(CNSNews.com) - A Democrat who figured in President Clinton's impeachment scandal announced he is endorsing Republican Alan Keyes for the GOP presidential nomination.
David Schippers served as chief counsel for Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee during the impeachment and investigation of President Bill Clinton in 1998.
In a statement issued by the Keyes campaign in Bedford, New Hampshire, Schippers said, "I have followed the campaign in Iowa and here in New Hampshire. I have watched and listened to all the candidates. There are many good and decent men seeking the office of President of the United States. There is, however, only one who will be able to lead this country back to the status of Moral Leader of the World that it once enjoyed. And once that goal is achieved all else will follow. That man is Alan Keyes."
Schippers said he's endorsing Keyes because America needs a leader.
"There are many fine members in the Congress. I encountered selflessness and patriotism in [House Judiciary Committee Chairman] Henry Hyde and the other Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee.
"And the raw courage of the thirteen House Managers should serve as an outstanding example for everyone in politics. The seed has been planted and needs only to be cultivated. A leader is needed -- one who can inspire both Congress and the people, one who possesses the honesty to say exactly what he thinks, the integrity to stick by his code regardless of the consequences, and the courage to face down the enemies of the Republic, foreign and domestic," Schippers said.
In a veiled criticism of the Clinton administration, Schippers said, "If the presidency mirrors the morality of the people, then we are losing our soul as a nation. I do not believe this administration is a paradigm of America. I believe that the people are just as honest, just as decent and just as God fearing as they were two hundred years ago.
"We will not regain our national dignity, however, merely by having a strong economy or by adding more and more material luxuries and then flaunting them."
Schippers, a registered Democrat, is a defense lawyer and former assistant US attorney for northern Illinois and a former chief of the Department of Justice Organized Crime and Racketeering Section in Chicago.