I received a response from Judith Connell which I will gladly post in entirety in the spirit of fairness. I will also apologize to Judy for impugning her pro-life values.
I do need to express my continued extreme frustration and disappointment with endorsements by pro-life / pro-family leaders (present and former) of candidates who oppose any efforts to protect life and the family.
Here is Judith’s reply:
On first read of your blog of Wednesday, July 19th, my instinct was to dismiss the many errors, omissions and inaccuracies; however, after you apologized for the same offense regarding Nathan Sproul in your Thursday, July 20th blog, it is necessary to set you and the record straight.
First, I served Arizona Right to Life because of principles, convictions and values, which I hold dear. In more than 23 years of involvement in the political arena, no one has ever questioned my credibility as a pro-life conservative. For you to have done so makes you look foolish.
Did I take the abuse of Dr. Brian Finkel while picketing his office for weeks for money?
Did I run for the legislature against a pro-abortion candidate who won and was later convicted in AZ Scam for money?
Was money the driving factor that led me to manage one of Congressman Trent Franks’ earlier legislative campaigns?
Certainly I could continue to enumerate, but surely you must get the picture. I’ve lived my principles. Money could never purchase them. I have proven time and again my convictions regarding the pro-life situation.
You hold my relationship and endorsement with Senator Carolyn Allen up as proof that my whole life’s work is invalid, and you are wrong young man; quite wrong.
I first met Sen. Allen when she and I served on a Governor’s Task Force on Teen Pregnancy Prevention. It was there we found common ground. We shared the conviction that preventing teen pregnancy went a long way toward preventing abortions.
It is precisely because I was willing to reach across the divide and work with an elected official who is pro-choice that progress is made. The door was opened and we could find common ground because I was willing to listen. Since I left that position, noticeably the door has once again closed. Nothing has been accomplished. Just as my wise Grandmother told me, “You attract more bees with honey than vinegar.” You might want to give that some thought. No one has made an effort to solicit Sen. Allen’s input and not an inch of ground has been gained. When we approach those who are pro-choice, as is Sen. Allen, with an all or nothing mentality, we end up making no progress.
You seem confused as to my status at Arizona Right to Life. I was Legislative Director for nearly 3 years, and Executive Director for six months, a vacant position I reluctantly filled for then Chairman, Laurie Tetzlaff. I went back to lobbying for RTL as soon as the legislative session began and they found a new E.D.
Since you did not contact me before you wrote your original blog, perhaps this information will help you create the next one. You made public many accusations. Many of them have been answered.
Since the entire tirade was based on my endorsement of Senator Allen, perhaps you might want to look at other pro-life elected officials and members of the community who are also supporting Carolyn’s candidacy over that of her pro-life opponent. You might want to consider their endorsement, as well as mine, is based on the fact that Senator Allen is reasoned, well-rounded, and has a proven track record of representing all her constituents, not simply those who share her opinion on single issues. She has mastered the big tent philosophy… something we should all strive for.
You owe your readers an apology and an explanation for the things you wrote about me. They know my life’s work, and do not welcome your exaggerations, but if you are to be credible in your position, you need to print truth and facts. You may well hold your own opinion on anything, but you are not free to smear a life-long soldier in this pro-life march while under the banner of Arizona Right to Life.
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