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Hillyer Enters the Race
Spectator columnist Quin Hillyer is running for Congress in Alabama’s first district.

Quin Hillyer

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Deroy Murdock

The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol observes that “there will undoubtedly be other candidates for the GOP nomination in this strongly Republican district, and some of them will surely be well qualified. But I feel confident in saying now that none is likely to be able to contribute more to the conservative future as a member of Congress than Quin Hillyer.” 

“I’ve gotten to know Quin over the last few years and have been enormously impressed with his willingness to advance the conservative cause fearlessly and without hesitation,” said 2012 GOP presidential contender and former U.S. senator Rick Santorum (R., Pennsylvania) in a formal endorsement. “As a critic of Washington business-as-usual, Quin will bring to Congress that same courageous approach as an advocate for free markets, limited government, and reform of the welfare and tax system.”

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While Hillyer agrees with social conservatives on most topics, he avoids the public religiosity that can make some libertarians jumpy. Without disparaging traditionalists, Hillyer stresses the pro-growth ideas that unite, rather than divide, the GOP’s competing wings. Hillyer also appreciates America’s place in the world and the fact that strength tends to forge peace, while weakness usually invites chaos. 

“I am a full spectrum conservative,” Hillyer has written. “Mostly libertarian on economics, firmly for a strong defense, and for traditional values.”

Hillyer knows his priorities, if elected. 

“Repeal Obamacare, which undermines liberty, and eventually pass market-based health-care reforms,” the 49-year-old traditional-jazz fan and sports enthusiast tells me. “Roll back the regulatory state that undermines liberty. Introduce a constitutional amendment to limit further the liberty-sapping power of eminent-domain property seizures.” He also would “eliminate the corporate income tax entirely, in order to boost pension funds, ‘insource’ jobs from abroad, and catalyze phenomenal economic growth.” 

Hillyer also believes his résumé — as a newsman, local CBS-TV personality, and public-relations manager with Qorvis Communications — can help the GOP overcome its tongue-tied tendencies and argue clearly for conservative solutions to America’s multiplying problems. 

“I am sure I can help Republicans communicate more effectively, because I have served as a PR executive, a Capitol Hill press aide, and a national-issues journalist.” He adds that “I would be the only Member who entered Congress already having been both inside, as a House Leadership staffer, and outside, covering Congress as a columnist for 17 years. That will give me unique insights into the legislative process, and an ability to represent southern Alabama well.”

Hillyer is just the man to put Democrats in their place when they spew their raw sewage about the GOP being America’s party of racism. Hillyer has the knowledge and guts to remind Americans of Democrats’ centuries of injustice towards blacks — from their founding of the Ku Klux Klan to Obama’s defunding of Washington, D.C.’s school-voucher program — even as the president sent his blameless daughters to Sidwell Friends, the swankiest, priciest private school in town.

Hillyer has infinite credibility on this issue. As a founder of the Louisiana Coalition against Racism and Nazism, Hillyer and his group mercilessly hammered former Klansman David Duke and eventually pounded him out of public office and polite company in Louisiana. 

Hillyerforcongress.com is the website for this, Hillyer’s first campaign. One open question is how well he will perform on the hustings. Writing can be a solitary affair, unlike wading into crowds and shaking hands until one’s palms ache. 

“I suppose his biggest challenges will be money, potential charges that he is a carpetbagger (he has spent years in Mobile, but was not born there), and whether he can do all that retail stuff,” Bob Livingston says. “Quin is kind and personable. We’ll see if he can do all that baby kissing without squirming.”

Hillyer surely will give this campaign the old college try. And if he prevails, the commentariat’s loss will be Alabama and America’s gain. As statist bandits race through Washington, it would be phenomenal to have a cop like Quin Hillyer right on their heels.

— Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News contributor, a nationally syndicated columnist with the Scripps Howard News Service, and a media fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University.



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