Tuesday, June 27, 2000

Bauer continues to serve causes

By Patrick Crowley
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FORT MITCHELL — Republican Gary Bauer has not had any trouble staying busy since dropping out of the presidential race four months ago.

        The Newport native, who left the campaign after a disappointing finish in the New Hampshire primary, has jumped back hard into his old life as fund-raiser for Republican causes and sometime political pundit. “I'm doing what I've always done, and that's speak out for the issues that are important to the people in this country,” Mr. Bauer said Monday from his Arlington, Va., office. “I'm continuing to work on behalf of people for pro-life, pro-family, conservative causes and issues in our nation.”

        Before running for president Mr. Bauer — a domestic policy advisor and undersecretary of education in the Reagan administration — headed two groups active in socially conservative causes and politics.

        He was president of the Family Research Council, a conservative public-policy organization based in Washington. Mr. Bauer also headed Campaign for Working Families, a Political Action Committee that under Mr. Bauer's leadership became one of the largest PAC's in the nation by raising more than $7 million for mostly Republican candidates, parties and issues.

        Mr. Bauer took leaves of absence from both organizations while running for president. And while he has re turned to running and raising money for his PAC, Mr. Bauer has left the Family Research Council.

        r He has restarted American Values, a group he founded that has been dormant for several years. Like the Family Research Council, Mr. Bauer's American Values organization will focus on a variety of topics and issues related to conservative causes and Republican politics.

        For instance, Mr. Bauer will spend Wednesday on Capitol Hill with Dr. Laura Schlessinger, the conservative author and radio talk show host.

        Mr. Bauer said he and Dr. Schlessinger will meet with a number of leading Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott and House GOP leaders Dick Armey and Tom DeLay, both of Texas.

        The main reason Mr. Bauer said he choose not to return to the Family Research Council was political.

        “I was at the Family Research Council for 10 years, and I felt I really helped build it into a powerhouse,” Mr. Bauer said. “But I want to stay involved in politics, and with the way the council is set up, I could not do that as easily as I can with my own group.

        “So American Values will operate as a non-profit education group that will be allow me to do speaking, traveling and research on the issues I want to focus on,” he said.

        Chuck Donovan, the current head of the Family Research Council, said Monday that Mr. Bauer and the organization “parted company on good terms.”

        “I worked with Gary for 10 years here,” Mr. Donovan said. “ But I think he got a good taste of political competition. We don't play partisan politics, but Gary wanted to stay in that arena.”

        Mr. Bauer is also raising his profile as a political pundit.

        He is close to announcing a deal to write a book on the presidential campaign — he is the author of three previous books - and is going to serve as an unpaid commentator for FOX News during the Republican National Convention this summer in Philadelphia.

        “I believe there is a big place for Gary Bauer at the main table of the Republican Party,” said Hayes Robertson, a GOP campaign strategist from Covington.


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