True Blue (in the Face)

November 03, 2011

According to Family Research Council Action (the political action committee of the James Dobson-founded Family Research Council), Republican Representative Joe Walsh is a family man. He was named a "True Blue" pro-family member of Congress for his "unwavering support of the family." As the president of both the Family Research Council and the Family Research Council Action, Tony Perkins, explained:

We thank Cong. Walsh who has voted consistently to defend faith, family and freedom. ... Cong. Walsh and other 'True Blue Members' have voted to repeal Obamacare, de-fund Planned Parenthood, end government funding for abortion within the health care law, uphold the Defense of Marriage Act, and continue support for school choice. I applaud their commitment to uphold the institutions of marriage and family.
That all sounds nice except for Perkins left out one little fact--Walsh's ex-wife has accused him of owing more than $100,000 in late child support payments. It seems hard to believe that a Christian group would just ignore such an issue as they put together their list of "pro-family" congresspeople. Shouldn't personal actions mean as much as public claims? Surely the Dobson-founded group can find more worthy politicians to praise. And surely they could create a more holistic way of measuring this--something that would not just look at votes but also consider the way one talks about the issue and the way one lives. To look merely at votes--which is the simple standard many advocacy organizations use--can create a misleading picture and can create embarrassing moments like the recognition of Walsh.