FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 8, 2007
Contact: Garrick Taylor
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Laura Knaperek Endorses Reagan 21 Program
Pledges never to support earmark spending
TEMPE, AZ – Former state legislator and Arizona Congressional District 5 candidate Laura Knaperek today endorsed Reagan 21, a new national organization launched by Arizona Congressman John Shadegg designed to return the Republican Party to its fundamental values of fiscal responsibility, freedom and limited government.
“I wholeheartedly applaud Congressman Shadegg for taking the initiative to launch this important new organization. We simply must rebuild the people’s trust in our government and party,” Knaperek said.
“The Reagan 21 program reminds us all that the Republican Party is the party of fiscal responsibility and optimism. As a candidate for Arizona’s 5th Congressional District, I am proud to endorse the principles of Reagan 21. Let us return to the Republican Party of Ronald Reagan,” Knaperek said.
In keeping with the Reagan 21 commitment to ethics in government and fiscal responsibility, Knaperek has pledged not to support earmark spending or pursue pork barrel projects when elected to Congress.
“Earmarks are often inserted into bills with no transparency and can easily be used as a political payback. As a result, we now have former Members of Congress that are in prison for public corruption,” Knaperek said. “We must reform the entire system so that members of the people’s House do not have so many easy opportunities for corruption. The citizens of our country deserve a government that is transparent in its transactions and free from corruption.”
While in the Arizona State Legislature, Knaperek earned a reputation as a budget hawk committed to reigning in government spending.
“The American people have rightly lost confidence in Congress’ ability to be responsible stewards of our tax dollars. Pork barrel spending is just one example of how Congress has lost all fiscal discipline. I have a clear record as a fiscal conservative and I fully embrace the values of Reagan 21. When I’m elected to Congress, I will never pursue an earmark and I will fight to put an end to this unethical practice,” Knaperek said.
Knaperek continued, saying, “I call on Harry Mitchell and the other candidates in the race to make this same pledge never to support earmarks or pork barrel projects.”