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April 22nd, 2009

Pataki Rails Against Judicial Activism On the Eve of His Iowa Visit

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Written by: Craig Robinson
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patakiFormer New York Governor George Pataki will be in Iowa today. Pataki is expected to deliver a sweltering criticism of President Obama’s first three months in office when he speaks tonight at the American Future Fund’s lecture series at Drake University.

In a conference call yesterday with reporters, Pataki came out strongly in support of traditional marriage. Kay Henderson, the News Director of Radio Iowa, asked Pataki about same-sex marriage which is and issue here and in Pataki’s home state of New York. Below is Pataki’s answer to Henderson’s question:

“I happen to believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. That was the law in New York when I was there and it’s still the law today and I think it is the appropriate law,” Pataki said.

“But I think there is another issue here and that is the whole question of judicial activism…The governor is proposing legislation, it’s passed the state assembly — that’s the way to make policy determinations. You want to have the elected representatives of the people vote when you’re making important policy decisions. You don’t want — in most cases — unelected judges, unaccountable judges declare by dictate what they believe policy should be. When that happens, we have removed the elected representatives of the people from their primary role which is to determine policy and pass legislation.

“So on the issue itself I think marriage is between a man and a woman and should continue to be between a man and a woman. On what happened when a court determines otherwise…whether you agree with the decision, whether agree with the action they took or not, it is wrong for the judiciary to overstep its appropriate role and to take away from the elected officials their right to set the policy of the state and our country.”

Henderson also asked Pataki about the recent comments by McCain advisor Steve Schmidt, who recently came out in favor of same-sex marriage and wants Republicans to drop the issue. You can read Pataki’s answer on Henderson’s blog by clicking here.

When asked if his visit to Iowa indicates that he might be looking to run for President in 2012, Pataki said that he wants to help the Americans Future Fund elect conservative candidates in 2009 and 2010.

The American Future Fund Lecture Series is open to the public.

American Future Fund Lecture Series

Featuring Former New York Governor George Pataki
Wednesday, April 22, 2009, 7 p.m.

Drake University Law School
Cartright Hall, Room 213
2621 Carpenter Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa

Click here to RSVP

About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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