Its mission statement is clear: Arizona Right to Life is committed to articulating and protecting the right to life of all human beings, born and unborn. This is accomplished by educating people on the value of every human life and by promoting and supporting pro-life legislation, public policy and elected officials.
The 2010 election cycle will be remembered as the year when the AZRTL PAC consistently violated its own mission by placing financial interests above the sanctity of life. People have questioned endorsements of this committee in recent years. This year all pretense of a full commitment to life issues has collapsed under the weight of their inconsistent endorsements.
The PAC Endorsement Committee’s sellout began on May 18 with the endorsement of John McCain, a supporter of embryonic stem cell research and other abhorrent legislation — over consistent conservative J.D. Hayworth, whom they acknowledged had a “perfect pro-life voting record” during his 12-year congressional tenure.
Pro-life supporters throughout Arizona were appalled by this action. Today pro-life activists were informed that the AZRTL PAC sunk to new lows in making legislative and statewide endorsements.
To set the stage, the group endorsed pro-amnesty Doug Ducey, a candidate for state treasurer with absolutely no record on pro-life issues, over Sen. Thayer Verschoor, a leading pro-life advocate for nearly two decades, with a voting record that even the committee stated was perfect.
Other problematic endorsements include: David Braswell, Rich Crandall, Adam Driggs, Russ Jones, John Nelson, Amanda Reeve, Ted Vogt and Vic Williams. Many of these people were recipients of the largess of the Twelve in ‘10 cabal or are McCain endorsers.
Pro-life Margaret Dugan running for State School Superintendent was not even given a mention by the PAC.
In congressional district races their criteria included “electability,” which foolishly resulted in endorsements of all CD 1 candidates, and 8 out of the ten running in CD 3. In CD 4 the endorsement that should have gone to Janet Contreras went instead to political unknown Jose Penalosa. Amnesty advocate and McCain acolyte Jeff Flake was endorsed in CD 6. In CD 8 the PAC overlooked Jesse Kelly saying it believes Jonathan Paton — the beneficiary of a fundraiser by open-border proponents — would be the stronger candidate to defeat the Democrat incumbent.
Amnesty has become the name of the game, with social conservatives taking a back seat on life and traditional marriage issues. Whereas conservative grassroots activism is gaining momentum, the group that has been looked to for leadership on the important issue of life has isolated itself from its own supporters. Big money liberals who endorse amnesty are now in the position of controlling the AZRTL PAC.
Perhaps the time has come to establish a pro-life organization that will remain faithful to its original goal.