FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 28, 2011
CONTACT: Michael Marshall
WRIGHT GARNERS MORE ENDORSEMENTS FROM LEADING CONSERVATIVES WHILE THE GREATER PHOENIX CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SNUBS WRIGHT FOR DEBATE
PHOENIX, AZ (July 28) – Mayoral candidate Jennifer Wright is pleased to announce the endorsements of several more conservative leaders, including Arizona State Senator Andy Biggs (R-22); Arizona State Representatives Judy Burges (R-4), Jack Harper (R-4), Carl Seel (R-6), and David Burnell Smith (R-7); John Corey Wentling, Chairman of Arizona Citizens Defense League; and Samuel J. Wurzelbacher, a.k.a. “Joe the Plumber.”
The additional endorsements signals ever-increasing momentum in the Wright campaign. In just a few short months, mayoral candidate Jennifer Wright has gone from virtual unknown to primary contender in the Phoenix Mayor’s race, with leading political pundits predicting Wright is poised to make it to the November run-off election.
At the same time, the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce has opted to exclude Wright from the August 15th televised debate they are hosting on KPHO, citing Wright’s failure to raise $50,000 by May 31. Wright entered the race on May 6, turning in her signatures to qualify for the ballot on May 30, and chose not to begin active fundraising until June, when she qualified for the ballot.
“While I respect the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce’s right as a private organization to select debate participants, I am deeply disappointed in the Chamber’s decision. Phoenix voters deserve to hear from all candidates who have qualified for the ballot in order to make an informed decision regarding the mayoral election,” stated Wright. “Money alone should not be a reason to exclude someone from a debate. This exclusion symbolizes everything that is wrong in politics, and everything society is fighting against on a local and national level.”
Today’s endorsements comes on the heels of the previously announced endorsements of Arizona State Senate President Russell Pearce (R-18), former Congressman J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ), Arizona Senator Linda Gray (R-10) and the support from Arizona Freedom Alliance, a group comprised of 26 Arizona Tea Party organizations.
Campaigning on a platform of creating an environment where jobs and opportunities flourish, communities are safe and secure, and city government is run with fiscal responsibility, Wright has been hailed as the only true conservative in the race for Phoenix mayor.
A lawyer, economist, mother and activist with the Tea Party, Wright is seen by many as the most likely candidate to challenge the field of entrenched political interests running for the office of Mayor.
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