“Chuck Colson lived an extraordinary life. He was a man who experienced tremendous lows yet went on to spark a movement of ideas and people focused on spiritual transformation. His calling was to minister to prisoners and their families through Prison Fellowship, an organization emphasizing spiritual renewal that is active in more than 100 countries across the globe. Chuck was a patriot who loved America. He was a Marine. He was a mentor. He was also a best-selling author, a broadcaster, and a leader – one who inspired a generation of Christian believers to defend the faith while showing true compassion for people forgotten by society. In the eyes of the world, he was a person who had it all and then lost it all. But in God’s eyes, Chuck’s path in life was just preparation for His higher purposes. Through the full picture of the life Chuck Colson led, Americans saw that a broken man can accept the gift of redemption and embrace a new life devoted to the service and redemption of others. This will be his legacy. We, his countrymen, join the Colson family in mourning their loss, and in celebrating the gift that was his extraordinary life.”—House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued this statement today regarding the passing of Charles W. “Chuck” Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship.
Verona, PA - Former presidential candidate and Senator Rick Santorum issued the following statement upon learning of the passing of Chuck Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship Ministries:
"Karen and I were deeply saddened to learn about Chuck’s passing. Over the last few years, both in and out of public life, I’ve had the opportunity to get to know Chuck and have admired him and his commitment to living out his faith.
"Chuck was a humble man who learned from his own frailty to care for the ‘least of these,’ especially prisoners. His work to bring Christianity to those who were in their darkest days changed the lives of many.
"My thoughts and prayers are with Chuck’s wife Patty, the entire Colson family and the community at Prison Fellowship Ministries during this very difficult time. Chuck was a patriot, who loved his country and loved serving his God, and we are all a little better off for having known him."
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Friday reacted sharply to Montana Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s suggestion that Romney wants to avoid talking about his family history and immigration because “then he’d have to talk about his family coming from a polygamy commune in Mexico.” (Political Hotsheet report by Sarah Huisenga, CBS News and National Journal)
The Republican National Committee is taking significant steps to expand its Hispanic voter outreach in a handful of key states — but Arizona isn’t one of them, in spite of the Obama campaign’s intentions to turn the traditionally “red state” into a “blue state” this year. (Political Hotsheet report by Stephanie Condon)
Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has put his donor lists on the market, a sign that the cash-strapped campaign has had to put its bread-and-butter on the line to try to pay its bills. (Political Hotsheet report by Lindsey Boerma, CBS News and National Journal)
Until Thursday, it had been a pretty good week for the Obama campaign.
In the newly-declared battle to frame the general election, the president seemed to be winning. His “Buffett Rule” proposal - designed in part to define presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney as seeking to protect low tax rates for the one percent - was dominating the political news cycle. Meanwhile, the Romney camp was scrambling to find some way to win over women amid polls that showed Romney trailing the president by double-digits among female voters. (Political Hotsheet report by Brian Montopoli)
Rick Santorum is poised to suspend his bid for the presidency on Tuesday, removing the last significant obstacle in Mitt Romney’s now all-but-certain march to the Republican presidential nomination. (Political Hotsheet report by Brian Montopoli)
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s 3-year-old daughter, Bella, is recovering well and could leave the hospital as soon as Monday, campaign spokesman Hogan Gidley said. (Political Hotsheet report by Rebecca Kaplan)
Newt Gingrich Statement on the Passing of Mike Wallace
Arlington, VA - Newt Gingrich released the following statement in response to the passing of Mike Wallace:
"Callista and I join our friend Chris Wallace and his family in mourning the passing of his father, Mike Wallace. Mike was a giant in news reporting and analysis. His investigative reporting was legendary, and his participation in 60 Minutes helped created a lasting institution. Mike Wallace’s life created a legacy young reporters will study for years to come. The Wallace family is in our prayers this Easter Sunday."
Verona, PA - The Rick Santorum for President campaign released the following statement regarding the daughter of Rick Santorum, Bella Santorum, and Monday’s campaign events.
Hogan Gidley said: “Senator Santorum will not hold any campaign related events on Monday so that he and Karen can remain in the hospital with their daughter Bella. The entire Santorum family is incredibly grateful for the outpouring of prayers and support.”
Mitt Romney takes Maryland Primary, CBS News Estimates
CBS News estimates that when all the votes are counted, Mitt Romney will take the Maryland GOP primary and with that victory go over the halfway mark in the number of delegates needed for the Republican nomination.
WASHINGTON - Citing an Inspector General’s report that “taxpayer dollars were squandered” on her watch, Martha Johnson submitted her resignation to President Obama as head of the General Services Administration. Johnson says President Obama accepted it, effective at close of business today. (Political Hotsheet report by Mark Knoller
Mitt Romney, who’s known for his fondness for playing practical jokes, on Sunday found himself the victim of an April Fools’ Day prank orchestrated by his staff - with help from Wisconsin lawmakers Sen. Ron Johnson and Rep. Paul Ryan. (Political Hotsheet report by Sarah Huisenga, CBS News and National Journal)