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JUNE 2, 1999  5:40 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Amber Khan at 202-639-6370 ext. 109
Pat Robertson Reclaims Power At Christian Coalition, Tate's Move to DC Reflects Re-Energized Strategy and Focus on 2000
 
WASHINGTON - June 2 - The Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy, a national religious leader in the Baptist tradition and Executive Director of the Interfaith Alliance released the following statement in response to the recent changes in leadership at the Christian Coalition reported by the Associated Press.

"Yesterday the Associated Press reported that Christian Coalition President and Founder Pat Robertson has moved Executive Director Randy Tate into the newly created role of senior vice-president for government relations, moving his responsibilities and focus from the national headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia to the Coalition's lobbying offices in Washington, DC.

"To interpret this most recent change in the Christian Coalition's leadership as disarray or a sign of confusion would be a mistake. The internal realignment reflects an intense concentration of power, decision-making, and influence. Pat Robertson has streamlined the chain of command so that he is at the top and center of the organization. Now Robertson can implement his well-known vision and extreme agenda into the day to day operations without contradiction and most importantly, with immediacy.

"Eight months ago voters across the country rejected the Christian Coalition's policy positions and their unethical strategy of manipulating houses of worship for partisan gain. Instead of retreating, Robertson is renewing and re-energizing his efforts in preparation for the 2000 elections. In early May, Robertson unveiled the Coalition's voter mobilization campaign for the 2000 election cycle - 21 Victory. The centerpiece of the 21 Victory campaign includes the distribution of 70 million partisan and biased voter guides in houses of worship.

"Clearly, Randy Tate's new mission is to strengthen the Coalition's already powerful influence in Congress and shore up support for the Coalition's extreme agenda. Sending Tate to Washington is part of a re-energized, renewed and radical focus on winning big in the 2000 elections.

The Interfaith Alliance is a national grassroots organization of people of faith and goodwill dedicated to promoting mutual respect, cooperation and civility in the life of our nation. From these shared principles, TIA challenges those who manipulate religion to promote divisive and exclusionary political agendas. With a membership of 80,000, and local clergy-led Alliances in 38 states, The Interfaith Alliance is encouraging the active involvement of people of faith and goodwill in civic life.

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