an article about Catholics in opposition to Rudy Giuliani.
…A separate effort from another group of Catholic activists—to
operate under the admirably straightforward title of Catholics Against Rudy—will
also take aim at Mr. Giuliani’s record on social issues. It’s the
brainchild of Georgia lawyer Steve Dillard, best known as the formerly anonymous
voice of Southern Appeal, a conservative Catholic legal blog that drew a wide-ranging,
fiercely loyal audience until Mr. Dillard outed himself and subsequently retired
the site five months ago.
Mr. Dillard, along with other bloggers, commentators and activists
who are planning to participate in the effort, are modeling their project on
the headline-grabbing Catholics Against Kerry site that targeted the Democratic
nominee three years ago. (Organizers say that none of the individuals involved
in that operation are principals in the new effort.)
“It’s not a vast right-wing conspiracy,” said
Mr. Dillard, “but if you’re active on these issues, you build up
networks of people who share your concerns, who are very involved, and who have
very significant followings. These aren’t just ‘likely voters’—these
are very serious, die-hard activists. And they all have readers and supporters.”
Visitors to the new site, he said, will find themselves at a one-stop
shop of anti-Rudy messaging, material and merchandise, including anti-Rudy bumper
stickers, T-shirts and other assorted items. (They will be sold at cost to avoid
any kind of potential profit—and the F.E.C. scrutiny that would undoubtedly
The website catholicsagainstrudy.com will be up sometime after July 1st.