Profile of White House Faith-Based Director

August 27, 2004

Source: Dallas Morning News

On August 27, 2004 Dallas Morning News reported that, "Jim Towey prides himself on his bipartisanship. A self-styled 'pro-life Democrat,' he runs the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, President Bush's program to provide federal dollars for social services through private groups affiliated with churches and other 'faith-based' institutions. Previously, he worked for Sen. Mark Hatfield of Oregon, a Republican, and Florida Gov. Lawton Chiles, a Democrat. One of the challenges he faces, he said, is putting Mr. Bush's philosophy of "compassionate conservatism" into action while avoiding the partisan battles that doom so many initiatives in Washington. He said he shares the president's belief that grassroots efforts can be more effective than big government in delivering services to the needy. And, he added, Mr. Bush has proven early critics of the faith-based approach wrong."