Jonathan Paton pledges to protect Medicare in Telephone Town Hall

Connects directly with voters of Arizona’s First Congressional District 

Jonathan Paton held a Telephone Town Hall with hundreds of voters in Arizona’s First Congressional District Thursday night to discuss his pledge to protect and preserve Medicare.

In the hour-long town hall, Paton took questions directly from voters. In addition to discussing his plans to protect Medicare by repealing ObamaCare, Paton also talked about his military service in Iraq, his plans to secure the border and how best to curtail out-of-control spending in Washington, D.C.

“Washington politicians haven’t been telling us the truth,” Paton said. “They stole more than $700 billion from Medicare to pay for ObamaCare, and spending is at record levels. I will continue to travel Arizona and talk to seniors and families about getting our country back on track.”


  • Ann Kirkpatrick voted to cut more than $700 billion from Medicare to pay for ObamaCare. (link)
  • Latest Congressional Budget Office report shows the total in cuts increased by 50 percent. (link)
  • By voting for ObamaCare, Kirkpatrick empowered a board of 15 unelected bureaucrats to cut care to seniors. (link)
  • President ObamaCare and his campaign have admitted to these cuts, and even bragged about them. (link)
  • Jonathan Paton has pledged to repeal ObamaCare and protect and preserve Medicare. (link)
  • Kirkpatrick opposes the repeal of ObamaCare. (link)


Jonathan Paton’s pledge: Preserve and protect Medicare and Social Security

First step is repealing ObamaCare, which cut more than $700 billion from Medicare

Jonathan Paton is reiterating his pledge to preserve and protect Social Security and Medicare, a program Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick voted to cut by more than $700 billion to fund ObamaCare.

“I pledge to the voters of Congressional District 1 that I will work to preserve and protect Medicare and Social Security,” Paton said. “I oppose any legislation that makes changes to benefits or care for those at or near retirement, that cuts benefits or that privatizes either program. Seniors have paid into these programs for years, and we must fulfill our promise to them. That starts with repealing ObamaCare and its more than $700 billion in Medicare cuts, which I completely oppose.”

Ann Kirkpatrick’s vote for ObamaCare in 2010 cut more than $700 billion from Medicare, according to the latest report from the Congressional Budget Office. By raiding Medicare, Kirkpatrick pushed the program closer to bankruptcy, not only putting Medicare in danger moving forward but also impacting benefits for current seniors. In Arizona, more than 900,000 seniors rely on Medicare.

ObamaCare also instituted the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a panel of unelected and unaccountable federal bureacrats who will make decisions about seniors care and benefits.

“The only way to stop these cuts and put seniors back in control of their health care decisions is to repeal ObamaCare,” Paton said. “Ann Kirkpatrick and Barack Obama have put seniors benefits in jeopardy. Their plan is bankrupcy. I pledge I will work to preserve and protect Medicare and Social Security benefits for seniors, like my own father who relies on this care.”


Former Show Low Mayor Rick Fernau Endorses Jonathan Paton

Rick Fernau, a community leader who served as the mayor of Show Low for eight years, released the following statement in support of Jonathan Paton for Congress in Arizona’s First District.

“We need a Representative who will fight for us in Washington. I’m supporting Jonathon Paton because he is a true conservative leader. He will fight to protect our Constitution, and will get things done for the people of rural Arizona.”

About The Candidate: Jonathan Paton is a lifelong and native Arizonan who learned the value of hard work from his parents. After working his way through college as a roofer and dishwasher, Paton graduated from the University of Arizona summa cum laude and with honors. In 1999, Paton enlisted in the United States Army Reserve. In 2000, he was named “Soldier of the Year” for his battalion, brigade, and eventually for the entire 104th Division in 2000. A state representative and senator from 2005 through 2010, Paton made international news after he voluntarily enlisted for service in Iraq in 2006.

About Congressional District 1: The new First Congressional District stretches from northern Pima County all the way to the Utah border, and encompasses many diverse communities including Marana, Oro Valley, Saddlebrooke, Casa Grande, Maricopa City, Globe, Safford, the White Mountains, Flagstaff, Sedona, and the Navajo Nation.


Jonathan Paton – On the Ballot


Today, our campaign turned in 1,846 petition signatures – more than three times the required amount — qualifying me as a Republican candidate for Congressional District One in August and November.

Friends new and old gathered these signatures from every county in this district, which is the size of Pennsylvania.

I am proud of the support that our campaign has demonstrated since we got into the race, and thankful to the many concerned citizens who talked to their friends and neighbors to get us on the ballot. I couldn’t be more grateful to all of you.

People are concerned about the direction that our country is going. They are concerned about the national debt, unemployment, and too much government getting in the way.

This campaign is about getting our country back on the right track together.

But I need your help. I can’t do it without you.

To take our country back, the time to act is now. If you haven’t been able to get involved yet, let us know how you can help by going to the website and filling out the volunteer sheet.

Please feel free to email me at any time to discuss the campaign. Again, I can’t thank all of you enough!

Your friend,

Marana Mayor Ed Honea: Jonathan Paton – “A leader who gets it”

As Mayor of Marana, I see the impact this economy is having on Arizonans every day. We’re working hard on the local level to create jobs and turn the economy around, but Washington puts up roadblocks at every turn.

That’s why I’m supporting Jonathan Paton as our next U.S. Congressman.

Jonathan is a leader who gets it and will fight for us in Washington – not become part of the problem.

Recent redistricting has carved a significant portion of Southern Arizona into a new sprawling district – Arizona’s First Congressional District – that scoops up Marana and northern Pima County, and spans all the way north to the border with Utah.

Those of us in this region of Arizona need an advocate like Jonathan. Please join me in standing with him today.

Many thanks,

Ed Honea
Mayor, Town of Marana

Senate President Steve Pierce Endorses Jonathan Paton in CD-1

As Senate President, I’ve worked hard to fight for the needs of rural and Northern Arizona in our Legislature, especially as the federal government continues to pass down policies that hurt our businesses and trample on our 10th Amendment rights.

But there’s only so much we can do here as long as Washington remains out-of-touch.

That’s why today I’m endorsing Jonathan Paton in Arizona’s new Congressional District 1. I hope you will join me in working hard to make sure he’s our next Congressman.

Jonathan is a good friend and a solid conservative, who will be a check-and-balance on Washington’s ways.

A lot of politicians get elected and forget where they come from. Jonathan won’t.

Please join me in not just supporting Jonathan, but working together to get him elected.

Many thanks,

Steve Pierce
President, Arizona State Senate
(R – Yavapai, Coconino)


Jonathan Paton: That Didn’t Take Long

That didn’t take long.

On Monday, our campaign was honored to win the endorsement of State Sen. Sylvia Allen, a rock-solid conservative who represents much of the new First Congressional District.

Well, today the Phoenix-based Democrat Party wasted no time attacking Sen. Allen, and lambasting Jonathan for accepting the support of one of the state’s most conservative legislators – proving that Jonathan is the only candidate Democrats are afraid of in this race.

“By aligning with Sylvia Allen, Jonathan Paton is already on the wrong side of women’s health, job creation and protecting seniors,” Democrat Executive Director Luis Heredia said in a news release.

Actually, Ann Kirkpatrick is on the wrong side of those issues, and it’s why she is supported by a Who’s Who of liberal out-of-state groups. Democrats are attacking Jonathan Paton and Sylvia Allen in an effort to hide Kirkpatrick’s support for ObamaCare and the failed stimulus that wasted $1 trillion.

Sen. Allen and Jonathan are standing together in this campaign’s effort to prevent Ann Kirkpatrick from going back to Washington and doing more damage to our country and our Constitution.

Will you stand with Jonathan Paton and Sylvia Allen right now?

Help us send a message to Washington Democrats in November that they’re the ones who are out-of-touch with Arizona – not us!

Jonathan Paton to Ann Kirkpatrick: Stop Accepting Support from Arizona’s Boycotters

CONTACT: Robert Mayer

Marana, AZ: Republican Jonathan Paton is calling on ex-Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick to refuse the support of Service Employees International Union (SEIU), a major force behind the national efforts to boycott Arizona. SEIU announced its support of Kirkpatrick today.

Ann Kirkpatrick accepted $10,000 in campaign contributions from SEIU in 2010, and SEIU’s renewed endorsement today means she will take their money again. Meanwhile, SEIU leaders continue to work with Occupy groups around the country to press for higher taxes, harsher government regulations, and trillions of dollars in spending.

“Ann Kirkpatrick is more interested in cashing-in from extremist groups that have hurt our state’s economy than she is representing the people of Arizona,” said Jonathan Paton, candidate for Congress in District 1. “We don’t need another rubber stamp in Congress – we need a representative who stands up to groups like this.”

Ann Kirkpatrick, a lawyer, was elected to Congress in 2008. She was soundly rejected by the voters in 2010 after voting for the worst aspects of President Obama and Nancy Pelosi’s agenda, including the failed stimulus and the Obamacare health care takeover.

Jonathan Paton is a former state legislator and an Iraq war veteran. Jonathan is a constitutional conservative who believes in low taxes, less spending, smaller government, and a secure border. He was born and raised in Arizona, and has lived here his whole life.


Jonathan Paton announces bid for Congress in AZ-1


Cites Obama’s job-crushing policies, high unemployment
“We need a representative with guts,” Paton says

ARIZONA – Former State Senator and Iraq War veteran Jonathan Paton proudly announced his candidacy today for Arizona’s First Congressional District, saying Arizonans deserve a representative who will work to create jobs, protect the Constitution and fight for Arizona.

“We need a representative with the guts to stand up for Arizona,” Paton said. “If we thought the last election was important, 2012 will be an even more defining turning point for our country. With unemployment still above 8 percent, so many of our fellow Arizonans struggling in this economy, a Congress and President that continue to rack up spending, and a government healthcare takeover still looming, it’s time for real leadership.”

Paton called Washington broken, and said Arizona needs a representative who will remember who he represents.

“Our country has big problems,” Paton said. “I plan to work hard every day of this campaign to prove to my fellow Arizonans that I’ll never forget who I represent. America’s best days are ahead of us, not behind us.”

ABOUT JONATHAN PATON: Jonathan Paton is a lifelong and native Arizonan who learned the value of hard work from his parents. After working his way through college as a roofer and dishwasher, Paton graduated from the University of Arizona summa cum laude and with honors. Paton has had successful careers in commercial real estate and as a public relations consultant. In 1999, Paton enlisted in the United States Army Reserve. In 2000, he was named “Soldier of the Year” for his battalion, brigade, and eventually for the entire 104th Division. A state representative and senator from 2005 through 2010, Paton made international news after he voluntarily enlisted for service in Iraq in 2006. FOX News called Paton “a politician who practices what he preaches.” Paton is a constitutional conservative who believes in lower taxes, less spending, small government and a secure border. As a lawmaker, he helped pass SB1070 and voted for what, at the time, amounted to the largest cut to government spending in Arizona history.

ABOUT ARIZONA’S FIRST DISTRICT: The new First District of Arizona stretches from the Utah border all the way down to northern Pima County, and covers communities including Marana, Casa Grande, Flagstaff, the White Mountains, Sedona, the Navajo Nation, SaddleBrooke and Oro Valley. President Bush and Senator McCain both carried the district in their respective presidential races. 


PR: Jonathan Paton Announces Run for U.S. Congress


Stresses the need for a new direction in the face of troubled times

TUCSON, AZ (Jan. 17, 2010) — Jonathan Paton announced today that he is running for Congress in Arizona’s 8th District.

“Over the past year, I’ve watched the country I’ve risked my life for veer down a troubled path. Out of control spending. Jobs evaporating. An economy whisking down the drain. Threats of lost benefits for our seniors and higher taxes for the rest of us. Enough is enough.

“Today, I’m proud and excited to announce that I’m running for Congress to represent the community I love and to fight for the values that we share — values, I‘m afraid, that have been cast aside and ignored by the incumbent and her friends back in Washington.

“In recent weeks, I’ve been humbled by the outpouring of support I’ve received from all corners of this district. As you know, District 8 is a vast region that ties together Arizonans from all walks of life: Ranchers in Cochise County. Artists in Bisbee. College professors in the heart of Tucson. Retirees. Small business owners. Young families just starting out and hoping to live the American dream. And with two military bases, so many courageous men and women serving in our Armed Forces. But no matter the differences, right now — at this pivotal, historic time in our nation’s history — I’m finding that we are uniting in many ways. One party dominance in Washington, backroom deals, bailouts, political junkets and giveaways have left us questioning whether the opportunities that we’ve all enjoyed will be available to the next generation of Americans. The fact is, we can no longer afford the path we‘re headed on — literally. That’s why I’m running.

“There is a better path, and one I’ll be outlining in the course of this campaign. We can grow jobs and the economy rather than crushing businesses and families with new taxes. We can provide Americans more health choices rather than less. We should listen to the folks who are struggling, not ignore them — not run away from them. We can scale back the size of the federal government, rather than letting those in office scale back our freedoms.

“For this campaign, the road ahead will not be an easy one. Gabrielle Giffords is a political animal. She’s a D.C. money machine, and both Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama will do everything in their power to ensure she remains in Congress to support their misguided policies. But we can do better — and despite the challenging path before us, I‘m in this race to win it. And make no mistake, we are going to win.

“So, over the course of the next 10 months I will be traveling across Southern Arizona, a place I’ve called home my entire life, to continue to listen to the concerns of its residents about the issues on their minds. There is no question we are facing a difficult road ahead of us, as a nation, as a state, and certainly in this campaign, but I’ll make you this promise: You will always know where I stand.

“These are challenging times, indeed. We cannot afford a representative that says one thing and does another. This isn’t the time for a representative who puts her finger in the air to feel which way the wind is blowing. The residents of Southern Arizona are ready for a leader who truly fights for all of us. And I’m ready for the challenge. Please join me.”

About Jonathan: Jonathan Paton grew up right here in Tucson, where he learned the values of honor, duty and country from his parents and teachers. A graduate of Sabino High School and the University of Arizona, Jonathan was named Soldier of the Year after enlisting in the U.S. Army Reserves. Then after two years serving Southern Arizona in the state Legislature, Jonathan answered his nation’s call — voluntarily serving in Iraq during the darkest days of the war. Now, as our state senator, Jonathan is still defending our freedom. He helped pass the largest tax cut — and the largest cut to government spending — in Arizona history. He led the investigations into Child Protective Services’ negligence after the tragic deaths of three Tucson children. And as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, he authored the nation’s first law to crack down on human smuggling, which has resulted in the arrests of more than 1,000 human smugglers.