Friday, July 08, 2005

Interesting Item on Jay Timmons

John McCaslin's "Inside the Beltway" column has this item on the impending move of George Allen's right-hand guy, Jay Timmons, in September. This is the second move for Timmons, who left the National Republican Senatorial Committee after the successful 2004 campaign.

The question: Is this another move to distance Timmons from Allen because of the impact Timmons' rumored "lifestyle" issues might have upon the religious conservatives who form the backbone of the GOP base? Or is it simply an effort by Timmons to get some broader seasoning before being brought back for Allen's 2008 presidential bid? Some other reason (maybe just to make some real money)?

I tend to think the second reason. Like others, Timmons has never advanced the far-Left agenda associated with his "lifestyle" issues, and therefore, I have never known any religious conservatives who hold them against him, or Allen. Contrary to the MSM caricature, religious conservatives in my experience have more of a "live and let live" attitude towards such individuals, so long as they don't demand that society and its mores change to accommodate their perversion.

But I hardly believe that this is the end of the Allen/Timmons political axis.

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