Campaign 2010

Sep 28, 2012

Vernon Parker Ducks Debates But Delivers Republican Radio Address

Republican congressional candidate Vernon Parker (AZ-09) is slated to give the weekly Republican radio address tomorrow, sending a clear message to Arizona voters that he would side with his party leaders in Washington. Parker, who has refused to debate Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, supports extreme Republican positions like ending the Social Security guarantee and has even said he would abolish the Department of Education in Congress, which would cost Arizona schools $729 million a year.

“Vernon Parker won’t debate in front of Arizonans because he knows his positions are out of step with the Ninth Congressional district, but he’s more than happy to serve as John Boehner’s mouthpiece on the radio,” said Amber Moon of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Vernon Parker might be ducking debates, but with this radio address, he is sending a clear message to voters that he will stand with House Republicans and their extreme agenda that puts millionaires and mega-corporations over Arizona’s middle class.”




Parker Would Not Respond to Question of Why He was Dodging Debates. On September 27, 2012, Parker was asked why he was dodging debates with Sinema and wouldn’t answer the question. [John C. Lincoln Hospital Tour, 9/27/12]


Boehner Announced Parker Would Deliver Weekly Republican Address. In 2012, House Speaker John Boehner announced that Vernon Parker would deliver the Weekly Republican Address. [Blog, Team Boehner, accessed 9/27/12]


Parker  Supported Seniors Opting Out of Social Security. In 2012, at a candidate forum, when asked if he supported allowing individuals to opt out of Social Security, Parker signaled yes. [Candidate Forum, posted 7/13/12]


Parker Advocated for Getting Rid of the Dept. of Education. In 2012, Parker advocated for getting rid of the Department of Education and the Environmental Protection Agency. “Leah Campos Schandlbauer and Vernon Parker said they would reduce the federal government’s regulation by getting rid of unnecessary departments like the Department of Education.” [Ahwatukee Foothills News, 6/7/12]


Eliminating the U.S. Department of Education Would Cost Arizona $729 million in Federal Funding Per Year. The National Education Association reported that eliminating the U.S. Department of Education would cost Arizona schools $729 million in federal funding per year. [National Education Association, 8/21/12]