Frank Antenori receives Southern Arizona Home Builders Association Endorsement


The Southern Arizona Home Builders Association, SAHBA, has endorsed Senator Frank Antenori’s candidacy for re-election to the Arizona State Senate stating “we strongly believe that you are the right candidate for moving Arizona and Pima County forward.”

Senator Antenori responds, “I’m honored to once again receive the support of an organization that represents the 375 businesses that are the true job creators in southern Arizona and promotes housing opportunities for all Arizonans.”

You can learn more about Senator Antenori by visiting his website at: www.vote4frank.com.

Frank Antenori is the current State Senator in LD10 and is the Senate Majority Whip. Senator Antenori is a highly decorated Green Beret who served in the Special Forces in Desert Storm, Afghanistan, and Iraq. An Emergency Medical Technician since the age of 16, he has served as a Paramedic and a Paramedic Trainer over the course

of his 20 year military career. From 1996 to 2000 he worked alongside paramedics and emergency medical technicians in NY City under a program that allowed Military paramedics to train with civilian EMT’s. Frank is currently employed as an executive program manager in the aerospace industry. He is happily married to his wife Lesley for 19 years and they have two sons.

Frank Antenori: A Response to Patrick Gatti

By Senator Frank Antenori

This morning, while perusing the local left wing rag (Tucson Weekly), I came across an article titled “Congressional Dreaming” written by propaganda specialist Mari Herreras.  It was about the Congressional District 1 race; in particular, it was discussing the “underdogs” in the race.  The article was essentially your standard ho-hum political diatribe until I got near the end and read this gem: “He portrays himself as a warrior, but he was in the National Guard, which I consider to be of lesser quality than full Army.”

Now one might think this might have come from a military loathing lefty; if you thought that, you’d be wrong.  Imagine my surprise when I saw the quote attributed to Republican Congressional candidate Patrick Gatti of Show Low.

This comment would have really set me off if it had come from the left, but the fact that it came from a Republican has ticked me off even more.

In my 20+ years in the military I served in combat with many National Guard and Reserve soldiers.  One of them was SFC Daniel Romero; a fellow Special Forces soldier assigned to the 19th Special Forces Group (Colorado Army National Guard).  Dan and his fellow 19th Group soldiers fought alongside my unit, the 3rd Special Forces Group, in Afghanistan during Operation Anaconda.  Dan was killed in action on April 15th 2002.  I can tell you no one even noticed, let alone mentioned the fact that he was in the National Guard.  To us he was a brother, a fellow Green Beret, who like many before him, laid down his life for his country.  To imply that Dan was a “lesser quality” soldier because he was in the Guard is nothing short of a complete insult. He was one of this country’s most skilled and proficient warriors; above all, he was a patriot.

Since September 11, 2001, the Arizona National Guard has lost seven soldiers in combat.  To be clear, Arizona has lost seven of her finest sons and daughters fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan for our great country and our fine state. All were warriors and patriots, all were cut from the highest quality of American cloth.  To imply they were somehow “lesser quality” is disgraceful.

Every soldier, whether they be active duty, National Guard or Reserves, must meet the Army’s high qualification standards prior to being deployed; everything from physical fitness, combat skills, marksmanship, and Military Occupational Specialty (job) performance levels are evaluated.  These standards are so high that the Pentagon issued a warning in a 2009 report showing data that that 75% of the nation’s 17- to 24-year-olds are ineligible for Army service for a variety of reasons. Add in the washout rates during training, and that percentage grows even higher.  If anything, one can easily say that one must be of the highest quality to serve in the Guard and Reserve.

As far as I’m concerned the only one of “lesser quality” is Mr. Gatti who has demonstrated that he is ignorant of the skills and performance required to be in the Guard and Reserve, not to mention the contribution our Army National Guard and Reserves (a.k.a. Minutemen) have made to this country since the Army’s inception on June 14, 1775.  It is also pretty clear he does not deserve to represent anyone in Congress.

Senator Frank Antenori
Legislative District 30 (new Legislative District 10)