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6 former US envoys to Vatican announce support for Romney

July 31, 2012

Six former US ambassadors to the Holy See have joined in a declaration of support for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

The former envoys--Frank Shakespeare, Tom Melady, Ray Flynn, Jim Nicholson, Francis Rooney, and Mary Ann Glendon--released their statement on July 31, as they were announced as co-chairs of a nationwide Catholics for Romney campaign. "Whatever issues might dominate the presidential campaign from now until November," they said, "our concerns lie with fundamental rights, beginning with religious liberty."

Five of the six ex-ambassadors served under Republican presidents: Shakespeare under Ronald Reagan; Melady under George H. W. Bush; Nicholson, Rooney, and Glendon under George W. Bush. Flynn served under the Democratic administration of Bill Clinton.


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  • Posted by: Contrary1995 - Jul. 31, 2012 5:34 PM ET USA

    Ray Flynn is following in the sad footsteps of the great Al Smith who was a real reformer until embittered by the way FDR pushed him to the side and then became a leading opponent of many New Deal reforms that Al Smith himself first championed. The alienated reformer turned mouthpiece for the Republican establishment. Very sad.