Tony Perkins sits in a state-of-the art studio at the Family Research Council’s headquarters in Washington, firing questions at new Louisiana Senator David Vitter for a weekly radio show broadcast over 150 stations nationwide.
Perkins praises Vitter for making history as the first Republican elected to the Senate from Louisiana since the Reconstruction era. But he also leaves Vitter with this message: You’ve voted 100 percent of the time to support the council’s conservative agenda during your five-year House career, and “we anticipate” similar results now that you’re in the Senate.
Since President Bush won reelection and Republicans increased their majorities in the House and Senate—developments Perkins credits largely to “values voters” concerned about gay marriage and the continuation of policies that “promote abortion on demand”—the Family Research Council president has not been subtle in suggesting it’s payback time for Bush and the GOP Congress.
A. M. Stroud III, a former prosecutor in Louisiana, expresses regret for the role he played in sending Glenn Ford to death row in 1984. “I was 33 years old. I was arrogant, judgmental, narcissistic and very full of myself. I was not as interested in justice as I was in winning.” Stroud says he presented dubious evidence from a forensic pathologist, precluded black jurors from the trial (Ford, since exonerated, is black), and ignored the fact that the appointed defense attorney had never before tried a criminal or capital case. “I . . . hope that providence will have more mercy for me than I showed Glenn Ford,” Stroud said in a letter to the editor of the Times of Shreveport. “But, I’m also sobered by the realization that I certainly am not deserving of it” (ABA Journal, March 25).