EWING - Lee County Republicans will have the opportunity Saturday to meet a contender for the U.S. presidency at the party's annual Lincoln Day Dinner.
Dr. Hugh Cort, of Alabama, who describes himself as a lifelong Republican, a member of Physicians for Life and a member of the President's Club of the Republican National Committee, will speak at the 6 p.m. dinner, to be held at Thomas Walker High School.
Damie Carter, chairwoman of the Lee County Republican Party, said she was contacted by Cort's state campaign manager about upcoming county party activities.
"I just happened to invite him, and he accepted," said Carter of how the candidate was drawn to Lee County.
Campaign Manager Steve Kush, founding partner of the political consulting firm Kush and Associates, said Cort's campaign is truly a grass-roots campaign, and that is why he is visiting places such as Lee County.
"We're going to fight for votes in every single state in the union, and Virginia is one of those states," he said, adding that Cort is visiting every event he can work into his schedule as he works for the party's nomination. Kush noted that the candidate will be in Virginia Beach that morning, then drive across the entire state to Virginia's westernmost voting precinct.
Cort announced his candidacy for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination with a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 21, 2005, where he also autographed copies of his book, "Saddam's Attacks on America: 1993; September 11, 2001; and the Anthrax Attacks," that demonstrates how Saddam funded and assisted Osama bin Laden in attacking America. Cort filed the necessary paperwork for his presidential candidacy with the Federal Elections Commission by mail on Monday.
According to his Web site - www.hughcort2008.com/ - Cort is an internationally recognized counterterrorism expert and author who lives in Mountain Brook, Ala., with his wife of 18 years, Deborah.
He is a member of Cahaba Fellowship and is active in medical missions to Africa, and he is a member of Gideons International, which distributes free Bibles worldwide. He is also a physician in the practice of psychiatric medicine.
Cort is a Christian conservative who believes in traditional values and strongly supports amendments to the U.S. Constitution banning abortion and stating that marriage is between a man and a woman only. He is against raising taxes and for reducing government spending. He is pro-business and is in favor of tort reform to reduce frivolous lawsuits.
Admission to the dinner is $10 for adults, while children 12 and under can eat free.