Rep Matt Salmon: Mr. President, this shutdown isn’t a game!

Congressman: Why won’t Obama compromise?

By Matt Salmon – October 7, 2013
My Turn – The Arizona Republic

Our democracy has not always operated smoothly. Our Founding Fathers had fierce debates in Independence Hall before negotiating what would become the Constitution.

Through negotiation, our Founding Fathers created a system of checks and balances with three independent arms of government. The House of Representatives, with its frequent elections and large body of delegates, was designed to be the most responsive to the will of the people.

As a congressman, I take my duty to represent the will of my constituents seriously, and I join many of them in being deeply disappointed in President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s “no negotiation” policy.

House Republicans, most of whom were elected on a promise to repeal and replace “Obamacare,” continue to believe that Obamacare is harmful to our economy and needs to repealed, or at least delayed. We also strongly believe it is patently unfair for the administration to grant corporations and Congress exemptions from Obamacare while individuals remain forced to comply.

House Republicans passed three different bills before Oct. 1 to keep the government open and to mitigate the harmful effects of Obamacare.

Each of these compromised a little more to appease Reid.

His compromise: non-existent.

Since the partial shutdown, the House has passed eight bipartisan bills to reopen agencies and fund critical programs such as veterans’ benefits and children’s cancer treatments. Fifty-seven House Democrats (including two from Arizona) compromised with Republicans and voted for some or all of these funding measures. Meanwhile, Reid rejects them and Obama issues veto threats.

Now, the president is saying he won’t compromise on increasing our debt limit. Our nation is $17 trillion in debt, and he won’t discuss with Republicans how to fix our government’s spending addiction?

As a senator, Obama stated in 2006: “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure…I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit.”

Fast-forward seven years and it’s clear that Sen. Obama of 2006 would strongly oppose the “leadership failure” of President Obama in 2013. After all, it’s under his administration that our national debt has increased $6.1 trillion.

Perhaps the most disturbing glimpse into Obama’s strategy to end the shutdown came from a senior official who remarked in the Wall Street Journal: “We are winning…It doesn’t really matter to us how long the shutdown lasts.”

Message to President Obama: This isn’t a game. There are no “winners” from a government shutdown and refusing to compromise. Likewise, there are no “losers” when our leaders negotiate. Our Founding Fathers proved this when they negotiated the Constitution.

Leadership is hard. It requires a willingness to work with those with whom you may disagree. Mr. President, it’s time to lead. Duly elected House Republicans are waiting for you at the table, and the American people are counting on you to rise above political isolationism.

President John F. Kennedy once said, “Let us never fear to negotiate.” He’s right. As we have seen before, it could lead to great things for America.

U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon represents Arizona’s 5th District, which includes much of the southeast Valley.

Rep Matt Salmon Votes to Fund the Government & Protect American People From Obamacare

Washington—Today, Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) released the following statement regarding his vote on H.J. Res. 59, the Continuing Resolution for FY2014:

“For the third time, House Republicans passed a bipartisan bill to fund the government and protect Americans from the ever-mounting and damaging effects of Obamacare. Once again, our bill keeps the government open, protects Americans from being forced into Obamacare and puts Members of Congress and the President into the healthcare exchanges they created.

“It seems that each day we hear about another delay or new exemption by the Obama Administration. This is not only unfair to the American taxpayer, but demonstrates this harmful law remains not ready for primetime.

“Senate Democrats continue to offer no solutions to this problem and choose to be the Party of NO. Make no mistake, Senate Democrats are threating to shut down the government by failing to compromise with House Republicans. The moment of truth is upon them, and I call on Harry Reid to be responsible and immediately act to prevent a government shutdown.”

Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. He is also a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
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Congressman Matt Salmon Responds to President’s Speech on Syria

Washington—Today, Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, released the following statement in response to President Obama’s address to the nation on Syria:

“Tonight, the President had one more prime opportunity to convince Americans why they should support his plan on Syria. Instead, Americans are left with more confusion and more questions that remain unanswered on what he hopes to accomplish. At a time when the leader of the free world should be leading the charge to build coalitions of other nations, this Administration has sadly exported the duties of diplomacy to Russian President Vladmir Putin. After tonight’s speech, I remain opposed to military intervention in Syria, and I remain disheartened by the lack of leadership coming from this White House.”

Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. He is also a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
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Congressman Matt Salmon: Medicaid Needs Reform, Not Expansion

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First bill repeals Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, gives states more flexibility 

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Matt Salmon (AZ-05) introduced his first piece of legislation in the 113th Congress. Salmon released the following statement regarding H.R. 1404, The Medicaid Expansion Repeal and State Flexibility Act:

“Today, I’m honoring my pledge to fight with everything I have to eliminate Obamacare before it causes more damage to our economy. 

“My first step in this fight addresses Medicaid expansion at the federal level. 

“One of the big-ticket items included in Obamacare was a provision that essentially bribed states to expand their Medicaid eligibility requirements to 138% of the poverty level, and to have the Federal government pay for 100% of the expansion.  As with most other aspects of Obamacare, unwanted strings are attached. 

Obamacare only covers the full cost of this expansion for the initial years, but leaves the onerous federal mandates to stay.”  

“Medicaid needs reform, not expansion.” 

“Instead of more federal mandates, I support giving States the maximum flexibility to provide services to their most vulnerable populations.  My bill strikes the Medicaid expansion from Obamacare, and provides this flexibility without the strings attached. 

“I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House to repeal this and more of Obamacare’s harmful federal policies.”

Additional Information:

  • Since the creation of Medicaid in 1965, the focus of this program has been on providing health care to vulnerable low-income individuals.
  • Under current law, the Medicaid expansion is expected to cost Federal and State governments over $500 billion dollars from 2014-2019.
  • Currently, Medicaid provides health care to over 60 million Americans and consumes a growing portion of State and Federal budgets.
  • By adopting the Medicaid expansion to cover up to 138% of the federal poverty level provided in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), states will be expanding Medicaid to a different population of able-bodied adults, the vast majority of whom are single and without dependents.
  • Adding more people to the already distressed system only further exacerbates Medicaid’s underlying problems.

Click here to read the text of H.R. 1404

Click here to view a video message from Rep. Salmon on H.R. 1404.

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Former Speaker & Republican Candidate Kirk Adams Endorses Salmon for CD-5 Election

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Calls for others to unite behind Salmon’s bid to return to Congress

EAST VALLEY – Matt Salmon, former Congressman and Republican nominee for Arizona’s 5th congressional district, today proudly announced the endorsement of former Arizona Speaker of the House and CD-5 Republican primary candidate Kirk Adams. In a strong show of unity, Speaker Adams released the following statement:

“It was a close and vigorous primary campaign and the voters made their choice. That choice is Matt Salmon. He is now the only candidate in the race with the capacity to defend free enterprise from the attacks being waged by the Obama Administration. When it comes time to choose between free enterprise or big government, he will choose free enterprise. As I head to the polls this November, Matt Salmon will have my support, and I urge others to support him too.”

“I am grateful to receive the support from Speaker Kirk Adams,” stated former Congressman Salmon. “He is one of Arizona’s brightest leaders and has demonstrated his firm commitment to defending liberty and free enterprise at the state level. Throughout the primary election, we both campaigned on the message of fiscal responsibility and limited government. I look forward to working with leaders like Speaker Adams to return these principles to our government and get us back on the road to growth and prosperity.”

About Speaker Kirk Adams
Kirk Adams is a husband, father, and small business owner. He is a partner at the Adams Agency, which has been ranked the #1 insurance agency by Ranking Arizona. Adams is a lifelong resident of the East Valley. After joining the state House in 2006, he became so frustrated by the unwillingness and inability of Republicans in the Legislature to stand up for their conservative principles that he launched a long-shot campaign to oust the veteran Speaker of the House. Adams shocked the Republican establishment and political class, winning the Speakership at only 35 years of age. Adams turned the tide in the House and put Arizona back on the path to fiscal responsibility with an aggressive agenda of reform, courageously taking on some of the most challenging issues in Arizona.

About Matt Salmon
Matt Salmon was first elected to the United States Congress in 1994 and served until 2000, honoring his term limit pledge. Salmon was rated in the top five among all 535 members of the House and Senate by Citizen’s Against Government Waste for all six years he was in office. He is a lifetime member of the NRA with an A+ rating and also earned a 100% rating by the National Right to Life. He was also the proud recipient of the American Cancer Society’s “Top National Elected Official” award.

Mesa Chamber of Commerce Endorses Salmon

Becomes 3rd East Valley Business Group to back former Congressman

EAST VALLEY – Matt Salmon, former Congressman and candidate for Arizona’s 5th congressional district, today received the endorsement from the Mesa Chamber of Commerce, one of the premier business advocacy groups in Arizona. The Chamber’s Business Advocacy Council recommended Salmon over his opponent based on a detailed questionnaire, candidate interview, and the support of at least two-thirds of the council members. The Mesa Chamber of Commerce joins other East Valley business organizations such as the Chandler Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Alliance in endorsing Salmon’s candidacy for Congress.

Otto Shill, Chairman of the Mesa Chamber Board of Directors and shareholder at the Jackson White law firm located in Mesa, stated, “We are excited to support a proven leader like Matt Salmon for Congress. Matt’s public service record has consistently demonstrated that he understands what businesses need to succeed and thrive, and we feel confident he will fight for those needs in Congress once again. We are looking forward to working with Matt to continue improving the business climate in Mesa and throughout the East Valley.”

“I am honored to receive the support of the Mesa Chamber of Commerce,” stated former Congressman Salmon. “As Arizona’s third largest city, Mesa serves as a major hub for economic activity and many of our state’s largest employers reside in Mesa. I am humbled that so many business organizations have backed my campaign to return to Congress, and I look forward to working with all of them to advance pro-business policies that will bring growth and prosperity to every East Valley business.”

About the Mesa Chamber of Commerce
For one hundred years, the Mesa Chamber has been the leading voice and strong advocate of the over 15,000 businesses in the city of Mesa, Arizona. Its mission is to maintain and strengthen a prosperous business climate in Mesa and to enhance the quality of life in the community. A member-supported civic organization, the Mesa Chamber is an influential leader in the development of Mesa — currently the 38th largest city in the United States.

About Matt Salmon
Matt Salmon was first elected to the United States Congress in 1994 and served until 2000, honoring his term limit pledge. A proud conservative, Salmon was rated in the top five among all 535 members of the House and Senate by Citizen’s Against Government Waste for all six years he was in office. He is a lifetime member of the NRA with an A+ rating and also earned a 100% rating by the National Right to Life. He was also the proud recipient of the American Cancer Society’s “Top National Elected Official” award.

Matt Salmon has received endorsements from Governor Jan Brewer, Arizona Congressmen Trent Franks and David Schweikert, former Arizona Congressman John Shadegg, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Mayors Scott Smith (Mesa), Jay Tibshraeny (Chandler), Hugh Hallman (Tempe), John Insalaco (Apache Junction) and Gail Barney (Queen Creek), fourteen (14) Arizona state senators and fifteen (15) Arizona state representatives. Salmon has also been endorsed by South Dakota Senator John Thune, Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn, Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey, Utah Senator Mike Lee, Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49), and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

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National Horizon Political Action Committee Launches Ads Against Ben Quayle, Kirk Adams

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Kirk Adams: Matt Salmon calls support for the Chicago Cubs a tax increase?

In a flailing attempt to discredit Kirk Adams’ sterling conservative record, Matt Salmon recently sent out a mail piece charging that a fee on baseball tickets was a tax increase.

Here’s the truth:

Tourism plays an important role in our economy, and Cactus League spring training baseball attracts thousands of visitors to Mesa every year. In 2010, Mesa Mayor Scott Smith asked the Arizona legislature to support the development of a new spring training stadium for the Chicago Cubs.

To ensure that Arizona taxpayers would NOT be forced to fund the stadium, the Mayor asked the legislature to create a fee on tickets so that baseball fans who chose to attend the games would pay for the costs.

The bill that Matt Salmon cited in his baseless attack, HB2736, protected Arizona taxpayers by ensuring that only stadium users paid for the Cactus League Development Fund which financed the project.

About the Salmon campaign’s obvious confusion on the issue, Kirk Adams said,

“Mayor Smith has a solid record and a bright future. I’m surprised that Matt Salmon would attempt to tarnish Mayor Smith’s record by accusing him of leading an effort to raise taxes.

But I’ll cut Matt some slack when it comes to his unfamiliarity with recent local issues in Mesa—after all, he’s been a Washington-based lobbyist for over a decade and Matt was home in D.C. during the time that Mayor Smith and I were working together on this important effort.”

The Facts:

    • HB2736 created the Cactus League Development Fund for the purpose of financing the development and renovation of baseball spring training facilities. Watch Mayor Smith’s eloquent explanation of the bill here at 1:31 http://azleg.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=13&clip_id=6780
    • To finance the Cactus League Development Fund, HB2736 enabled the collection of a surcharge on the price of admission to spring training baseball events.
    • HB2736 did not increase taxes.
    • The Arizona constitution requires a 2/3 vote by the legislature to increase taxes. Any legislation that increases taxes or state revenues must meet this threshold. HB2736 did not trigger this requirement because it was not a tax increase.

 

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Did Matt Salmon lobby for pork?

We know Matt Salmon lobbied for Obamacare, but did Matt Salmon also lobby for pork? 

Matt Salmon continues to leave many unanswered questions about his role in lobbying for “access to and coverage of specialty pharmaceuticals” in Obamacare. Mr. Salmon lobbied on behalf of two multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical companies that are members of PhRMA, a group that spent $150 million to help pass Obamacare. These two companies were loyal clients of Mr. Salmon’s, following him from Policy Impact Communications to Upstream Consulting the lobbying firm that Mr. Salmon founded.

Now we learn that during this same time, Matt Salmon entered into a $300,000 lobbying contract to bring pork barrel stimulus money to the city of El Mirage. At a town hall meeting the Mayor of El Mirage explained to residents why the city hired lobbyist Matt Salmon, “$300,000 is also a drop in the bucket compared to the stimulus funds that other cities…receive. The reason they receive that money is because every other city has a lobbyist firm…has representatives that work for them at the state and at the federal level getting money to bring back to their city…we all hear of them as pet projects, those sorts of things.”

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Kirk Adams Releases New Campaign Ad

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Matt Salmon’s lobbying firm was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to lobby for Obamacare. As an opportunist, Matt Salmon wanted to get his piece of the federal healthcare pie.

Salmon Responds to ObamaCare Ruling by Supreme Court

EAST VALLEY – Matt Salmon, former Congressman and candidate for Arizona’s 5th congressional district, today released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision on ObamaCare:

“The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold ObamaCare under taxing provisions is a major blow to hard-working Americans who do not want their taxes raised or the government controlling their health care plans. The longer that ObamaCare remains in place the more our deficit continues to grow and the more jobs that are lost. It is now more imperative that ever to elect proven conservatives to Congress who have the experience and courage to make the tough decisions, so we can fully repeal this flawed bill before it furthers harms our economy. Americans deserve a better and less costly solution than a flawed 2,700 page bill that was rushed through a Democrat-controlled Congress. Repealing ObamaCare will now be my top priority when I return to Congress.”

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Salmon Announces Military Veterans Coalition

EAST VALLEY – Former Congressman and candidate for Arizona’s 5th congressional district Matt Salmon today proudly announced the support from dozens of East Valley Military Veterans representing various branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. Serving as Co-Chairmen of the Veterans for Salmon Coalition is Gilbert Councilmember John Sentz, a retired U.S. Naval Reserve Officer and member of the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame, Bryan Martyn, a retired U.S. Air Force Helicopter Pilot whose distinguished combat career includes multiple tours in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia and Africa, and Anthony “Tony” Siebers, a retired Captain in the U.S. Army who had commanding roles during significant national events like Operation Iraqi Freedom and Hurricane Katrina.

Citing Salmon’s consistent record of supporting military veterans, Co-Chairman John Sentz stated, “I am proud to stand with other veterans in supporting Matt Salmon’s return to Congress. Since first being elected to public office, Matt has been a strong ally for veterans of our armed forces and has demonstrated that he will fight to ensure they receive the support they earned for their service. There is no one I trust more than Matt to always do the right thing for members of the U.S. military and all the veterans who have served their nation proudly.”

Former Congressman Salmon stated, “I am truly honored to receive the strong support from so many military veterans from around the East Valley. The men and women who have worn a military uniform deserve the very best treatment from our nation’s leaders; I vow to fight for their needs and the needs of those currently serving when I return to Congress.”

About Matt Salmon

Matt Salmon was first elected to the United States Congress in 1994 and served until 2000, honoring his term limit pledge. A proud conservative, Salmon was rated in the top five among all 535 members of the House and Senate by Citizen’s Against Government Waste for all six years he was in office. He is a lifetime member of the NRA with an A+ rating and also earned a 100% rating by the National Right to Life. He was also the proud recipient of the American Cancer Society’s “Top National Elected Official” award.

Matt Salmon has received endorsements from Arizona Congressmen Trent Franks and David Schweikert, former Arizona Congressman John Shadegg, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Mayors Scott Smith (Mesa), Jay Tibshraeny (Chandler), Hugh Hallman (Tempe), John Insalaco (Apache Junction) and Gail Barney (Queen Creek), fourteen (14) Arizona state senators and fifteen (15) Arizona state representatives. Salmon has also been endorsed by South Dakota Senator John Thune, Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn, Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey, Utah Senator Mike Lee, Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49), and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

Law Enforcement Backs Matt Salmon for Congress

Receives endorsements from state and municipal police associations

 EAST VALLEY – Former Congressman and candidate for Arizona’s 5th congressional district Matt Salmon today announced the endorsements from the following statewide and local law enforcement associations:

Arizona Police Association
Arizona Highway Patrol Association
Mesa Police Association
Phoenix Law Enforcement Association
Phoenix Police Sergeants & Lieutenants Association 

Jimmy Chavez, president of the Arizona Police Association and the Arizona Highway Patrol Association, released the following statement: “Integrity is everything to law enforcement professionals. Matt Salmon has shown time and time again that his integrity is above reproach.”

Sergeant Ryan Russell, president of the Mesa Police Association, released the following statement: “Matt Salmon is the person we need to send to Washington in order for police agencies to sufficiently protect and serve Arizona citizens.”

Joe Clure, president of the Phoenix Law Enforcement, released the following statement: “Matt Salmon has been a longtime friend and supporter of those who serve and protect. He has held as a priority the idea that the role law enforcement professionals play in keeping our communities and cities safe is vital to Arizona and this nation.”

David Adams, president of the Phoenix Police Sergeants and Lieutenants Association, released the following statement: “Police professionals respect Matt for many reasons. Chief among them are his honesty and willingness to really listen.”

“The men and women who serve in law enforcement put their lives on the line every time they go to work, so their endorsements for my campaign touch me a very deep way,” stated former Congressman Matt Salmon. “I am honored that these fine associations have put their trust in me and my ability to fight for them in Washington so they can protect us back home.”

About Matt Salmon

Matt Salmon was first elected to the United States Congress in 1994 and served until 2000, honoring his term limit pledge. A proud conservative, Salmon was rated in the top five among all 535 members of the House and Senate by Citizen’s Against Government Waste for all six years he was in office. He is a lifetime member of the NRA with an A+ rating and also earned a 100% rating by the National Right to Life. He was also the proud recipient of the American Cancer Society’s “Top National Elected Official” award.

Matt Salmon has received endorsements from Arizona Congressmen Trent Franks and David Schweikert, former Arizona Congressman John Shadegg, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Mayors Scott Smith (Mesa), Jay Tibshraeny (Chandler), Hugh Hallman (Tempe), John Insalaco (Apache Junction) and Gail Barney (Queen Creek), fourteen (14) Arizona state senators and fifteen (15) Arizona state representatives. Salmon has also been endorsed by South Dakota Senator John Thune, Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn, Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey, Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49), and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

Arizona Lawmakers and Tea Party Members Stand in Solidarity in Support of SB-1070

The following press conference took place Wednesday, April 25th in Phoenix with members of several Tea Parties, Arizona lawmakers and candidates. (Thanks to Right Wing Housewife for her video!)

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Matt Salmon Posts Best Fundraising Quarter of Campaign in CD-5

Raises $238,216 to begin 2012, $721,155 total since announcing campaign for Congress

EAST VALLEY – Former Congressman and candidate for Arizona’s 5th congressional district Matt Salmon today announced his campaign raised $238,216 during the 1st quarter of 2012, posting the strongest fundraising period to date for his campaign. Salmon begins the 2nd quarter with $468,641 cash on hand, and has amassed a total of $721,155 from over 1,650 individual donors since the start of his campaign to return to Congress.

Former Congressman Matt Salmon stated, “Raising money during these tough economic times is challenging for any campaign, so I cannot be more pleased to begin the 2012 election year with my strongest fundraising quarter yet. I am honored that over 1,650 hardworking Americans have contributed to my campaign and believe in my conservative message and proven leadership. As we near August’s Republican primary election, I’ll continue to work harder than ever to earn the trust and vote from every voter in my district.”

About Matt Salmon

Matt Salmon was first elected to the United States Congress in 1994 and served until 2000, honoring his term limit pledge. A proud conservative, Salmon was rated in the top five among all 535 members of the House and Senate by Citizen’s Against Government Waste for all six years he was in office. He is a lifetime member of the NRA with an A+ rating and also earned a 100% rating by the National Right to Life. He was also the proud recipient of the American Cancer Society’s “Top National Elected Official” award.

Matt Salmon has received the endorsements from Arizona Congressmen Trent Franks and David Schweikert, former Arizona Congressman John Shadegg, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Mayors Scott Smith (Mesa), Jay Tibshraeny (Chandler), Hugh Hallman (Tempe), John Insalaco (Apache Junction) and Gail Barney (Queen Creek), fourteen (14) Arizona state senators and fifteen (15) Arizona state representatives. Salmon has also been endorsed by South Dakota Senator John Thune, Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn, Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey and Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49).

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Matt Salmon releases new ad, “Proven Leadership” in CD-5 race

Matt Salmon: “Proven Leadership”
Video highlights Salmon’s unparalleled conservative record, principled leadership in Congress

EAST VALLEY – In the race for Arizona’s 5th Congressional District, only one candidate has an unparalleled track record of supporting conservative values in Congress and putting principles over politics: Former Congressman Matt Salmon.

Former Congressman Salmon has a longstanding conservative record of cutting wasteful spending, balancing budgets and demanding fiscal responsibility. He has been honored by the Citizen’s Against Government Waste as a “Watchdog of the Treasury” and “Taxpayer Hero” for his proven record of fighting to reduce the size and cost of government. By honoring his term limit pledge, and taking on his own party’s leadership when they failed to uphold conservative ideals, his public service record has consistently demonstrated his integrity and principles.

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“Matt Salmon has the proven leadership we need in Congress,” said Gary Pierce, Chairman of the Arizona Corporation Commission. “He was instrumental in balancing the federal budget for the first time in a generation and did it without raising taxes or increasing debt. He has been honored time and again for his conservative track record and has an A+ rating from the NRA, and a 100% voting record from Right to Life. We can count on Matt to do what is right in Congress because he’s done it before.”

“Proven Leadership” Transcript:

[Voiceover]

Conservative Matt Salmon

In Congress, he was recognized as a leader in cutting wasteful spending and shrinking the size of government.

A leader in protecting taxpayers.

A leader in standing up for conservative values.

Matt Salmon made a term limit promise to his constituents – and he kept it.

The type of principled leader we need today.

Endorsed by America’s leading conservatives.

Matt Salmon doesn’t need to make campaign promises, because he’s already done it.

Smaller government, protecting taxpayers, getting our economy back on track.

That’s conservative Matt Salmon.

The proven leadership we need in Congress.

About Matt Salmon

Matt Salmon was first elected to the United States Congress in 1994 and served until 2000, honoring his term limit pledge. A proud conservative, Salmon was rated in the top five among all 535 members of the House and Senate by Citizen’s Against Government Waste for all six years he was in office. He is a lifetime member of the NRA with an A+ rating and also earned a 100% rating by the National Right to Life. He was also the proud recipient of the American Cancer Society’s “Top National Elected Official” award.

Matt Salmon has received the endorsements from Arizona Congressman Trent Franks and David Schweikert, former Arizona Congressman John Shadegg, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Mayors Scott Smith (Mesa), Jay Tibshraeny (Chandler), Hugh Hallman (Tempe), John Insalaco (Apache Junction) and Gail Barney (Queen Creek), fourteen (14) Arizona state senators and fifteen (15) Arizona state representatives. Salmon has also been endorsed by South Dakota Senator John Thune, Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn, Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey and Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49).

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Matt Salmon: Taking a Stand against Dishonest Campaign Tactics

Friends,

It has come to our attention that Matt Salmon’s opponent for Congress has resorted to dishonest and misleading tactics in an attempt to besmirch Salmon’s longstanding conservative credentials.

Former Congressman Matt Salmon has a proven track record of cutting wasteful spending, balancing budgets and demanding fiscal responsibility. He has been honored by the Citizen’s Against Government Waste as a “Watchdog of the Treasury” and “Taxpayer Hero” for his performance in fighting to reduce the size and cost of government.

Congressman Salmon’s pro-business record also earned him the Spirit of Enterprise Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce each of his six years in Congress and six consecutive honors as a “Friend of Small Business” from the National Federation of Independent Business. His record of advocating for pro-business policies and fighting to reduce regulations is why he was hired by COMPTEL Inc., a leading telecommunications trade association.

Former Congressman Salmon was hired by the association in 2008. Yesterday, his opponent made an accusation that was called “blatantly false” by the Arizona Capitol Times that attempted to tie Salmon to a contribution made to Hillary Clinton by COMPTEL PAC and its board of directors in 2007 – before Salmon even worked for the organization! Regardless of the fact that contribution decisions are made by the board of directors, Salmon’s opponent has become so desperate to remain relevant that he has chosen to distort the truth to save his failing effort – only backing down when his false accusations are exposed.

This past week the Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, Tom Morrissey, wrote to Adams and Salmon warning, “misrepresentations of records, and character attacks, which are not supported by the record, do a disservice to our entire party and the integrity of both you fine gentlemen.”

Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident when it comes to Salmon’s opponent using dishonest tactics to try to mislead the voters about his conservative record. Last week, Salmon’s opponent took to using a “push poll” to spread misinformation and deceitful allegations. This tactic was recently made illegal in the state of New Hampshire and is banned under the code of ethics of the American Association of Political Consultants.

We must speak out against these desperate attempts to deceive voters, and set the record straight. No one should be misled by the desperate attempts of a dishonest and failing campaign.

Salmon’s record is beyond reproach:

  • As a member of Congress, helped to balance the federal budget for the first time in over a generation
  • Rated in the top five among all 535 members of the House and Senate by the Citizen’s Against Government Waste – 6 consecutive years
  • Earned Watchdog of the Treasury from the Citizen’s Against Government Waste – 6 consecutive years
  • Received the Taxpayer Hero Award from the Citizen’s Against Government Waste
  • Spirit of Enterprise Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – 6 consecutive years
  • Honored as a Friend of Small Business by the National Federation of Independent Business – 6 consecutive years
  • Rated A+ by the NRA, Lifetime member of the NRA
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life
  • Endorsed by Club for Growth, America’s preeminent organization to promote prosperity and opportunity through economic freedom
  • Endorsed by conservative icons like Senators Tom Coburn (Oklahoma), Pat Toomey (Pennsylvania) and John Thune (South Dakota).

These are the reasons why we are supporting Matt Salmon over his opponent. We are confident the voters of Congressional District 5 will see through these deceiving and dishonest tactics and strongly encourage Congressman Salmon’s opponent to run a campaign based on the facts and the issues.

Sincerely,

Gary Pierce, Chairman of the Arizona Corporation Commission
Mark Killian, Former Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives
Chuck Gray, Former Arizona State Senator