Scoring Arizona’s Congressional Candidates

We’ve examined the views of candidates to Congress from Arizona who responded to the Center for Arizona Policy’s voter guide questionaire. Here’s how they stack up on 15 crucial issues. A perfect score is 15 for 15:

U.S. Senate

Wil Cardon 15 of 15
Clair Van Steenwyk 15 of 15
Jeff Flake 14 of 15
Bryan Hackbarth 13 of 15

House of Representatives

District 1

Jonathan Paton 15 of 15
Gaither Martin 14 of 15
Patrick Gatti 12 of 15

District 2

Martha McSally 14 of 15

District 3

Gabriella Saucedo Mercer 15 of 15
Jaime Vasquez 13 of 15
Blanca Guerra 8 of 15

District 4

Ron Gould 15 of 15
Paul Gosar 15 of 15
Joe Pamelia 11 of 15

District 5

Kirk Adams 15 of 15
Matt Salmon 15 of 15

District 6

David Schweikert 15 of 15
Ben Quayle 14 of 15
Matthew Jette 2 of 15

District 7

Joe Cobb 7 of 15

District 8

Trent Franks 15 of 15
Troy Passalacqua 13 of 15
Stephen Dolgos 8 of 15

District 9

Wendy Rogers 15 of 15
Vernon Parker 15 of 15
Leah Campos Schandlbauer 15 of 15
Travis Grantham 14 of 15
Martin Sepulveda 14 of 15
Jeff Thompson 13 of 15

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5 thoughts on “Scoring Arizona’s Congressional Candidates

  1. Hi , I was just curious as to WHY I didn’t get a 15, and yet Mr. Gosar and Mr. Gould did? I smell a RAT here, I think it is you. If the kettle is black, then so be it. What you are doing is using YOUR OWN RATING SYSTEM, WHICH IS MISLEADING AND CORRUPT.

    Let me guess…..you are REPUBLICANS, right????

    The fact is……BOTH of these people are Republicans.

    WHO are you kidding, yourselves??

  2. Gosar and Gould answered all 15 questions correctly.

    Joe Pamelia gave the incorrect answers to the following issues and his score should actually be 11 for 15, not 12 for 15:

    • Prohibiting abortion except to save the life of the mother. PAMELIA DISAGREED, EXPRESSING A POSITION WHICH DOES NOT PROTECT HUMAN LIFE.

    • Amending the U.S. Constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. ALLOWING MARRIAGE TO BE REDEFINED WILL HAVE HUGE AND NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES FOR SOCIETY, FOR CHILDREN, AND WILL DESTROY RELIGIOUS LIBERTY, LEADING TO PERSECUTION OF PEOPLE WHO MORALLY DISAPPROVE OF SAME-SEX “MARRIAGE.”

    • Permitting health care workers to opt out of performing procedures that violate their moral or religious beliefs. PAMELIA DISAGREED. HIS IS THE WRONG POSITION OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION — BECAUSE IT LEADS TO COERCION, TERMINATION, AND THREATS OF PUNISHMENT. NO ONE SHOULD BE FORCED TO PARTICIPATE IS SOMETHING AS IMMORAL AS ABORTION, AND HEALTH CARE GIVERS NEED PROTECTION FROM SUPERIORS WHO WOULD FORCE THEM TO DO WHAT THEY BELIEVE IS EVIL. ALREADY SEVERAL AMERICANS WORKING IN THE HEALTH CARE FIELD WHO HAVE WRITTEN AGREEMENTS WITH THEIR EMPLOYERS TO ABSTAIN FROM ABORTION HAVE BEEN THREATENED WITH FIRING IF THEY DO NOT ASSIST IN ABORTION. THIS IS UN-AMERICAN AND NEEDS TO STOP. HEALTH CARE WORKERS WHO HAVE ENTERED THIS PROFESSION TO PRESERVE LIFE, NOT TAKE IT, DESERVE RESPECT AND LEGAL PROTECTION.

    • Using embryonic stem cells for research purposes. THIS IS NOT A PROPER OR PRO-LIFE POSITION. EMBRYONIC STEM CELLS SHOULD NOT BE KILLED FOR RESEARCH PURPOSES. THAT MORAL ARGUMENT ASIDE, THESE CELLS ARE UNSTABLE, CAUSE TUMORS, AND AFTER MANY YEARS OF RESEARCH STILL HAVE NOT PROVIDED A CURE FOR A SINGLE ILLNESS, DISABILITY, OR DISEASE. ADULT STEM CELLS ARE USED SUCCESSFULLY AS TREATMENTS FOR MORE THAN 70 ILLNESSES/DISABILITIES. WE SHOULD NOT AS A SOCIETY REGARD HUMAN LIFE AS A COMMODITY TO BE DISCARDED OR DESTROYED. BILLIONS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS HAVE BEEN FOOLISHLY WASTED IN THIS WAY. IF EMBRYONIC STEM CELLS WERE SO USEFUL, PRIVATE ENTERPRISE WOULD HAVE DEVELOPED CURES YEARS AGO, BUT SINCE THEY CANNOT PROFIT FROM ANY APPLICATIONS OF IT, POLITICIANS HAVE DUPED THE PUBLIC INTO GIVING TAXPAYER MONEY TO A USELESS AND IMMORAL PURPOSES YET TO BEAR FRUIT.

    Furthermore, as evidenced by Pamelia’s message above, he lacks the proper civil temperament required of a public servant.

    • The fact is, I NEVER stated that I was against Abortion, I stated that it is NOT up to the Taxpayer to pay for it.

      You stated your questions to bait the Candidates, so it would bend your way to push your Republican Agenda.

      The fact is, you Republicans and Democrats have had 236 years to run this country, and THAT YOU DID…..RIGHT INTO THE GROUND.

      The American People are starving and facing an unprecedented apocolypse, that you REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS have created.

      Any childish responses to that?

  3. Pamelia made no such statement on the Center for Arizona Policy voter guide. Again, he took positions contrary to upholding the sanctity of human life. Therefore, we did not endorse him because we oppose the stances he took on his candidate questionaire. We did not issue the questionaire, nor did we control it. We only analyzed it to determine candidate positions on important issues. We stand by our endorsement of Ron Gould for this seat in Congress.

    Additionally, we examined Mr. Pamelia’s campaign website and found no mention at all in his issues section of him standing up for the sanctity of human life. Most political candidates who prioritize life make it clearly evident on the issues page of their campaign website.

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