The Hammer’s Back, Pounding for GOP Grass Roots in Colorado

The idea is to mimic the tactics of left-of-center groups like MoveOn.org to mobilize conservative grassroots efforts in major media markets. But in Colorado, some conservatives are wondering whether Tom “The Hammer” DeLay — who resigned amid corporate scandals in 2006 and still faces charges of money laundering and conspiracy in Texas — is really the right guy to be doing this job?In late November, DeLay, the former U.S. House Majority Leader with close ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, launched The Coalition for a Conservative Majority (CCM), a 501(c)(4) nonprofit, which, according to Sourcewatch, “bills itself as a grassroots action and advocacy organization.”

Led by former Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell, the idea is to  “help conservatives better convey their message to voters and take back control of Congress.”

Calling the efforts “great news for conservatives and Republicans,” conservative Colorado radio talk show host Mike Rosen hosted DeLay and Blackwell on Feb. 26 to advertise their upcoming organizing event at the Fox Hollow Golf Course in Lakewood.

“Well, we came to Colorado Springs a few weeks ago and created a chapter of the Coalition for Conservative Majority,” DeLay told Rosen’s radio listeners. “We’re back to create a chapter here in Denver, and the whole idea is to try to fill the voids in the conservative movement as I perceive them.

“And one of the major voids of the conservative movement is to have an action-oriented, grassroots organization pulling together conservative political activists that want to drive a conservative agenda on a local, state, and federal basis.”

The group’s Web site identifies three vision statements:

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