Wisconsin: Pro-Life Candidates Johnson, Walker Get Nods for Senate, Governor
by Steven Ertelt
September 15, 2010
Madison, WI (LifeNews.com) — Two Wisconsin pro-life candidates won their respective primary election races on Tuesday and now head to general election contests that will pit them against abortion advocates. Scott Walker won the GOP nomination for governor and Ron Johnson became the Republican Senate candidate.
Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker defeated pro-life former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann and now he will face pro-abortion Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in the November 2 election.
Walker was the early favorite among Republicans and, after winning the nomination, he said he is ready to take on Barrett.
"Because of this primary we are tested and we are ready to take on the liberals in Madison," Walker said, appealing to Neumann supporters to back him. "We have a lot in common. We each want to stop the Doyle disaster and we each want to put the government back in the hands of the people."
Naumann’s campaign issued a statement saying he was endorsing Walker.
Walker served nearly nine years in the Legislature before he was elected Milwaukee County executive.
Meanwhile, Ron Johnson won an easy victory in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate to be able to take on pro-abortion Sen. Russ Feingold in what will be a close contest.
Johnson defeated Dave Westlake, a Watertown businessman, and Stephen Finn, a Milwaukee plumber.
"This is a fight for our economic future and our fundamental freedom, and it is a fight we must absolutely win," Johnson told a cheering crowd after his nomination became official.
Both Johnson and Walker have strong support from the pro-life community in the Badger State.
In July, Wisconsin Right to Life issued an endorsement for Walker saying his pro-life views regarding the protection of innocent human life stand in stark contrast to the pro-abortion position of Tom Barrett.
The group said Walker has a "deep and abiding respect for the value of human life" and his election "would greatly contribute to building a culture of life where the most vulnerable members of the human family are welcomed and protected."
Wisconsin Right to Life legislative director Susan Armacost chimed in and added, "If people care about protecting human life, they shouldn’t vote for Tom Barrett."
"Barrett is a pro-abortion James Doyle re-run magnified on right-to-life issues. Barrett voted pro-abortion throughout his entire legislative career including keeping minor girls abortions a secret from parents and keeping partial-birth abortions legal. Radical pro-abortion organizations like Planned Parenthood can always rely on Barrett to support its deadly agenda and has given him their enthusiastic endorsement," Armacost continued.
Wisconsin Right to Life has also endorsed Johnson and WRTL PAC chair Bonnie Pfaff said it was based on his strong belief in the sanctity of human life, his exceptional leadership background and his outstanding credibility.
"Ron Johnson is an individual who believes that protecting the most vulnerable members of the human family is the right thing to do," said Pfaff. "He will work in Congress to help create a culture of life, where every human being is welcomed and protected."
"We believe Ron Johnson is an individual who has the values, background and experience to serve all the citizens of Wisconsin in an exceptional manner. The Wisconsin Right to Life Political Action Committee is very proud to make this endorsement," said Pfaff.
Related web sites:
Wisconsin Right to Life – https://www.wrtl.org
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