Magazine article Church & State

Focus on the Family Affiliates Train Candidates to Run for Office

Magazine article Church & State

Focus on the Family Affiliates Train Candidates to Run for Office

Article excerpt

State affiliates of the Religious Right powerhouse Focus on the Family (FOF) have begun to offer special training for people interested in seeking public office.

FOF's Citizen magazine reported last month on seminars held by affiliates in Colorado, Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana. The Colorado event attracted more than 70 people from eight states.

"We're not just looking to win a few races," Jessica Langfeldt, executive director of Colorado Family Action, said. "We're looking to build a movement."

Mark Montini, a Georgia-based political and communications consultant, was recruited to run the event. Montini's Web site says he is "considered by many to be one of America's brightest leaders in the areas of communication, marketing and politics."

Montini told attendees to be in it for the long haul.

"We put too much emphasis on who wins or loses," Montini said. "But what we're really after is cultural change. We're not here just to win campaigns; we're here to change the culture. Campaigns are simply a piece of a larger puzzle."

Montini said many people have avoided politics, considering it "dirty and all that." He added, "Political campaigns aren't the end-all, but they're our weakest link right now. And they're the only way we can hold elected officials accountable. It's a piece of the puzzle we must have if we're going to change the culture."

The story also quoted Rep. Bob Brechtel, a Republican who was elected to the Wyoming House of Representatives in 2002. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.