The GOP Establishment is Dead for Good
In an article that appeared in the Christian Science Monitor on Tuesday, former GOP Sen. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) revealed that he had resigned from his post as chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition and that the organization he led was “going to be dead by the end of the week.”
The news comes just two days after former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who is now running for the presidency again, announced that he would be stepping down from his position as chairman.
Walsh, who was once a vocal critic of Romney, said in the article that the GOP establishment is dead for good, because it “loves and is driven by white supremacists.”
“The GOP has become a party of white supremacists,” Walsh wrote.
“Its politics have become a tool for white supremacists and the alt-right.”
The Republican Party, Walsh argued, has become so beholden to big donors that it is “so desperate to make money that it has become complicit in enabling and enabling these groups.”
In his resignation, Walsh said he had “received the blessing of my colleagues in the Senate and the Senate leadership,” but that he was “not willing to participate in a political party that has lost its way and that is unwilling to listen to those who are concerned about this issue.”
He said he believes that the party should focus more on its core values and be more focused on helping those in need, which he said should include the LGBTQ community.
“The Republicans have failed us, but they have failed themselves,” Walsh said.
“The Republicans will fail the LGBTQ and the poor, but that will not change until we stop accepting their policies and their leadership.”
The Faith and Liberty Coalition, a nonprofit organization Walsh led for five years, was founded in 2003 by former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, R-S.D., and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.
The organization, which was started by Gingrich and Daschles father, Sen. Bob Daschlic, R.I., was instrumental in getting President George W. Bush and other GOP leaders to support the Family Research Council’s effort to pass an anti-LGBTQ hate crime law.
“In 2004, Daschlces group helped create the Faith & Freedom Coalition, which, along with other conservative Christian groups, helped push through the Family and Religious Freedom Act,” the Center for Southern Baptist Studies noted in its report on the group.
The legislation would have required states to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.
It was the first major piece of legislation passed by the GOP Congress.
“It has been the cornerstone of the right-wing coalition for decades,” the report said.
The Republican National Committee has since backed off its support for the legislation.
But the Faith And Liberty Coalition was a major player in helping to secure the legislation and, according to the report, it was responsible for “coordinating with conservative media outlets like Fox News, Breitbart and Newsmax.”
The Freedom Caucus, which holds the gavel in the U.S. Senate, has long supported the Family Values Coalition and other conservative groups like it.
The Freedom Caucus has criticized Democrats who have criticized their support for LGBT rights and other rights.
The group’s leaders have also called for an end to same-sex marriage, and they have criticized Obama for not speaking out against the legislation or for standing up to Republicans in the House.
In the end, Walsh and his fellow Freedom Caucus members failed to bring about changes to the legislation, and it passed the House on Jan. 17, 2009.
The Senate voted on the bill on March 19, 2009, but a similar version of the legislation failed on a party-line vote.
The measure was vetoed by then-President George W, Bush, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), but it was reintroduced in 2010 by then Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell (R, Ky.).
The bill passed the Senate again on a voice vote, but it died in the Democratic-controlled House.
Wapshals resignation came amid a series of high-profile resignations by prominent conservatives over the past year.
In April, former House Speaker Dennis Hastert resigned from Congress after admitting to a “serial” pay-to-play scheme in which he made inappropriate advances toward women.
In August, Rep. Steve Scalise (R., La.) resigned after it was revealed that his aide, Alexandria Mayor Cedric Richmond, paid a prostitute $2,000 to have sex with him.
In June, former Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R.
Calif.) resigned as a result of allegations of sexual harassment.
McCarthy has said he was fired after allegations surfaced that he inappropriately touched a woman while working as a state lawmaker in California in 2011.