Josh Duggar to Head FRC Action


FRC Action, the lobbying wing of the Family Research Council, has hired Josh Duggar, one of the 19 kids in the reality show 19 Kids and Counting, to be their executive director. He has very little political experience, but that doesn’t seem to matter. FRC’s Tony Perkins seems to think the kids these days will love him:

The job came out of a conversation Perkins had with the younger at the March for Life in January. In hiring him, the group — known for its vigilantly anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage stances — hopes to appeal to more young people and to tap into the huge popularity of his evangelical clan within flyover America. “The big part of Josh’s focus is going to be building our grass-roots across the country” — Christian conservatives, homeschooling families. Duggar, he noted, previously campaigned for Rick Santorum and for a restrictive Arkansas law that would ban most abortions after 12 weeks.

“Their program has shown that there are viewers who are not just inquisitive but who really do understand the importance of family,” he said.

I guess the Octomom and Honey Boo Boo were busy.

Comments

  1. says

    Well, thank God somebody’s thinking about building their grassroots. If there’s one thing the Christian Right needs, it’s a solid Base. “Finally,” I say, “they won’t be flailing about randomly, as they have been for decades, but will instead be generally marching in the same direction.”

  2. John Hinkle says

    Duggar: Abortion. God hates it. And he hates homosexuals. And so should you!

    Young Person: Hmm, I’ve seen Josh on 19 Kids. He obviously knows what he’s talking about, so I better start hating gays and anyone who’s anti-choice.

    Yeah, that’ll work. That Perkins is a fucking GENIUS!

  3. says

    I suspect Perkins greatly underestimates the average age of the typical 19 Kids and Counting viewer. Even most young folks who’ve grown up in conservative Christians homes probably find the incessant breeding of the Duggars weird.

  4. Francisco Bacopa says

    over at Libby-Ann’s there’s been speculation over in a couple of comment threads that Josh will be overwhelmed by both the job and living independently because of poor socialization in his quiverfull family.

  5. raven says

    What is so good about large families anyway?

    Most people I know who grew up in them didn’t like it and made sure to have small ones.

    My ex-Catholic friend was one of six. They were well off but still, with 6 kids, resources were always scarce.

    The six kids between them, have…6 kids. None of them went for quantity. And none of them are Catholics either any more.

  6. naturalcynic says

    Another example of wingnut welfare?
    Raised in a situation that could not be maintained without the income from TLC. Insulated from society. Conditioned to expect a large brood in the next generation, therefore needing a relatively high income. Availability of a cash cow…

  7. Akira MacKenzie says

    Reality TV is popular with the younger generations, Josh Druggar is on a Reality TV show, therefore the Druggars are also popular.

    This is the same mentality that brought us the scourge of “Christian Rock.”

    We’re afraid that the younger generations might turn away from our religion, so we’ll package our message in a cheap knock-off of some form of pop culture that we assume is popular with the kids. The trouble is, thanks to their dogma, they have never reality developed the ability to understand whatntheybare trying to emulate, so it always ends up sucking.

  8. hunter says

    This is the right’s idea of youth outreach — find someone under 30 who’s just as out of touch as you are and expect them to bring in the youth demographic.

    Right.

  9. birgerjohansson says

    Hunter, in the days of Nixon, I think there was talk about using a young (Eisenhower offspring?) politician that was just as out of touch, because the hippie-age generation youths would totally vote for a young Republican in a suit.

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