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Joe Wilson on Weyrich


“He made such a difference in the United States and around the world,” said Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.). “He was a personal hero to me. I had the privilege of working with him over many years. In particular, he had great impact on me with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). When I served in the State Senate, it was really critical to me — our ability to network with conservative legislators across the United States and not to re-invent the wheel with every piece of legislation. Weyrich understood, as a visionary, how something like that could work. And it should also be recognized how critical the Heritage Founation was in these state-level policy battles — another institution to which Weyrich was so important. ALEC couldn’t exist if not for Heritage.

“I worked very closely with him in the Krieble Institute and the Free Congress Foundation and traveled with him to Sofia, Bulgaria, where I was able to meet with the newly elected members of the National Assembly. Paul went with me and I went with Dr. Krieble, too. In part because of the substantial efforts of Paul Weyrich, Bulgaria is a successful free-market democracy and a member of the EU. I had the opportunity to go with him to lecture in western Siberia. We went over, not to discuss the ideas of great Western thinkers, but to describe to people how Democracy works — how to go door to door.”


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