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December 2nd, 2011
 

Santorum Earns Support of Influential Sioux City Pastor

Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, Republican candidate for President, will today receive the Iowa Caucuses endorsement of a Sioux City evangelical leader who was prominent in the defeat of three Iowa Supreme Court justices in statewide retention elections one year ago.  Rev. Cary K. Gordon, President of PeaceMakers Institute and pastor of Sioux City’s Cornerstone Church will make his endorsement by online video, via text messaging starting Friday morning, to 788,000 cell phones owned by registered Iowa voters or by residents of Iowa’s 5th Congressional District where Gordon lives.

In his endorsement video, expected to pop-up on I-Phones, Droids and other such “smart phones” this weekend, Gordon emphatically rejects frontrunners Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney, while urging Iowans to support Santorum – in part because Santorum has declared he would include fellow GOP Presidential contender, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, at the top of his administrative team.   U.S. Rep. Steve King, Congressman for the 5th District, has yet to make his own Presidential endorsement.

Rev. Gordon received national attention last year for “Project Jeremiah,” a statewide campaign involving a controversial letter he sent to over 1,000 Iowa churches. It called for the removal of the three Iowa State Supreme Court Justices for their abuse of judicial authority in imposing same-sex marriage upon Iowans, while promising pro-bono legal defense for any Iowa church harassed by the I.R.S. for exercising their rights to free speech in the pulpit. The Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State in Washington, D.C., called Gordon’s actions one of the most outrageous attempts to politicize a church that he has ever seen.

Off-camera, Gordon said Santorum and Bachmann’s swift July responses to the Iowa Family Leader’s Marriage Vow – a sweeping political pledge document that addresses issues ranging from adultery and marital fidelity, homosexual unions and gay health issues, U.S. monogamy and Islamist polygamy, fatherless children and U.S. military policy – has been extremely important to his decision.  Gordon noted that only Santorum, Bachmann and Texas Gov. Rick Perry have signed the document, while frontrunner Gingrich, the former U.S. House Speaker, has rejected both the Iowa vow and the National Organization for Marriage pledge against same-sex unions. The Iowa Caucuses endorsement of the Family Leader and its president, 2010 GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats, a crucial ally of Gordon’s in the defeat of the justices, isstill pending.

In his text-messaged endorsement, also viewable today online in 3-minute (http://vimeo.com/32933133) and 20-minute versions (http://vimeo.com/32927260), Gordon said, “I have thoroughly vetted every candidate that is currently running for president, and I have come to a conclusion that there are only two people currently in this race that have faithfully championed the legitimate solutions necessary to get this country back on course. With only a month until the Iowa Caucuses, “it is abundantly necessary that the conservative community coalesce behind only one of … two great candidates,” Santorum and Bachmann. Santorum’s recent declaration of his aim to make Bachmann a vital part of a Santorum administration made Gordon’s decision much easier, he said. “I want them both in the White House!”

Santorum and Bachmann, Gordon says, have both pledged to reinstate the military’s longstanding “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy against open homosexuality, reversed earlier this year by President Obama.  “Rick and Michele would make a great GOP match, and would defend Judeo-Christian monogamy, while I think it’s increasingly clear Gingrich simply cannot be trusted with the institution of marriage in any sense,” Gordon said. “I think the 2010 Esquire interview with Newt’s second ex-wife and former mistress was very troubling,” he said.  During his recorded interview, Gordon also praised Santorum for championing a Personhood Amendment to the Constitution, something the pastor said was necessary if Americans wished to “stop the barbaric evil of abortion once and for all.” Gordon also stated, “Rick Santorum is committed to rescuing this nation from economic disaster, and that’s good news for everyone concerned about their families.”

3 min. clip – Interview with Rev. Cary Gordon – Presidential Endorsement from Tim Hicks on Vimeo.

Full length – Interview with Rev. Cary Gordon – Presidential Endorsement from Tim Hicks on Vimeo.

PHOTO BY DAVE DAVIDSON, PREZOGRAPHY.COM

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