Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on.
- Rocker Steve Tyler of the band Aerosmith spoke recently with regret about his girlfriend’s abortion back in the 1970s. Now LifeSiteNews.com has tracked down Steve’s former girlfriend, Julia Holcomb — and she’s now pro-life! “I became lost in a rock and roll culture,” she recounts. “In Steven’s world it was sex, drugs, and rock and roll … I didn’t know it then, but I would barely make it out alive.” Julia is now a devout Catholic, happily married and the mother of seven children. Read the rest of this story over at LifeSiteNews.com.
- Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, a Michigan Republican who represents a district in suburban Detroit, is considering a presidential run in 2012. Known for quoting free-market economists and also lyrics from Led Zeppelin on the House floor, McCotter has been known to be a little eccentric. “I think the majority of the Republican electorate isn’t happy with the choices they’ve got and want to take a look at new people,” he said. McCotter claimed that the GOP must tackle four pressing matters: “The challenge of globalization, the war for freedom against terrorists, the rise of Communist China and whether moral relativism erodes a nation built on self-evident truth.” Speaking recently to CV Blogger Kathryn Lopez about the ‘seamless garment’, McCotter said: “Ultimately, our life shall be measured as a whole. Thus, I do not muse on how being a Catholic affects my public life; I think about how being a Catholic affects my entire life. I do not compartmentalize my Catholicism.” A powerful testimony. But little-known outside of Detroit, McCotter would face long odds on being able to assemble the resources necessary for a national campaign.
- New Mexico Lt. Gov. John Sanchez is running for the Senate seat held by retiring Sen. Jeff Bingaman, a pro-abortion Democrat. On that most important issue, John Sanchez would be a major improvement from Sen. Bingaman. In every campaign, John Sanchez has always stood strong for the right to life. To get the Republican nomination, Sanchez must beat back former Rep. Heather Wilson, who has upset pro-lifers and conservatives alike by voting for embryonic destructive research and for the TARP bailout. A businessman for over 30 years, Sanchez said: “It’s all about jobs, the economy and the fact that the federal government is simply spending way too much money. It’s immoral that we’re spending money that we simply don’t have.” New Mexico has the highest percentage of Hispanics in the country, which could help Sanchez (two of three Democrats in the Senate race are also Hispanic). Politics runs in John’s family; his great-great grandfather was a territorial legislator in 1860.