Politico Web Site Under Fire for Bashing Pro-Life Group’s New Leaders

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 13, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Politico Web Site Under Fire for Bashing Pro-Life Group’s New Leaders

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
May 13
, 2008

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The political web site Politico has built a fairly solid reputation in a short time but that high regard could begin to crumble thanks to a blog post bashing a prominent pro-life group. Politico is chastising the Susan B. Anthony List for making two supporters of Mitt Romney as its new co-chairs.

Filed under the categories of "antics" and "shenanigans," Politico wrote about SBA naming Barbara Comstock and Cesar Conda as two of the new leaders of the organization.

"Conservatives seem to be snickering over the latest Susan B. Anthony List update," Politico wrote. It said "heads are shaking at the news" because Romney formerly supported abortion before becoming a Republican presidential candidate.

To back up its contention, Politico cited just one source — an unnamed pro-life advocate calling himself a "real conservative" — bashing the Susan B. Anthony List for having the pro-life advocates come on board as leaders even though they supported Romney in the GOP primary.

Romney is also planned as a headliner for a $500-a-person fundraising event to raise money to support pro-life candidates in the 2008 election cycle.

“Having Romney headline a SBA event doesn’t pass the laugh test in town among real conservatives,” the unnamed source said. “Two senior Romney people in charge of the SBA? Are they trying to kill the institution?”

Pro-life advocates were split on whether Romney had made a full-fledged switch to the pro-life position after advocating abortion for most of his political career.

But, Kathryn Jean Lopez of National Review says Politico is simply trying to cause a split within the pro-life community with the blog post.

She says Barbara Comstock is "as pro-life as they come. As is her business partner at Corallo Comstock."

Lopez says Comstock "has been both a longtime behind-the-scenes mover-and-shaker and an energetic public face on the Right — could be offered as a dictionary definition."

"The idea that Romney and Comstock and Cesar Conda aren’t credible Susan B. Anthony List partners is not a serious contention. The Politico item is silly [and] whomever it is complaining about Romney to the Politico’s Anne Schroeder needs to move on," Lopez added.

Lopez says regardless of how pro-life advocates feel about how genuine Romney is on the issue of abortion, that he is willing to help raise money to support pro-life candidates should be welcomed.

"Romney says he’s pro-life. He’s talked about the issue better than most of the candidates who ran this cycle (remember him talking about how it hurts women?)," she concluded.

"The governor, who happens to be a fundraising machine, wants to raise money for the cause. What exactly does he have to do to prove he’s where he says he is?"