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March 18, 2010

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Rove, Spalding Take Principled Route in Naples

Washington, D.C., March 18—Former White House strategist Karl Rove will speak about his new memoir and the conservative principles behind it in a visit to Naples, Fla., for a sold-out dinner program Tuesday, March 23, sponsored by a local civic group.

Rove, whose book “Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight” was published March 9, is the keynote speaker for the event at the Ritz-Carlton, 280 Vanderbilt Beach Rd. in Naples. Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. following a reception at 5:30.

Constitutional scholar Matthew Spalding of The Heritage Foundation, the leading Washington think tank, will open the program at 4:30 with a discussion of his own popular book, “We Still Hold These Truths: Rediscovering Our Principles, Reclaiming Our Future.”

Kermit and Jenny Sutton of Naples are sponsors of the event, called the Sutton Lecture and hosted by the Naples Committee for Heritage, business and civic leaders who support the think tank’s conservative policy research. Kermit Sutton, a veteran attorney who operates a communications business, is committee chairman. Philanthropist Jack Donahue is honorary chairman.

Rove and Spalding will sign books following their remarks, at 8:45 and 5:30 p.m. respectively.

Rove, a FOX News Channel contributor and columnist for The Wall Street Journal and Newsweek, served as President George W. Bush’s deputy chief of staff and senior adviser from 2001-2007. He is best known as the top strategist and architect of Bush’s successful races for the White House in 2000 and 2004.

Rove’s typical to-the-point style is seen in a recent column for The Journal in which he writes of the health care reform agenda of President Obama and liberal Democrats:

“Having won the battle for public opinion on this issue, Republicans are on the rise. They should act like it. Mr. Obama may have a home court advantage, but Republicans have facts, ideas, and most of the American people on their side.”

Spalding, director of Heritage’s B. Kenneth Simon Center for American Studies, has been in the media mix since the November publication of  “We Still Hold These Truths.”

Which is no surprise, since his book arrived as Americans were rediscovering “tea parties,” town hall meetings and marches on Washington as venues for talking common sense amid Congress’s partisan policy debates and deficit-spending sprees. Excerpts have appeared in National Review and in newspapers across the country via three columns for the McClatchy-Tribune wire.

“We Still Hold These Truths” details what Spalding calls America's 10 core principles: independence, self-government, liberty, equality, natural rights, consent of the governed, private property, religious freedom, limited government, and the rule of law. Spalding shows how these founding principles came under assault by progressive-liberalism beginning in the early 1900s, then lays out a strategy to recover them.

The Heritage Foundation is the nation’s most broadly supported public policy research institute, with more than 600,000 individual, foundation and corporate donors. Heritage, founded in February 1973, has a staff of 244 and an annual expense budget of more than $70 million. 

For details about the Naples Committee for Heritage, visit and click on Committees.

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