Santorum Touts a Dallas Solution to Urban Poverty

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Behind Every Door’s Dean Wilson (left) and Will Dowell with Rick Santorum. Photo by Claire McCormack Photography

Agree with his politics or not, you can’t accuse Rick Santorum of being inconsistent. While the unsuccessful 2012 GOP presidential candidate makes no bones about his preference for smaller government, he acknowledges the need to address big, persistent problems like crime and poverty. So he’s thrown his weight behind innovative private-sector solutions like Behind Every Door LLC, a Dallas-based group that aims to “transform neighborhoods” by buying up and improving Class-C apartments. Some services at the LLC properties are supported by donations to a 501(c)3 nonprofit called Behind Every Door Ministries, making the outfit a unique sort of hybrid solution.

Friends with one of the group’s investors, Santorum showed up gratis at downtown’s Petroleum Club yesterday noon to talk up Behind Every Door to a crowd of about 100 businesspeople. His support for the local outfit meshes neatly with his own vision of remaking urban America, in part by energizing conservatives to fight for traditional values and stronger families. While he didn’t mention it in his remarks, Santorum’s reportedly open to running again for president in 2016. In an interview before his talk, the former Pennsylvania senator said Republicans should not have lost the 2012 election, but did because “we had a candidate who tried to be all things to all folks, instead of articulating a clear vision for … average Americans.”

12 comments on “Santorum Touts a Dallas Solution to Urban Poverty

  1. If the man weren’t completely obsessed with animal-man sex, I would have a little bit of respect for him.

  2. Santorum may well be sincere in his mind and heart, but he’s flat wrong that the R’s lost the White House last November because of who they nominated. Willard Romney and John McCain are in many ways vastly different individuals, yet the result in ’08 and ’12 was the same. Indeed, the R’s have lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections. That isn’t the messenger. It’s the message. This bad messaging continues, as the R’s in the Senate are poised to vote down expanded background checks for firearms purchases, something that 90% of Americans support. And so it goes.

  3. The group of Senators who voted down the expanded background check measure was bipartisan, not just R’s; as opposed to the healthcare act.

  4. All but five Senate Democrats voted FOR expanded background checks, and all but four Senate Republicans voted AGAINST. If that’s your avid reading of “bipartisan,” then I need to relearn the new math!

  5. The man walks his talk. Highly admirable. Thank you for your good work and public service, Senator! Glad you’re out there in the spotlight on the issues critical to the survival of our nation. Yes, it all starts with the family. Faith+Family=Freedom. Game ON 2016!

  6. HOT Child in the City….Running wild and looking pretty. I love me some Rick Santorum and we share a fantasy. Soilders in showers. I think Kay Bailey has the same one. Traditional values. Traditional fantasies.

    Speaking of family values, I wish D would bring Michelle & Marcus in town for a Reparative Hoe Down at FBC.

  7. That is the definition of bipartisan actually; two parties for or against. Like I said; it was a bipartisan effort to defeat the background checks measure as opposed to the healthcare act.

  8. Will Dowell is working a strong Southern Swoop / Frat Shag in this picture.

  9. While the unsuccessful 2012 GOP presidential candidate makes no bones about his preference for smaller government, he acknowledges the need to address big, persistent problems like the existence of gay people, pornography and scientific consensus.