Rick Santorum’s Baggage: Loaded with Hypocrisy & Moral Perfection

Rick Santorum may be riding high in the polls of late, running neck in neck with Romney, but he’s not the Mr. Clean picture of social conservative perfection he wants everyone to believe. If Santorum opposes abortion, even in the case of rape, believes birth control is harmful, and the key to improving the economy is strengthening the family, why did he marry a woman who for six years lived with a man who was an abortion provider?

In 1982 Karen Garver, now Karen Santorum was a 22 year old nursing student at Duquesne University and began a six-year relationship with 62 year old Dr. Tom Allen. According to the Daily Beast, Allen was well known for delivering babies and helping to start a “therapeutic abortion” clinic at Magee-Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh years before Roe v. Wade.” Apparently, Mrs. Santorum knew exactly what Allen was all about and didn’t have any problem living with him for six years.

Pictures of Karen Santorum during the time she dated Dr. Allen reveal a fresh faced girl dressed in care free clothing. Allen said when he ran into her years later in the 1990s, she was “dressed like Hester Pyrnne,” of the Scarlett Letter. Suddenly, Mrs. Santorum doesn’t look like the picture of conservative perfection.

Why does this matter? Because Santorum has grilled Romney for being a squishy conservative at best, someone whom you can’t trust on the positions and this revelation about his wife’s past makes Santorum look like a hypocrite. His wife may have strong pro-family positions today but it doesn’t appear she always clung to those values.

As we pull back the curtain on Santorum’s candidacy for president, his biggest electability problem is Santorum is running a morality campaign. While the other candidates are making job creation, economic growth and tax reform the center of the their platforms and rightfully so with 8.3% of people jobless, Santorum has fixated his campaign on the culture wars, condemning homosexuality, rejecting birth control and  holding himself up as the shining example of Godliness. Only God is perfect!

If we learned anything from the success of the Tea party movement in 2010 and Governors McDonnell and Christie, it’s that social issues aren’t Republican voters’ greatest concern right now but having more money in their wallet and food on the table is. Making wedge issues like family values the center of his campaign makes Santorum look grossly out of touch with today’s reality.

The company Santorum keeps also reinforces his problem as an electable candidate. Billionaire Foster Friess, a Santorum supporter, gives big money to the Santorum super PAC. In a recent interview with MSNBC reporter Andrea Mitchell, Friess said:

“On this contraceptive thing, my Gosh it’s such inexpensive,” he added. “You know, back in my days, they used Bayer aspirin for contraception. The gals put it between their knees, and it wasn’t that costly.”

The only appropriate response to Friess’ comments is Yikes! Moreover, how does a person running for President of the United States associate with a person like this who’s living in the dark ages with his head in the sand. Friess’ said he didn’t understand why “people seem to be so preoccupied with sex.” The fact is We the People aren’t preoccupied with sex but Rick Santorum seems to be. We’re preoccupied with the economy and worried about finding a job or keeping one.

It’s still too early to predict anything in the GOP presidential nomination race. Frontrunners continue to come and go. But if the race comes down to a choice between Romney and Santorum, Romney while not the perfect choice is the saner, more capable choice of the two without question.

Someone described why young voters turned against Santorum in his 2006 re-election bid for Senator of Pennsylvania, “Young people thought he was kind of weirdly out of sync with modern times.” Nothing has changed. The Dark Ages appear to suit Santorum better than modern times. He sounds more like a character from Chaucer’s 14th century  book The Canterbury Tales than a GOP presidential candidate. Next!

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18 Responses to “Rick Santorum’s Baggage: Loaded with Hypocrisy & Moral Perfection”

  1. Ed Townsend says:

    truevoice, I doubt any of us would end our lives realizing who Jesus was, realizing he is more divine than some people make him out to be? That’s beyond black, but that’s an issue for people of just about every color to figure out and accept. And no, blacks are a complex bunch in terms of belief, and so on. The problem has not been that of Jesus, but rather of people who try to invoke the name of Jesus for their own selfish purposes, Rick Santorum being a prime example.

    Rick Santorum has some ideas right, and he’s far from the worst, most ourtight racist I have known. But his main issue is that he has about zero control on his temper, and he is a very bad loser. Add to the fact that aside from his acting preachy about morals, abortion, and sexuality, if you bothered taking a look at his past stances, they are more crooked than a Virginia fence, and that’s saying something. Anyways, my home town of Philadelphia, much less the state of Pennsylvania, won’t likely by giving delegates to this buffoon.

  2. Don T. says:

    Your website has a lot to recommend it. But this entry, attacking a candidate by attacking his wife, is not part of it. If you have a problem with a candidate and his policies, then have the guts and integrity to factually and with cogent argument, address that candidate and those policies.

    What do I care, about the candidate’s wife?

    Unfortunately, it seems to be designed to bring out a few of the ignorant, racist, and vitriolic comments seen here.

    Sad. And beneath you, Ms. Wright.

  3. Bob says:

    I’m a conservative and I want Santorum out of this race. He is a first class moron. I swear the Democrats planted him in the race.

  4. bobfryfish says:

    Please White man do not nominate Rick goober Sanitorium who wants to convert us all to that pagan catholic religion he can not beat Pres Obama that would mean Four more years of listening to republican hate and whine radio and the dumb White man Whinning about Pres Obama farting in the White house my ears can not take Four more years of your thin lizard lips yapping.

  5. Kate says:

    So here we go again with the racism. Are you referring to Newt’s comments that poor children should get a job as a janitor? Did you happen to hear his comments following that statement? If not, read about and then tell me if it racist. I’ll give you a summary: he later went on to say that when his daughter was a teenager, she worked as a janitor and it taught her valuable lessons about managing money and responsibility. How is Newt a racist if what’s good enough for his daughter is good enough for poor kids. Or was it the comment about Obama being a welfare president that made you feel he’s a racist? Did you know there are more white kids on welfare than black kids? Bet you didn’t. So is every other President racist? President Bush had more black members in his cabinent than Clinton. Did you know that? Did you know that it was the Republicans that wanted to free the slaves, not Democrats. And did you know that MLK was a registered Republican? What about Harry Reid’s or Job Biden’s racist comments? I think you need to stop festering in your cesspool of racism, and get over the fact that Republicans aren’t the racist ones here. You just think they are to make yourself feel better.

  6. Charles says:

    I’m a black male…capitalist, 30, pt time worker and college student(2nd degree needed in audio engineering). What an interesting blog here. My qualm with “conservatives” is that much of what they are trying to “conserve” was never “universal in the U.S.A. to begin with. I don’t care about gay people marrying, I don’t care about women getting contraceptives and having an abortion(seriously, none of my business, and the “pill” isn’t just for birth prevention)…what I care about is that i’d like my economy left alone PLUS the sane people in office to disavow the non capitalist trend of racism and xenophobia. Rick Santorum is a NUT JOB.

  7. topeka says:

    “The Dark Ages appear to suit Santorum better than modern times. He sounds more like a character from Chaucer’s 14th century book The Canterbury Tales than a GOP presidential candidate. Next!”

    Santorum has issues: He’s hardly a conservative.

    However, “The Dark Ages?” If contraceptives were as popular as Weed-Be-Gone, or Chlordane, you would have a hard time defending the track record of a medication with numerous side-effects (known) and numerous correlations with gender expression, steroid expression, and miscarriages. Lib’s go bananas over tri-chloro-ethylene, which has never harmed a soul (according to science), but they have no problem with hormone derivatives? Brilliant… and btw, this stuff shows up in our wastewater effluent where it causes: You guessed it – genetic disorders in mullosks and other fresh water critters.

    Second, “The Canterbury Tales” – As it happens, these are a set of baudy verses full of implication and innuendo regarding the nether regions of damsels and waifs. Hardly the prudish material I think you mean.

    Third, let’s not forget the reason for this discussion is the requirement for employers to pay for readily available contraception including abortifacients, IUD’s, and … abortions. Focusing solely on contraception (condoms anyone?), rather than the issues distorts the picture.

    What will you do if the next Democratic party idea is to go back to their roots and demand we pay for genetic testing to eliminate black babies?

    Eugenics began with contraception, and that’s why the Catholics resist it.

    Santorum has many flaws as a POTUS candidate, but defending religious liberty and standing up for his own beliefs hardly makes him a throwback.

    If anything, Santorum is too modern and has supported too many stupid, progressive (Big Gubbermint) ideas.


  8. Wanda Allen says:

    Everyone has baggage, even those of us who are not running for any public office, but when you have baggage you should be prepared to answer any questions to that issue. Of course people can change, and that is due to God’s goodness and the inherent knowledge of “good and evil” that God has blessed us with if we heed it. If the Democratics led Rick Santorum down this slippery slope, what does that say about his capabilities to lead this country. All of the Republican candidates know what the issues for the country are and these issues are not being addressed because of improvement in our economic. All 4 of the Repblican candidates hit the persecution of Church running, know one pushed over the edge, but their own people in the Senate and House. Yes, this country is morally banckrupt, but it is up to us as individuals to control our own houses where moral issues are a concern. Did we have to let our children watch movies, or play games that we find offensive, where are the parents, oh they are out their working for $8.00 dollars an hour just to support their children…..they are working so they can maintain that house and that car, and keep their children in private school because “public school” has been deemed a place that you don’t want your child to go…So, I say to you that it is not Rick Santorum’s place to preach about morality to the masses unless he is planning on being a preacher, that is the job of the preacher and the family. Rick Santorum is running for the office of President and has to be objective while holding on to his own morality. Now to the issue of the gays being born that way, can she please provide me with scripture for that statement, because I always thought it was a lifestyle choice that they made. I made the choice to believe in God’s word of Adam and Eve, because all of us have to choice to choose whatever lifestyle we want. As far as I know you can be born either black, white, yellow, brown, etc. The word that you are looking for is SIN is in the camp. People we need to get back to reading the good book for oursleves. Stop taking the word of our preachers for what is in the Bible. Read it for yourselves, get an understanding of what is in it and maybe some of these problems that we are having, such as racial injustice, sexual immorality, won’t be a problem. We don’t mind giving gays and lebsians, yet we don’t even want to have a discourse on 200+ years of racial inequailty. You want to act like it didn’t happen or exist. When we have a true conversation on that issue maybe a change will happen. The reasons that Republican whites want Obama out of the office is racial. The reason that he has not been able to make the changes is because the people elected, but the minority of racist white people with money made sure to be road block to anything that might have helped this country as a whole. At the end of the day let us call it what it is, however, that doesn’t change the fact that one day we will all have to stand before God. What do you think that he will say about each of us, because I guarantee you it will not be a group conversation, we will not be able to use someone as our excuse, we will not be able to claim ignorance, we will simply have no excuses when we get ready to give Him an answer to his questions of Why? Are we more afraid of men then God, who gave us life, and can take it away from us when he gets ready. But for his Son, Jesus dying on the Cross of Calvary we probably like the Adam and Eve, banished from the Garden, like all but Noah and his family, like the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah Destroyed! However, that is our end if we do not heed God’s word which is found in his word, the Bible. Let’s read it and see if we can get an understanding of what is right and what is not. As always God Bless all of you.

  9. Mary M says:

    You say in your interview on GBTV that we have to restore the discourse about what is right and what is wrong but then you chastise Mr. Santorum as a Presidential Candidate for bringing those very conversations into the public forum. I don’t get you. Why are you not then supporting the candidate who is willing to have those conversations in an honest way based on his own experience as a man of God, a husband, and a father?

  10. Mary M says:

    @ Sam: Thank you. Santorum has gotten stuck on the morality tred mill by virtue of the press/media’s fasination with this subject or more succinctly because they wish to be the distractors from the truly important issues that face our country for this election. Interestingly, she chastises Mr. Santorum for his morality stance when at the same time I am watching an episode on GBTV where she is advocating the the return of the traditional family and the breakdown of morality in our society has is basis in the decline of the traditional family. If you listen closely to Mr. Santorum you will note that this is his very argument.

  11. James says:

    I’ve stumbled onto this site twice but I don’t think there will be a third time. “Conservative Black Chick”? This anti-Santorum screed reads like something from the Root or any other liberal web site.

    You’re a conservative? Really? Perhaps you’re one of those libertarians. You know, the folks who think somehow we can have small government and social anarchy. Good luck with that.

    I could understand a critique of Santorum’s clumsy and ill-timed foray into the social wilderness that basically says, “Rick, your heart’s in the right place, but now is not the time”. That’s what I would expect from a conservative who wants to see Obama defeated. But no. You go for the “Rick’s a 14th century neanderthal throwback with a hypocrite for a wife” angle. Lovely.

    I think your crass response to Santorum says more about you than it does about him. There’s nothing otherworldly about what he has said. Sure, his words may be out of the mainstream, but the social irresponsibility of our people and the fiscal irresponsibility of our government IS mainstream and it’s destroying the country a little bit every day. It’s high time somebody said something about both – not just the fiscal insanity.

    You might want to think about changing the title of this blog.

  12. Sam says:

    Unfortunately, this entry is one gigantic non sequitur. Mary’s comment disposes of your basic premise.

    The Democrats (via Stephanapolous) injected birth control & sex into the campaign. Santorum did not; his mistake was answering the foolish and irrelevant questions put to him by Obama media flaks. These questions are presented instead of real issues because Obama can’t run on his record.

    Roy’s comments are simply absurd. We don’t preach “separation of church & state.” That is not part of America, leftists notwithstanding. Read the Declaration of Independence & Federalist Papers. The power of the state comes from God; if you deny that, the State will become your god.

  13. Debra says:

    The entire Republican Party doesn’t have a clue. You are all a bunch of crazy people. Obama 2012

  14. Roy O McClish says:

    I just found your website. I hope to read more of your comments, great job.

    As a life-long Republican, I am as perplexed with my party as ever. We are presented with four candidates whose rhetoric or worse, record, does not suggest accomplishing republican ideals.

    Our record at reducing government, balancing the budget, and tackling our debt PROBLEM is far from successful.

    We preach separation of Church and State but run with Christ as our ally often focusing our morality from a biblical view instead of governing for the people.

    Hypocrisy is not just a problem with Santorum, it’s a problem for our party. It’s time to drop “conservatism” from republic ism and just be Republicans.

  15. Doug Reed says:

    While I’m happy to see that you’re not on the Santorum bandwagon, I’m curious about your reasons. Does the fact that his wife has, in your view, a checkered past, really disqualify him? Does the need for conservative consistency mean that every candidate (and their spouse) has to have publicly held nothing but Tea Party-approved positions dating all the way back to their youths?

    On the other hand, you condemn him for his association with the Foster Friess aspirin comment. So, in that instance, his sexual mores should be looser – but his wife’s should have been stricter?

    Given your oft-stated distaste for Romney, I thought you would have been thrilled at Santorum’s rise, and I’m trying to understand your objection.

    I’m curious how you reconcile your support for Gingrich, who has his picture in Webster’s under “hypocrisy”, with your condemnation of Santorum? Given any living politician, who would be your preference for the GOP nominee?

    As for me, you know which way I lean. I’m writing in a Bernie Sanders/Barney Frank ticket in November.

  16. Mary says:

    It may all be true, but you are not allowing for the fact of conversion.
    Is IS possible to leave one’s sinful life behind and to live by a whole new set of values.
    Jesus said “Go and sin no more.” He didn’t say “you weren’t perfect from the beginning, so away with you!”

  17. Tom Johnson says:


    While I agree that Karen has some “splainin” to do, as a Christian, I believe that God may have changed her heart on abortion. It’s seems obvious from interviews that she values life, in spite of the condition of their daughter, Bella. Also, I’m surprised that as a self-professed conservative, you would not advocate for moralism as the basis for financial solvency.

    It’s clear from The Bible, that God provides the means for wealth, and if our country doesn’t make following Him a priority, we will lose:

    “When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the LORD your God for the good land he has given you. Be careful that you do not forget the LORD your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day…

    But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth…

    …If you ever forget the LORD your God and follow other gods and worship and bow down to them, I testify against you today that you will surely be destroyed. Like the nations the LORD destroyed before you, so you will be destroyed for not obeying the LORD your God.” – Deuteronomy 8:10-11, 18-20

  18. beverly says:

    Finally someone has pointed out this guys flaws. I would consider them flaws but this article will not be received well on a conservative site like Townhall. They agree with all his views. I’m really getting disenchanted with this Republican party.
    I wish Romney would have the backbone to stand up against this hatred towards women.
    Santorums views on gays is another step into the past. He truly believes they are not born gay. But a lifestyle choice.
    How can anyone be serious about this guy ?

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