Con­ser­va­tive group to train po­lit­i­cal ac­tivists

The Covington News - - THE SECOND FRONT - GABRIEL KHOULI gkhouli@cov­

Con­ser­va­tives who want to be­come more in­volved in the national po­lit­i­cal arena can at­tend an ac­tivist train­ing event be­ing hosted by the Her­itage Ac­tion for Amer­ica group, a sis­ter or­ga­ni­za­tion of the Her­itage Foun­da­tion.

Her­itage Ac­tion is host­ing a “Skills Clinic” from 6-8 p.m. Thurs­day at the His­toric Court­house in Cov­ing­ton, where the group’s Re­gional Co­or­di­na­tor El­iz­a­beth BeS­hears will be re­cruit­ing and equip­ping con­ser­va­tive ac­tivists in the area.

“We will be cov­er­ing the ac­tivist tool kit from so­cial me­dia to can­vass­ing and is­sue-based town halls and home meet­ings,” BeS­hears said in a Thurs­day email.

Ac­cord­ing to the event’s web­site — cov­ing­ton­ — where peo­ple can reg­is­ter for the clinic, it will help peo­ple “en­gage in national pol­i­tics in an ef­fec­tive and time-ef­fi­cient man­ner” by us­ing print me­dia, in­clud­ing let­ters to the edi­tor, so­cial me­dia, and com­mu­ni­cat­ing with and meet­ing with con­gress­men and their rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

BeS­hears said 32 peo­ple have signed up for the event to date.

Ac­cord­ing to pro­mo­tional videos on the group’s web­site — her­itageac­ — the mis­sion is to in­crease knowl­edge among cit­i­zens who can then in­flu­ence their con­gres­sional rep­re­sen­ta­tives to sup­port con­ser­va­tive agen­das.

One video says conser- va­tive cit­i­zens ef­forts will help “push back” on lob­by­ing by lib­eral spe­cial in­ter­est groups.

Be­fore peo­ple re­ceive full use of Her­itage Ac­tion’s re­sources, they ei­ther need to be ac­tive in their com­mu­ni­ties or take steps to de­velop a cir­cle of in­flu­ence as ac­tivists. Once they show that com­mit­ment, they’ll be­come “Her­itage Sen­tinels” and have ac­cess to more re­sources.

New­ton County GOP First Vice Chair­man Bill Perug­ino is a Sen­tinel, which is one rea­son an event is be­ing held here. n.

“We, as cit­i­zens, need to spread a pos­i­tive mes­sage of pre­serv­ing the Con­sti­tu­tion and con­ser­va­tive val­ues if we are to re­turn our coun­try to the vi­sion of our Found­ing Fa­thers,” Perug­ino said in an email. “There is cru­cial need for a true grass­roots move­ment to hold elected of­fi­cials ac­count­able, de­mand fis­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity, limit govern­ment in­tru­sion into our lives, and re­build pros­per­ity so all can achieve the Amer­i­can dream.”

Her­itage Ac­tion’s web­site also con­tains score­cards for all con­gress­men. U.S. Rep. Hank John­son, D-Ga., who rep­re­sents western New­ton County, has a 14 per­cent score when it comes to sup­port­ing con­ser­va­tive val­ues, ac­cord­ing to the group, while U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga., who rep­re­sents eastern New­ton County, has a 94 per­cent score. Ge­or­gia’s U.S. se­na­tors Saxby Cham­b­liss and Johnny Isak­son have 55 per­cent and 51 per­cent scores, re­spec­tively.

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