Howard “Howie” Phillips, a notable figure in the conservative movement, passed away on Saturday at the age of 72.
Phillips served in the Nixon administration but resigned in protest after Nixon distanced himself from conservative ideas.
Phillips left the Republican party in 1974 to found the U.S. Taxpayers Party, now known as the Constitution Party. He unsuccessfully ran for president as a Constitution Party candidate in 1992, 1996, and 2000.
I attended college with Phillips’ son Sam, who shares the following note in remembrance of his father:.
Dad’s commitment to principle was always inspiring to me growing up. For Dad, it was never about power or political advancement. Dad was such an intelligent and charismatic leader and strong communicator, I have no doubt that, had career advancement been his priority, Dad would be more widely known on the political scene today. I recall sitting in on numerous conversations where colleagues expressed to Dad their gratitude for his willingness to take hard stances even when unpopular, stating, ‘You’re willing to do the things we just can’t afford to do.’ Dad dearly loved this country and spent his life fighting for constitutional limited government. I appreciated that Dad always took his beliefs seriously, but never himself.
At Conservative HQ, Richard A. Viguerie writes a fitting tribute calling Phillips, "one of the most articulate, important, effective, and high-profile conservatives opposing both big-government Republicans and Democratic policies and programs to expand government and reduce liberty."