Reagan biographer and conservative strategist Craig Shirley e-mails in response to Rudy Giuliani's invocation of the "11th Commandment" in a CNN television package.
“Rudy Giuliani knows as much about the 11th Commandment as he does about conservatism, which is very little. The 11th Commandment was a term created by the Chairman of the California Republican Party, Gaylord Parkinson in 1966. Reagan adopted it to mean that one Republican did not attack another Republican’s patriotism, fidelity or sobriety. Politicians like Giuliani hide behind it when criticized by another on issues, which Reagan did plenty against Ford in 1976 and George Bush in 1980.”
Shirley is the author of “Reagan’s Revolution” and the forthcoming book “Rendezvous with Destiny." He is also the chairman of the board of the revised Citizens For The Republic, a Reaganite revival political group that's already raised around $20M.
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