I have to say that, in the six years that Norm Coleman was in the Senate, I don’t ever recall him showing up at right-wing events and hob-nobbing with grassroots activists.
But times have changed, apparently:
Norm Coleman will be joined by Phyllis Schlafly, Rush Limbaugh’s brother, and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s son – a Roman Catholic priest – at a gathering this week in St. Louis for a conference on conservative principles.
Coleman will be the keynote speaker for the Conservative Heartland Leadership Conference, which began Wednesday and concludes Thursday at the Millennium Hotel in St. Louis.
Coleman is scheduled to speak Thursday at a luncheon with an introduction by political commentator and author David Limbaugh, brother of talk radio host Rush Limbaugh.
Underwriting the event is the conservative American Issues Project, a nonprofit group that has aired political ads, including one linking candidate Barack Obama to 1960s radical William Ayers.
The Rev. Paul Scalia, a Catholic priest of the Arlington, Va., diocese and the Supreme Court justice’s son, will host a prayer breakfast featuring Wendy Wright of Concerned Women for America; Joe Ortweth of Missouri Family Council; and Don Hinkle of the Missouri Baptist Convention.
Former U.S. Sen. Jim Talent will speak on national security.
Kris Kobach, a candidate for Kansas secretary of state who has helped draft laws sanctioning illegal immigration, will discuss judicial selection in Kansas. Kobach is an attorney and University of Missouri law professor.
For the record, Grover Norquist is also attending.