Former Connecticut House Majority Leader David Pudlin, a prominent Lamont supporter, joins Welton in discussing the Lamont victory, and more specifically, how religion played a role in the Lamont campaign.
With the recent appointment of a new director of the president’s faith-based initiative — which has illegally established government-funded religion — Welton welcomes the input of former deputy director of the office, David Kuo, who in 2003 resigned in protest.
“The White House named a new director to the office, and sent out a press release at 7 p.m. one Thursday evening, and demoted the person’s position in the office, and I think that speaks volumes on what they intend to do with the initiative going forward,” Kuo says.
Kuo also expresses his frustration with the partisan lines that have been drawn around religion. “I’m deeply disappointed that Democrats haven’t been more explicitly embracing of people of faith, and I’m very disappointed that Republicans have been continually dismissive of programs to care for the poor. Nothing changes, it seems.”
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