Duggar (center) with Family Research Council president Tony Perkins in January.
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD. — The oldest son of the Duggar family could be joining the conservative Family Research Council in a senior executive position, according to three sources familiar with the organization.
The hiring of Josh Duggar, 25, the oldest of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s 19 children, will be announced in about a month.
Duggar will be in charge of FRC Action, the organization’s lobbying arm, sources told BuzzFeed. “FRC Action (formerly American Renewal), the non-profit and tax-exempt legislative action arm of Family Research Council, was founded in 1992 to educate the general public and cultural leaders about traditional American values and to promote the philosophy of the Founding Fathers concerning the nature of ordered liberty,” according to FRC Action’s website.
The Duggars parlayed their reality TV show fame into political activism in the past year, appearing on the stump for Rick Santorum throughout the Republican primary process. Josh Duggar recently announced on Today that he and his wife are expecting their third child.
UPDATE: FRC’s Vice President for Communications, JP Duffy, said that a final decision had not been made on Duggar’s hiring. ” We greatly appreciate Josh and the Duggar family’s devotion to the pro-family movement and their counter-cultural courage,” Duffy said. “This is why we have talked to Josh about the position. We have talked to him as well as other candidates but no decision has been made.” (3/15/2013)