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Ann Kirkpatrick: A reckless and irresponsible record that cannot be repeated

Jonathan Paton

Kirkpatrick broke the public’s trust, bankrupted our country 

Jonathan Paton warned Thursday that Ann Kirkpatrick’s record in Congress was reckless and irresponsible, and said that if she’s elected again, Kirkpatrick will continue to add to our deficit and destroy American jobs.

One of Kirkpatrick’s first votes as a member of Congress was for Nancy Pelosi’s budget, which would have added $1.2 trillion to our national debt. The budget was called “the most fiscally irresponsible budget in the history of the federal government.” (The Union Leader, April 5, 2009)

That’s in addition to her voting for the failed stimulus and ObamaCare – two massive spending packages the country cannot afford.

And who can forget how Kirkpatrick wasted more than $100,000 on bonuses for her staff and campaign aides after she lost her election.

“Ann Kirkpatrick was reckless and irresponsible with taxpayer dollars, voting for policies and spending packages that further bankrupted our country. As if that wasn’t enough, Kirkpatrick went on a personal spending binge after losing her race, burning through more than $100,000 to reward her staff and political aides,” Paton said. “Ann Kirkpatrick has broken the public trust. She simply cannot be trusted ever again.”

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ICYMI: Arizona Daily Wildcat throws support behind Paton for CD-1

Jonathan Paton

Today, the Arizona Daily Wildcat student newspaper threw its support behind Jonathan Paton for Arizona’s First District, citing Paton’s work on CPS reform and efforts to increase government transparency. The editorial also noted Kirkpatrick’s ineffectiveness during her previous term in Congress despite Democrats controlling the House, Senate, and Presidency.

The Wildcat is the daily student newspaper of the University of Arizona, the alma mater of both Paton and Kirkpatrick. Paton was the only Republican that the paper endorsed.

Arizona Daily Wildcat: Paton for Congressional District 1

His opponent, Ann Kirkpatrick, has greater recognition and has already served a term from 2008 to 2010. But during that time, Democrats controlled both the House and the Senate, and still proved to be ineffective at offering long-term solutions to control spending.

In 2009, Paton helped push “Kaity’s Law,” an effort that increased protection for domestic violence victims in dating relationships. In 2010, he led a series of hearings into Arizona’s Child Protective Services after the deaths of three children from Tucson, whose parents had been investigated by CPS. Paton offered his voice to victims whose own voices are too often minimized, and he supports greater transparency in government.

The Arizona Newspapers Association has twice given a Freedom of Information Award to Paton, an advocate of open government records.

Though we don’t agree with all of Paton’s political positions, he has proven himself to be a staunch supporter of government transparency. The Daily Wildcat endorses Paton for Congressional District 1.

AZ01’s Ann Kirkpatrick Remains in “Bunker Mode”

Jonathan Paton

Jonathan Paton appeared on Fox 10’s Newsmaker Sunday program with respected newsman John Hook yesterday to talk about the race for Arizona’s First District and the issues that are important to the voters, such as job creation. Hook is widely respected in Arizona and nationally, having been invited to interview President Obama.

Jonathan hoped to get the chance to appear with Ann Kirkpatrick. She refused. As John Hook explains in the opening, Kirkpatrick refused to even be interviewed separately. She wouldn’t do an interview via Skype or Phone. She’s also turned down requests from other television stations, as many of you know.

You can see the opening of the show where Hook talks about his invitation here:

To watch the entire interview here.

FOX 10 News – Phoenix, AZ | KSAZ-TV

Here is what Jonathan Paton had to say about Kirkpatrick’s continued refusal to talk to the voters on camera:

“One of the basic roles of a member of Congress is to actually communicate with real live people. I can’t imagine why Ann Kirkpatrick refuses to be interviewed on camera, except that she knows her plan to continue supporting Obamacare and trillion dollar deficits isn’t what the voters want. No wonder she doesn’t want to talk about her plans on camera.” — Jonathan Paton

FACT CHECK: Sinema Lies About Breast Feeding Moms Legislation; Taking Credit for Jonathan Paton’s Bill

Phoenix, AZ – Today the Vernon Parker campaign called on Kyrsten Sinema to immediately pull her blatantly false television ad claiming she sponsored legislation to protect breast feeding moms.

Sinema’s Claim: “It was Sinema’s legislation that protected breastfeeding mothers like us from indecent exposure laws”

FACT: HB 2376 was introduced by Jonathon Paton and Tim Bee. To see the actual bill click this link: http://www.azleg.state.az.us/legtext/47leg/2r/bills/hb2376p.pdf

“Shame on Kyrsten Sinema for taking credit for someone else’s work. She should immediately apologize for lying about her record and apologize for calling stay at home moms leeches. Then she should take down this deceptive television commercial and finally come clean about her record,” said Alyssa Pivirotto, Parker Communications Director.

Small Business Backs Paton in Newly Formed 1st Arizona Congressional District

NFIB cites candidate’s strong voting record on small business issues

PHOENIX, ARIZ., October 16, 2012 – The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) today announced its support for former state legislator Jonathan Paton in the newly drawn 1st Congressional District. 

Jonathan Paton

“Jonathan Paton was a solid defender of small business in the Arizona Legislature and his views on federal issues are perfectly consistent with the positions identified by our members in Arizona,” said Lisa Goeas, NFIB Vice President of Political and Grassroots.  “He was a strong voice for small business in Phoenix and our members are counting on his leadership in Washington.”

NFIB ballots its members to identify their positions on key federal and state issues.  The organization tracks the votes of every member of Congress and the respective legislatures and applies a score from zero to 100 percent (the best).  As a member of the Arizona Legislature, Paton earned a lifetime 82 percent score with NFIB.  His opponent, former one-term member of Congress Ann Kirkpatrick, voted with small business only 43 percent of the time during her tenure.

“Arizona small business owners want a representative in Washington who will do more than talk about supporting their interests,” said NFIB Arizona State Director Farrell Quinlan.  “We worked closely with Jonathan Paton in the state legislature and our members trust him to vote for small business on the tough issues.”

Paton’s endorsement comes from NFIB’s Save America’s Free Enterprise Trust (SAFE), the association’s political action committee, and is based on positions regarding key small-business issues including health care, taxes, and labor and regulatory issues.

Small-business owners and their employees vote in high numbers and are known for actively recruiting friends, family members and acquaintances to go to the polls. NFIB will encourage its members in Arizona to help turn out the small-business vote for Jonathan Paton this coming Election Day.

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NFIB is the nation’s leading small-business advocacy association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small- and independent-business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s powerful network of grassroots activists send their views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information about NFIB is available online at www.NFIB.com/newsroom.

Congressional Majority Fund Comes to Arizona – Wednesday, October 17

The Arizona Congressional Majority Fund

Invites You to Attend a Southern Arizona Reception in Support of

Martha McSally, Vernon Parker &
Jonathan Paton for Congress

Featuring

Congressman Pete Sessions
Chairman, National Republican Congressional Committee

Congressman Greg Walden
Deputy Chairman, National Republican Congressional Committee

Congressman Andy Harris, MD

Home of Joy and Dr. Jeff Maltzman
Tucson
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Event Chairman Co-Chair Host Committee Individual Tickets
$10,000 $2,500 $1,000 $250

For questions or to RSVP please contact Katie Fischer at (480)570-7887 / katherinemfischer@gmail.com or Jess Yescalis at (602) 400-5683 / jyescalis@aol.com.

Contributions to the joint fundraising committee, or any of the participating committees individually, are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes.

Jonathan Paton releases new ad: “Words”

Kirkpatrick said she wouldn’t second-guess the president, and her record reflects it

Jonathan Paton released a new ad today that holds Ann Kirkpatrick accountable for supporting ObamaCare, while showering her staff and campaign aides with more than $100,000 in taxpayer-funded bonuses.

“Ann Kirkpatrick voted for ObamaCare and rubber-stamped the failed policies coming out of Washington that have hurt our economy, stifled job creation and added to our debt,” said Jonathan Paton. “It’s important that our next representative serves as a check-and-balance on the executive branch, no matter if the president is Republican or Democrat.”

It was also revealed by the Arizona Republic that after being voted out of office in 2010, Kirkpatrick spent more than $100,000 on bonuses to her staff in her final 48 hours in office. She even brought campaign aides onto her official staff and used taxpayer dollars to reward them.

You can view the ad here:

Script as follows:

I’m Jonathan Paton and I approve this message.
Ann Kirkpatrick…
“…I completely support what the President did with the Affordable Care Act”
We know…
Kirkpatrick voted for ObamaCare…
…cutting Medicare by $716 billion
…empowering 15 unelected bureaucrats to deny seniors care
While Kirkpatrick showered her staff and campaign aides with “more than $100,000” in taxpayer-funded bonuses.
Ann Kirkpatrick:
“I’m not going to second-guess the president…”
Yeah, we know.

 

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New Poll Shows Jonathan Paton Leading Ann Kirkpatrick in AZ-01

Paton up 5 points as candidates face-off in Marana for last debate 

As Jonathan Paton and Ann Kirkpatrick prepare to square off in their last debate of the campaign tonight in Marana, a new poll shows Paton pulling away from Kirkpatrick with early voting beginning in just days.

The poll, conducted by the National Republican Congressional Committee on October 4, has Paton up 50% to 45% for Kirkpatrick with 5% undecided. The poll had 501 respondents with a margin of error +/-4.3%.

“It’s no wonder Ann Kirkpatrick and her special interest allies in Washington are leveling so many outrageous and false attacks against me: they’re losing,” said Jonathan Paton.

Paton added: “We’re winning because the people of this district believe that my plan for creating jobs and repealing Obamacare is the better one compared to Ann Kirkpatrick’s votes for trillion dollar deficits, funding our budget by borrowing from China, doling out taxpayer dollars to campaign staff, and redistributing money from Medicare to pay for Obamacare.”

To view the full results of the NRCC poll, click here: http://www.nrcc.org/2012/10/08/nrcc-memo-arizonas-first-district/

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Special Event for Martha McSally, Jonathan Paton & Vernon Parker with House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy