The Bradley Foundation, a charitable group promoting conservative ideals, has named Michael Barone, Paul Gigot, Bradley Smith and John Taylor as winners of its annual prize for outstanding achievement.
- Barone is senior political analyst for The Washington Examiner and resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.
- Gigot is editorial-page editor of The Wall Street Journal and won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for commentary.
- Smith is a law professor at Capital University and former member of the Federal Election Commission.
- Taylor is an economics professor at Stanford University and senior fellow in economics at the Hoover Institution.
The awards will be presented Wednesday at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and include a stipend of $250,000 for each winner.
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“When we began this award seven years ago, we realized there were very few opportunities for conservatives to be recognized for their achievements,” Bradley Foundation President and CEO Michael Grebe told Newsmax.TV.
“First, this is intended to make conservatives feel good about themselves. It’s a great gathering of conservative leaders from across the country. Second, we hope the award will motivate others to similar achievements and to help move the conservative movement forward.”
Grebe, former general counsel of the Republican National Committee, is extremely alarmed by the growth of the federal government.
“We’re forfeiting the futures of our children and grandchildren because of the out of control spending during the Obama administration,” he said.
“It must come to a stop.”
While American institutions are under attack, Grebe remains confident about the future. “These attacks have awakened the conservative movement in this country,” he said.
“There are clear indications we’re going to see conservatives very successful in November elections. I’m confident for the changes in public policy that will come as a result of that.”
It’s important that Republicans remain true to their conservative principles, Grebe says. “If we’re steadfast in sticking with them, we’ll be successful.”
And he believes the tea party can help, as it has “energized the conservative movement.”
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