ACRU Chairman Susan A. Carleson is among more than 100 leaders who signed The Conservative Action Project’s just-released Memo for the Movement entitled Senate Republicans Are Resolute: Let the People Speak.

March 15, 2016

Washington, DC

Last month our country lost a great American and a great jurist, Justice Antonin Scalia.

The country barely had time to absorb that loss when we were forced to confront the prospect of President Obama filling that Supreme Court vacancy and creating a liberal majority on the Court.

This would be an unprecedented shift in the direction of the Court undertaken at a time when the entire country is embroiled in the most contentious presidential campaign in modern history. Government in Washington is divided and dysfunctional. The American people are going to the polls in November to select a new president and a new Congress. They should also have a say in the direction of the Court.

Senate Republicans have announced that they will exercise their constitutional advice and consent authority and refuse to consent to any Obama nominee. The American people deserve to have their voice heard in the process. We applaud Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA), for promising not to hold a hearing on any nominee.

President Obama wants to deny the American people that choice. And no wonder. He has already made two extreme liberal appointments to the Court and if given a third he will have succeeded in decisively changing the current balance of the Court. A liberal majority will rule for decades.

Let there be no mistake about it: President Obama will nominate a liberal to this vacancy. Press leaks about potential “moderate” candidates should be interpreted as simply misdirection from the White House.

The president and his liberal allies know what is at stake and so do we. It is nothing short of their intent to eradicate precious constitutional rights. These leftists have made clear their first target is our 1st Amendment right to political speech and the silencing of conservative voices. They mock the 2nd Amendment right of the people to protect themselves and their families and are determined to take away our constitutional right to bear arms. They welcome the prospect of unleashing unaccountable federal agencies like the IRS and EPA to impose a liberal policy agenda that will harm Americans and punish any who dare to disagree with their worldview. And not least of all, they vow to use the Court’s power to impose an “unconditional surrender” in their cultural war against our fundamental institutions of faith, family, marriage, home, and school — and will wipe out any pro-life protections, instead imposing abortion on-demand, up to the moment of birth, paid for by the taxpayers.

We are facing a national constitutional crisis. Senate Republicans have recognized the stakes and have acted accordingly. As conservatives, we strongly support them and their principled stand in favor of the Constitution. And we are all too aware of the negative assault that is coming against the Republican Senators as the national media throws its collective liberal weight against the GOP efforts to allow the American people to play their rightful role in the nomination of the next Supreme Court justice.

We are committed to acting with the same unity the GOP Senate has demonstrated to date in order to bring these issues to the forefront, to make clear to the American people what is at stake and to rally our fellow citizens to the cause of saving the Constitution.

The Honorable Edwin Meese III

Former Attorney General

President Ronald Reagan


Ali Akbar

Senior Advisor

Black Conservatives Fund

Anthony Allen


Hannibal-LaGrange University

Sharron Angle


National Federation of Republican Assemblies

Ellen L. Barrosse


RNC Conservative Steering Committee

Lee Beaman


Beaman Automotive Group

Kimberly Bellissimo

Founder and CEO, ForthRight Strategy

Board Member, American Conservative Union

Andresen Blom

Executive Director

Grassroot Hawaii Action, Inc.

David N. Bossie


Citizens United

Adam Brandon

President and CEO


Herman Cain

President and C.E.O.

Susan Carleson

Chairman and CEO

American Civil Rights Union

Charles J. Cooper

Cooper & Kirk, PLLC

Ed Corrigan

Former Executive Director

Senate Steering Committee

Chuck Cushman

Reagan Parks Advisory Board Appointee

President, American Land Rights Association

Col Francis X. De Luca USMCR(Ret)


Civitas Institute

Tom DeLay

Former Majority Leader

U.S. House of Representatives

Dr. James C. Dobson

Founder & President

Dr. James Dobson’s FamilyTalk

Tom Donelson


Americas PAC

Dr. Larry Eastland

Former Staff Asst to the President

President Gerald Ford

Sheri Few

President, United States Parents Involved in Education (USPIE)

Kevin D. Freeman


NSIC Institute

Frank J. Gaffney


Center for Security Policy

The Honorable Colin A. Hanna


Let Freedom Ring, Inc.

Donna Hearne

Chief Executive Officer

Constitutional Coalition

Todd W. Herrick

Chairman of the Board

Herrick Foundation

David Keene

Opinion Editor

The Washington Times

Patrick S. Korten

Former Director of Public Affairs

U.S. Department of Justice

Raymond J. LaJeunesse, Jr.

VP & Legal Director, National Right to

Work Legal Defense Foundation, Inc.

Wiles K. Lee

Executive Vice President

National Federation of Republican Assemblies

Curt Levey

Executive Director

FreedomWorks Foundation

Matt Mackowiak

Executive Director

Fight for Tomorrow

Christopher N. Malagisi


Young Conservatives Coalition

Rod D. Martin

Founder and CEO

The Martin Organization

Jenny Beth Martin

Co-Founder & President

Tea Party Patriots

Bradley Mattes


Life Issues Institute

The Honorable Bob McEwen

U.S. House of Representatives

Former Member, Ohio

Jerry Melvin


Florida Republican Assembly

Cleta Mitchell, Esq.


Foley & Lardner, LLP

Michael A. Needham

Chief Executive Officer

Heritage Action for America

C. Preston Noell III


Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.

Melissa Ortiz

Founder & Principal

Able Americans

Ron Pearson

Executive Director

Conservative Victory Fund

Judson Phillips


Tea Party Nation

Alfred S. Regnery


Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund

Allen Roth


Secure America Now

Anthony Saliba


Saliba Venture Management

Phyllis Schlafly

Founder and

Eagle Forum

Daniel Schneider

Executive Director

American Conservative Union

Carrie Severino

Judicial Crisis Network

J. Michael Smith, Esq.


Home School Legal Defense Association

Mathew D. Staver, Esq., B.C.S.

Founder and Chairman

Liberty Counsel

Forest Thigpen


Mississippi Center for Public Policy

Lewis K. Uhler

Founder and President

National Tax Limitation Committee

William L. Walton

Vice President

Council for National Policy

Allen Whitt


Family Policy Council & Family Policy Institute

The Honorable Becky Norton Dunlop

Chairman, Conservative Action Project, Former White House Advisor, President Ronald Reagan


Gary Aldrich


CNP Action, Inc.

Art Ally


Timothy Plan Mutual Fund Family

Diana L. Banister


Shirley & Banister Public Affairs

Gary L. Bauer


American Values

E. Calvin Beisner

Founder & National Spokesman, The Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation

The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell


Constitutional Congress, Incorporated

Kenneth F. Boehm


National Legal and Policy Center

L. Brent Bozell, III

Founder and President

Media Research Center

Floyd Brown


Western Center for Journalism

Frank Cannon


American Principles Project

The Honorable Bruce Chapman

Founder and Chairman of the Board

Discovery Institute

Lou Cordia


Cordia and Associates

The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.

Former Counselor

U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese III

Marjorie Dannenfelser


Susan B. Anthony List

Midge Decter

Author and Journalist

The Honorable Donald J. Devine

Former Director

U.S. Office of Personnel Management

John Dodd


Jesse Helms Center

Elaine Donnelly

Founder and President

Center for Military Readiness

Tricia Erickson


Angel Pictures & Publicity

Mark Fitzgibbons

President of Corporate Affairs

American Target Advertising, Inc.

Sandra S. Froman, Esq.


Council for National Policy

Alan Gottlieb

Founder and Executive Vice President

Second Amendment Foundation

Kristan J. Hawkins


Students for Life

Allen J. Hébert


American Chinese Fellowship

Jerry A. Johnson, Ph.D.

President and CEO

National Religious Broadcasters

Kevin Kookogey

President and Founder

The Advancing Church

Andrea Lafferty


Traditional Values Coalition

Adam Paul Laxalt

Nevada Attorney General

Tim LeFever


Capitol Resource Institute

Dr. Herbert I. London


London Center for Policy Research

Michael C. Maibach

Co-Chair & Founder

Alexandria Republican Roundtable

Richard Manning


Americans for Limited Government

Sherri R. Martin

The Martin Foundation

Gary Marx

Former Executive Director

Judicial Crisis Network

Tom McClusky

Vice President

March for Life Action

The Honorable David McIntosh

U.S. House of Representatives

Former Member, Indiana

The Honorable James C. Miller III

Former Director of OMB

President Ronald Reagan

Shawn Mitchell


National Federation of Republican Assemblies

Sean Noble


American Encore

Grover Glenn Norquist


Americans for Tax Reform

William W. Pascoe, III


Antietam Communications

The Honorable Tony Perkins


Family Research Council

Dr. Don Racheter

Vice-Chairman, Iowa Second Congressional

District Republican Party

The Honorable Edward J. Rollins

Former Assistant to President Reagan

Ronald D. Rotunda

Professor of Jurisprudence

Chapman University

Joel Anand Samy

Co-Founder and President

International Leaders Summit

Matt Schlapp


American Conservative Union

Tommy Sears

Independent Consultant

Kelly Shackelford, Esq.

President, CEO & Chief Counsel

First Liberty Institute

The Honorable Mike Spence


Conservative Republicans of California

Nicholas Stehle

Campaign for the American Future

Peter J. Thomas


Americans for Constitutional Liberty

Richard A. Viguerie


Edward Whelan


Ethics and Public Policy Center