WASHINGTON, D.C., APRIL 24, 2013—Heritage Foundation Founder Edwin J. Feulner released the following statement on the death of Howard Phillips:
Standing up for what you believe in is never easy. And doing it in Washington, D.C., is particularly hard. Small wonder then, that so many of us admired and respected Howard Phillips. Throughout a career that took him from the Nixon administration to the founding of his own political party, he continually put principle over politics.
His dedication to conservative beliefs was beyond question. In fact, Howie was there at the beginning of Hillary Clinton’s “vast right-wing conspiracy.” When conservative leaders such as Paul Weyrich, Morton Blackwell, Terry Dolan, Ron Godwin and I began meeting for breakfast at Richard Viguerie’s home every Wednesday from the 1970s until the mid-1980s, Howie was right there, helping to shape and lead the conservative movement.
From his service in the Nixon administration, where he tried to undo the Great Society almost single-handedly, to his later quixotic runs for the presidency of the United States, Howie always marched tall and straight to his set of principles. Most of these principles were conservative, some were a bit quirky, but Howie always believed and always led.
Linda joins me in sending Peggy and their children and grandchildren our love and prayers as we all salute a lost leader.