In 2004, Deal Hudson stepped down from his Catholic advisory position in George W. Bush's re-election campaign after allegations surfaced that he solicited an improper sexual encounter with an 18-year old Fordham University freshman. According to the National Catholic Reporter, which broke the story in August 2004, the incident happened in Hudson's campus office after a night of heavy drinking and resulted in a legal settlement and Hudson's loss of his tenured professorship.
Unlike George Bush, Senator McCain seems to think Hudson's value to the campaign outweighs other moral concerns, and has brought Hudson onto the "Catholics For McCain National Steering Committee." Catholics United believes that figures like Hudson should not be honored with such official positions, and is asking Senator McCain to remove Hudson from his team of Catholic advisors.
Click here to sign a petition asking McCain to make sure his Catholic advisors represent authentic Catholic values
Deal Hudson's record as a powerful figure in the Catholic far right - as well as his apparent contempt for our church's social teachings - is legendary. In 2000 he worked with Karl Rove to create a White House Catholic Working Group - a group, he bragged in his recent book Onward Christian Soldiers, which deliberately shut the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops out of high-level policy discussions. Last year Hudson attacked the Vatican for taking action against climate change, and claimed that our Church was simply "jumping on the global warming wagon."
It's time to end the politics of division embodied by the likes of Deal Hudson, and to protect the Catholic faith from being manipulated to serve a narrow partisan agenda. Join us in calling on Senator McCain to do the right thing and remove Deal Hudson from his Catholic steering committee.
James, Kaitlyn, and Chris
The Catholics United Team
For more information:
"The Real Deal: How a philosophy professor with a checkered past became the most influential Catholic layman in George W. Bush's Washington" - National Catholic Reporter
"Bush Campaign Adviser Quits as Sexual Misconduct Case Is Recalled" - New York Times