Rick Santorum has gone from junior senator to senior fellow: As of today, the Pennsylvania Republican is an employee of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, a Washington-based think tank. “I want to contribute to the world of ideas,” he says.Read the whole thing here.
At EPPC, Santorum joins a roster of established conservative thinkers, such as president M. Edward Whelan III (a contributor to NRO’s Bench Memos) and papal biographer George Weigel. Two other recent EPPC hires are Stanley Kurtz (an NRO regular) and Yuval Levin, who most recently served in the Bush administration.
Santorum plans to organize lectures and conferences, write articles, and work on a book. (His book agent is Kathy Lubbers, who is Newt Gingrich’s daughter.) “We expect to be very, very active,” he says. One of his focal points will be religious liberty and how people of faith might confront radical Islam.
At least two members of Santorum’s Senate staff will join him at EPPC: Mark Rodgers, his former chief of staff, will be a fellow and Melissa Anderson (a former NR employee) will be associate director of the America’s Enemies program.
Santorum will raise all the funds for the program — something he wasn’t allowed to start doing until last Thursday, when his tenure in the Senate came to an official end. “Our goal is to raise several hundred thousand dollars in 2007,” he says.
The former senator also plans to join a law firm in D.C. “I’m talking to a few firms right now, but working on the America’s Enemies program is my first priority.”
Actually, the support network is bi-partisan. I know a guy whose law partners include a former Senate majority leader [D], a former Senate minority whip [R], and a former Speaker of the House [D]. He may be adding Santorum to his trophy wall soon.