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Inside the Beltway: Larry Klayman’s spiritual calling
LARRY KLAYMAN‘S SPIRITUAL CALLING
There is a noteworthy dimension to Larry Klayman’s zeal to be a vigilant government watchdog. The Creator is a presence for the conservative attorney who is ever ready to file a lawsuit to underscore the presence of corruption or ethical lapses within federal agencies.
“I have become much more spiritual through all these experiences. I believe I have a destiny, and without sounding like a megalomaniac, I believe God has a role for me,” Mr. Klayman tells Inside the Beltway.
He has come into sharp public focus following a decision in federal court Monday ruling that, yes, National Security Agency collection of American phone records and “metadata” could be unconstitutional. Mr. Klayman filed that lawsuit against the clandestine agency in June, it was heard in November, and the decision instantly placed him on public radar. Democrats are now questioning the ruling; some predict the case will go to the Supreme Court. The White House, meanwhile, has released a 300-page internal review offering details and recommendations about public surveillance.
But the veteran attorney says such circumstances are what they are, and that his faith is always a factor. He is unapologetic about it.
“And one more thing: I remain one of those who’s inspired by Founding Fathers like Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, who risked everything they had because they believed in a principle,” he adds. “And yes, I’m also inspired by Ronald Reagan. He connected with people, he took a stand, he took risks, and he was prepared for consequences. That’s what you have to do.”
SCOTT BROWN‘S GRANITE STATE DEBUT
His big announcement could be imminent, insiders say. Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown is the celebrity host on Thursday for the New Hampshire Republican State Committee’s annual Christmas party, to be staged at a picturesque Victorian-era library in Nashua bedecked with glittering, old-fashioned Christmas trees. The he-man, pickup-driving politician is expected to announce his intention to run for a Senate seat in the Granite State.
This is no backcountry affair. Ticket prices range as high as $2,500, with guests toting an unwrapped toy for local families in need. There will be some strife, though. Members of four local Second Amendment support groups also plan to gather near the event to draw attention to Mr. Brown’s previous support of both an assault-weapons ban and New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s activist organization Mayors Against Illegal Guns. The gun-rights groups have deemed Mr. Brown a RINO, or Republican in name only.
Still, his pending switch from one state to another has drawn much speculation.
“Politically, the move certainly makes sense for the 54-year-old Republican. President Obama won only 52 percent of New Hampshire’s vote in 2012 vs. the 61 percent he got in Massachusetts. New Hampshire is much friendlier political terrain to run from,” points out John Fund, a National Review contributor.
“Democrats are already attacking Brown for ‘carpetbagging,’ but it’s not likely that charge will carry much weight. Brown has publicly listed a house he owns in New Hampshire, as his second home for decades and his new state of residence is chock full of former Massachusetts residents who fled the Bay State’s urban headaches and high taxes,” Mr. Fund adds.
MITT MOVIE MOMENTUM
Voters could find themselves pining for the straightforward polish of Mitt Romney after viewing the much publicized two-minute trailer for “Mitt”, a Netflix documentary produced by Romney family acquaintance Greg Whitely. “I couldn’t believe I was filming inside rooms and situations I had no business being in,” the filmmaker said.
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