COLLINSVILLE — Former Alton resident Phyllis Schlafly helped fire up a crowd gathered Wednesday to hear potential GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty and his call for low taxes, small government, traditional family values and a reliance on God.
Schlafly, 86, appeared at a rally themed "The Metro East Miracle," hosted by Adam Andrzejewski, the founder of For the Good of Illinois PAC.
Schlafly, Andrzejewski and other speakers urged the Republicans in the crowd to rely on grass-roots efforts when it appears the cards are stacked against them.
Schlafly became nationally famous when she wrote "A Choice, Not an Echo," Andrzejewski pointed out. The book was written in support of Republican nominee Barry Goldwater’s 1964 presidential campaign. It sold 3 million copies.
"The most important person in American politics is not the president of the United States, it is the precinct committeeman," she said.
She recalled the time in the 1970s when she helped rally the conservatives in Springfield to defeat the proposed Equal Rights Amendment. She said that nobody thought it could be done when leaders from both parties were for ERA.
"It is possible to win when everybody is against you," she said.
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