Mike Duncan Statement on Paul Weyrich

Posted: Dec 18, 2008 1:01 PM
The following statement was just released by Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan:

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Paul Weyrich, whose life work was instrumental in the development of conservative thought.  As the first president of the Heritage Foundation and respected leader of other conservative organizations and coalitions, Paul’s service to America has embodied and further advanced the Republican Party’s core values of limited government, lower taxes, and individual responsibility.  We are saddened by the passing of Paul Weyrich, but we know that his contributions will continue to resonate for generations.”

And Concerned Women of America sends this along:

Today, the nation has lost a conservative icon, a leader to leaders, Paul M. Weyrich. [# More #]

Paul Weyrich laid the foundation for the modern conservative movement.  A challenging writer and speaker, Mr. Weyrich advised Presidents and prominent leaders for over 40 years.

The Economist named Paul Weyrich “one of the conservative movement’s more vigorous thinkers.”  He co-founded the highly influential think tank, Heritage Foundation, and the Moral Majority.  As Chairman and CEO of the Free Congress Foundation, he coordinated coalitions to build a conservative force of Washington insider and grassroots activists.

Beverly LaHaye, Founder and Chairman of Concerned Women for America, said, “The conservative movement has lost a leader of unparalleled depth and breadth of influence.  Paul Weyrich, a giant of faith, was more than a vital force for uniting Judeo-Christian principles with democratic processes, he was also a warm and generous friend and a faithful follower of His Lord.  He leaves a great vacuum in the conservative movement.  I extend heartfelt condolences to his family and to all whose lives were profoundly touched by the high principles and deep faith of this singular man.”