CHQ - Richard Viguerie: Conservatives rejoice over ‘prodigal son’ Republicans – No earmarks

(Manassas, Virginia)  Richard A. Viguerie, Chairman of ConservativeHQ.com, issued the following statement in response to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's announcement that he and the united Republican congressional leadership support a moratorium on earmarks in the 112th Congress:
 
          "Like the father in the parable of the prodigal son, conservatives rejoice at Senate Minority Leader McConnell's decision to support a moratorium on earmarks in the 112th Congress.
 
          "It's a small but important step to return the federal government to fiscal sanity.  However, this important first step shows Republican officials now hear -- albeit, slowly and only after shouts -- the American voters who registered their dissatisfaction on November 2nd. 
 
          "Conservatives and Tea Partiers spoke often and loudly with one voice -- do not make your first vote after the election a betrayal of the voters. 
 
          "In the last 10 years, GOP Congressional leaders made a mess of the Reagan Republican brand.
 
          "Today begins the process of repairing the Republican Party brand."