ALRA Releases Its Primary Candidate Endorsements

MESA, ARIZONA (July 11, 2012) – In light of the unprecedented importance placed on the 2012 electoral cycle, the Executive Board of the Arizona Latino Republican Association (ALRA) decided to break with its former practice and officially vet and endorse some primary candidates.

After a review of the candidacies and political platforms of the Republicans in various key races, the ALRA Executive Board has taken formal votes to decide which candidates are most in line with our conservative platforms and values. The result of those votes is as follows:

  • Maricopa County Sheriff – Joe Arpaio
  • Congressional District 3 – Gabriela Saucedo Mercer
  • Congressional District 5 – Matt Salmon
  • Legislative District 8 Representative – T J Shope
  • Legislative District 13 Representative – Steve Montenegro
  • Legislative District 21 Representative – Rick Gray
  • Legislative District 21 Representative – Debbie Lesko
  • Legislative District 25 Senator – Russell Pearce
  • Gilbert Justice of the Peace – James Estrada

Congratulations to all on receiving ALRA’s endorsement of their respective campaigns. We look forward to working with all of them to strengthen the conservative representation that is vital to the future dignity, security and prosperity of the people of Arizona.

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Rep Ben Quayle Responds to Supreme Court Decision on Obamacare

WASHINTON (DC) – Congressman Ben Quayle released the following statement after the United States Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of President Obama’s “Affordable Care Act” on a 5-4 majority.

“I believe that today’s decision was a disaster for the American people and the American healthcare system. Even before full implementation, Obamacare costs drastically more than promised, raises the costs of healthcare for American families and harms the ability of businesses to offer health insurance, or even hire new workers. 

“I will continue to fight every day for the full repeal of this government takeover of healthcare. The fight against Obamacare doesn’t end today – it’s just getting warmed up”

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Rep. Ben Quayle Reiterates Call for Holder Resignation Following Hearing

WASHINGTON (DC) – Congressman Ben Quayle released the following statement after a House Judiciary Committee hearing where he questioned Holder directly about the fundamentally flawed “Operation Fast and Furious”.

“Once again, Attorney General Holder tossed away an opportunity to cooperate with the Congressional investigation into the tragic ‘Operation Fast and Furious’. Once again, he did not come clean with the American people about who authorized the operation; who knew about the operation; or when officials at the Justice Department became aware of the operation.”

“I have previously called for Attorney General Holder’s resignation, and more recently called for an immediate floor vote on a contempt of Congress resolution against him. I have long felt that this Attorney General does not garner the confidence and respect demanded of the nation’s top law enforcement officer. I certainly do not believe he’s demonstrated the forthrightness and transparency we expect to see from a person in that post. Today’s hearing unfortunately did nothing to erase my concerns, and in fact strengthened them.

“Attorney General Holder must resign immediately. ‘Operation Fast and Furious’ was ill-conceived and the victims of it deserve to see those responsible held accountable. Attorney General Holder has stood as a roadblock to accountability since this operation came to light. The foot dragging must end, and this Attorney General must go.”

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Rep. Ben Quayle Responds to Disappointing Jobs Report

WASHINGTON (DC) – Congressman Ben Quayle released the following statement in response to the May jobs report, which showed the unemployment rate rising to 8.2% and just 69,000 jobs being added.

“Today’s poor jobs report is yet another sad testament to the failure of President Obama’s economic policy. Well into a supposed economic recovery, the unemployment rate is still above 8%. The President’s policies have failed to energize our economy and bring security and opportunity to struggling families in Arizona and across America. 

“The President has tried debt-driven stimulus measures. He’s tried tax-code gimmicks and subsidy stunts. It’s time he tried simplifying the tax code, reining in regulation and red tape and scrapping his disastrous healthcare bill. For Arizona, where our unemployment rate exceeds the national average, the time for smart economic policy can’t come soon enough.”

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