A press release from Lake County Right Life PAC:
Join Lake County Life PAC As We Honor Congressman Phil Crane
Join Lake County Life PAC for its’ first annual Prayer Breakfast Fund-Raiser, honoring Congressman Phil Crane, on September 29, 2012 from 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM at Quentin Road Bible Baptist Church, 60 Quentin Road, Hawthorn Woods, IL. The breakfast will be cooked by the churches’ own culinary school and promises to be delicious.
Lake County Life PAC will be presenting the 1st ‘Annual Phil Crane Service to Life Award’ to none other than our beloved Congressman Phil Crane. Meet and greet Congressman Phil Crane, who will be present to accept the Service to Life Award, for never wavering in his vote to protect Life during his 32 years of service in Congress.
Our speaker will be Reverend Bob Vanden Bosch, associate Pastor of Quentin Road Bible Baptist Church and long-time friend of the Congressman. He is the executive director of Concerned Christian Ministries, which educates the Christian community on current legislative issues and is a lobbyist for Pro-Life – Pro-Family issues in Springfield. He will share with us the ins and outs of Springfield and the vital importance of this year’s vote.
This is your opportunity to support Life and benefit Lake County Life PAC. Lake County Life PAC is in its 2nd year of working to elect pro-life candidates in Lake County, to local, state and federal offices. These include the Lake County Board, the Senate and House of Representatives and Congress.
Here Is A Brief Bio of the Congressman:
Phil Crane was born in Chicago, educated at Hillsdale College, the University of Vienna and the Indiana University where he received his PhD in History in 1961. He also served in the U.S. Army. He was first elected to the U.S. Congress in 1969, in what was the then, the 13th District, in a special election succeeding Donald Rumsfeld, who had been appointed to a Cabinet position in the Nixon Administration. Crane was the dark horse candidate in a field of 7, and was by far the most conservative. He overcame the opposition of the Chicago North Shore GOP monied establishment; prevailing by only 2,100 votes. He then won the special election with 58 % of the vote.
Crane established himself as one of the House’s most conservative members, leading a small but growing cluster of right-wing congressmen in the intellectual movement of the early sixties. Soon after being elected to his first full term in 1970, he was chosen by several conservative activists, including Paul Weyrich, to form a group of conservative congressman to keep watch on the Republican leadership, which at the time was seen as far too moderate. As a result of his efforts, Washington and the Republican Party have become far more conservative, resulting in the Party adopting its’ Platform to protect the sanctity of unborn human life.
Crusader Crane was conservative before it was popular, and never wavered in his conviction that life was a sacred gift from God. His vote unequivocally supported that belief.
The road to conservative values, especially the protection of innocent human life under the law, was exceedingly difficult during Congressman Crane’s tenure in office. Can you take a few hours out of your own schedule to honor him?
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When I was in grad school at the University of Michigan in 1964, Washtenaw County Republicans held a fund rasing dinner that featured a young professor from Peoria’s Bradley University. His name was Phil Crane.
Members of the College Young Republicans were allowed to attend at a reduced price and I went.
It was clear then that Crane was brilliant and had a political future, if he wanted one.
When Congressman Don Rumsfeld resigned to become President Gerry Ford’s Chief of Staff, a special primary election was held which Crane won.
After redistricting, he ended up representing McHenry County.