AKA Deal Wyatt Hudson
Birthplace: Denver, CO
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Party Affiliation: Republican
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Karl Rove's favorite Catholic
Deal Hudson, publisher of the Catholic news magazine Crisis, came to the attention of Karl Rove after he published an article recommending that the Republican party could garner Democratic Catholics if only the GOP would reach out to regular churchgoers. From there it was just a short hop to an informal position on George W. Bush's 2000 Presidential campaign. In his capacity as informal adviser Hudson tutored Bush on the Catholic worldview and reportedly even vetted some of his more important speeches.
In January 2003 Bush appointed Hudson to serve on the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation, along with such luminaries as Bob Dole, John Glenn, Cal Ripken, Steve Young, Cokie Roberts, Dixie Carter, Sean Astin, and Richard Parsons, among others.
Hudson originally came from academia: formerly an associate professor of philosophy at Fordham University (1989-95) and then a visiting professor of medieval studies at NYU. He also chaired the Philosophy department at Mercer University, where he taught for nine years.
It was while teaching at Fordham that Cara Poppas, one of Hudson's 18-year-old philosophy students, filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the professor, claiming that he had sexual intercourse with her after she got drunk in a bar. The suit was reportedly settled out of court for $30,000, Hudson subsequently surrendered his tenure and started his life over in New York.
The incident remained quiet for ten years, until the news broke in August 2004. Hudson promptly resigned from his informal post on Bush's 2004 campaign, declaring: "While I remain fervently committed to supporting President Bush's re-election, I think it best that I no longer play a role as an adviser in this year's campaign."
Interestingly, in September 2003 Hudson opined that the vexatious sexual molestation crisis afflicting the Catholic church was caused by -- yes, yes: those "predatory homosexuals" in the priesthood -- but also a general lack of doctrinal conformity: "I think that dissent is the major cause of the sexual abuse crisis because it has loosened priests and laity alike from their core beliefs, and particularly the core beliefs about sexual morality."
Formerly a Southern Baptist minister.
Father: Jack Wyatt Hudson
Mother: Mildred Emmie Deal
Wife: Nancy Mae Myers (m. 31-Aug-1971, div., annulled 1982)
Wife: (div., annulled 1986)
Wife: Theresa Ann Carver (m. 29-May-1987)
High School: Arlington Heights High School, Fort Worth, TX
University: BA Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin
Theological: MA Divinity, Princeton University
University: PhD, Emory University (1979)
Professor: Fordham University (1989-95)
Professor: New York University
Professor: Mercer University, Atlanta, GA
Aspen Institute Mortimer Adler Fellow (1992-94)
Capital Research Center
Christian Coalition Catholic Alliance, Board of Directors
Republican National Committee
Sexual Harassment Lawsuit filed 1995, reportedly settled for $30,000
Converted to Catholicism Feb-1982
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