planning the conference there were many ups and downs. I’m sure there were times when I disappointed Keene in some effort, but I can’t think of any significant time when he disappointed me.

During the five years I worked with Keene I was privy to the way he worked within the conservative movement. I saw him reason with people he didn’t like and who didn’t like him. I saw him defend people he may have disagreed with on issues because it was the right thing to do and no one else would.

One of the things I admire most about Keene is that he’s not one of these “Old Guard” members of the conservative movement who doesn’t value dissent or new blood. As the chairman of ACU and CPAC he fought to give everyone a seat at the table. Those like Jimmy LaSalvia and Chris Barron who endeavored to start a group that represented conservative gays and their allies. As well as leaders of the tea party movement who criticized his friends in Congress.


Lisa De Pasquale

Lisa De Pasquale is is a writer in Alexandria, VA. Miss De Pasquale was previously the director of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where she oversaw all aspects of the conference from June 2006 to April 2011. Prior to CPAC, she was the program director of the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute. In 2010, she was named a “Rising Star” by Campaigns & Elections magazine in their annual list of top political leaders under 35. She has written articles for Townhall.com and Townhall Magazine, Human Events, The Daily Caller, Washingtonian, the St. Augustine Record, The Washington Times, The Houston Chronicle, and the Tallahassee Democrat. Originally from Florida, Miss De Pasquale received a B.A. from Flagler College in St. Augustine.

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