Obama Campaign Hires Staffer to Corral Catholic Voters

Politics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 18, 2012   |   11:15AM   |   Washington, DC

The presidential campaign of pro-abortion President Barack Obama has hired a new staffer whose job description will be to corral Catholic and Evangelical voters. The hiring comes at a time when Obama is enduring heavy criticism for not only his pro-abortion record but the HHS mandate his administration put in place requiring pro-life and religious groups that pay for birth control and drugs that may cause abortions for their employees.

Michael Wear, currently the executive assistant to the executive director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, will join the Obama campaign as faith vote coordinator, according to a CNN report. The report indicates the Obama campaign hired Wear specifically to mute some of the criticism Obama is facing:

Wear, who was raised a Catholic but now attends a nondenominational, evangelical-style church in Washington, has spearheaded White House outreach to evangelicals and has focused on policy issues like adoption throughout Obama’s first term.

A source close to the campaign said the decision to hire a faith-focused staffer was provoked largely by continuing criticism of the administration from America’s Roman Catholic bishops and conservative Catholic organizations.

“I don’t think the campaign originally had this position in its box,” said a source close to the campaign, who refused to speak on the record because the person was discussing sensitive issues.

“But persistent opposition from Catholic groups sent the message that this was something (the campaign) had to think about longer-term,” the source said.

But, the Obama campaign shouldn’t expect the criticism to go away merely because it hired a staff to paint a pretty picture of Obama’s record against religious freedom and the pro-life teachings of the Catholic Church.

Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan B. Anthony List says pro-life voters won’t be fooled because Obama is the “abortion president.”

“From day one of his presidency, Obama has imposed his radical pro-abortion, agenda on us,” she said. “Obama and his supporters say that pro-life Americans are waging a “War on Women,” but the truth is, there is actually a war on us. These are facts: Obama is using your tax dollars to pay for abortions, abortion-inducing drugs, and government-mandated health care. He must be stopped.”

“From funding Planned Parenthood, the nation’s #1 abortion provider, at every turn, to making taxpayer funding of abortion a part of “health care” reform with ObamaCare, President Obama truly is the Abortion President,” she added.

Dannenfelser continued:  “He’s shown us a glimpse of how his plan to expand abortion works — he’ll use ObamaCare to funnel hundreds of millions of dollars into Planned Parenthood and their subsidiaries during a second term in the White House. This massive infusion of funds will permit abortion providers to end the lives of even more unborn children — all using your tax dollars.”

“President Obama, his allies and the mainstream media are the ones who’ve started this “War on Women” and pro-life America but I’ve got some news for him… we’re going to finish it,” she concluded.