Catholic Strategist for Bush Campaign Resigns As Controversal Allegations Resurface

August 20, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

On August 20, 2004 The Washington Post reported, "Deal W. Hudson, publisher of the conservative Catholic magazine Crisis and a close ally of the Bush White House, has resigned as an adviser to the Bush-Cheney reelection campaign because of allegations that he sexually harassed a Fordham University student a decade ago. Hudson, 54, had been a key player in the Republican Party's effort to attract Roman Catholic voters. Because of his connections to the White House and his friendship with senior presidential adviser Karl Rove, he was widely regarded as a Catholic power broker in Washington... Spokesmen for Hudson, Rove and the Bush campaign said yesterday that they will have no comment beyond Hudson's statement. The article that Hudson had anticipated was published yesterday by the weekly National Catholic Reporter. It chronicled how Hudson's once-promising academic career was derailed by the sexual misconduct charge in 1994."