Maine Congressional Candidate Wins Endorsement of National Pro-Life Group

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 13, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Maine Congressional Candidate Wins Endorsement of National Pro-Life Group

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
May 13
, 2008

Portland, ME ( — A Maine congressional candidate has won the endorsement of one of the nation’s largest pro-life groups. The National Right to Life Political Action Committee has issued an endorsement of Dean Scontras, a Republican who is seeking the GOP nomination in Maine’s 1st Congressional district.

National Right to Life has more than 25,000 members in the district and Scontras’ campaign says the endorsement will make it more likely he’ll represent Republicans in the November election.

"This endorsement reflects your commitment to renewing a culture of life, not only in Maine, but throughout the nation," NRLC executive director David O’Steen told

"We look forward to working with you in Congress to restore legal protection for innocent life," O’Steen told Scontras in a statement that accompanied the endorsement. "Your willingness to take up the fight for life along the campaign trail and in the U.S. Congress makes us proud to endorse you."

Scontras, a businessman who is taking on 2004 nominee and former Congressional aide Charlie Summers in the primary, said he appreciated the pro-life group’s support.

"I have said throughout this campaign that I am proudly pro-life, and I will not change my beliefs for political expediency," he explained.

‘As President Reagan pointed out, it is impossible to diminish the importance of the unborn life without diminishing respect for all human life. I will boldly defend this, the most basic of our values, when I get to Washington," Scontras added.

Scontras campaign manager Michael Pajak told, the endorsement is big news because National Right to Life doesn’t always get involved in primary elections.

"The fact that they have endorsed Scontras reflects the glaring difference between the two Republican candidates on this fundamental issue," he said. "Republican voters clearly have a choice in this race. Only one candidate, Dean Scontras, has pledged to defend the unborn. It is important that pro-life voters know that."

The winner of the GOP primary will face one of several Democrats who are seeking to take the place of pro-abortion Rep. Tom Allen, who is running for the U.S. Senate against pro-abortion Sen. Susan Collins.