By Jim Stanford on January 4, 2012
Here’s Rick Santorum celebrating last night his victory in the Iowa GOP caucus
(later revised as an eight-vote win for Mitt Romney).
And who’s that standing behind Santorum on the stage but Jackson Hole financier Foster Friess.
Friess, he of the recent Income Inequality is Good for Everyone blog post, has been a longtime supporter of Santorum, the evangelical former Pennsylvania senator much derided for his remarks about gay sex. Friess organized a fund-raiser for Santorum at Tucker Ranch in 2004 that netted more than $500,000 for his failed re-election bid and charitable foundation.
Milczewski has held some sad-sack jobs for the Wyoming GOP, including press secretary for Barbara Cubin, but his analysis of the Iowa caucus has been astute. “Iowa is meaningless. Watching Family Guy reruns for the next week will give you just as much insight into who the nominee will be,” he wrote.
The latest infatuation of Republicans seeking Anyone But Mitt, Santorum led the fight in the Senate for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. “I would argue that the future of our country hangs in the balance because the future of marriage hangs in the balance,” he said at the time. “Isn’t that the ultimate homeland security, standing up and defending marriage?”
That, and his staunch support of the Iraq War and Bush-Cheney administration, promptly got him tossed out by Pennsylvania voters.
Dick Cheney was among the attendees of the 2004 fund-raiser, drawing a protest outside Tucker Ranch. Santorum, whose efforts to mix religion and politics got him dubbed the “Mullah Omar of Pennsylvania,” was upset when negative publicity followed him to Wyoming and complained to his golf caddy, also a journalist, at Teton Pines about local media coverage.