Arizona Right to Life Backs Jeff Flake for Senate Seat

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 9, 2012   |   4:18PM   |   Washington, DC

The statewide pro-life organization Arizona Right to Life today announced it has endorsed Jeff Flake, a pro-life Republican congressman who is seeking the seat of retiring Senator Jon Kyl, who is pro-life.

The Arizona Right to Life Political Action Committee said it endorsed Flake based on his strong pro-life voting record, which the National Right to Life Committee ranks at 98 percent.

“AZRTL is proud to endorse Congressman Jeff Flake for U.S. Senate,” said Michelle Clements, president of Arizona Right to Life. “During his 12 years in Congress, Rep. Flake maintained a stellar pro-life voting record, consistently voting to protect human life.”

Congressman Flake recently co-sponsored Congressman Trent Franks’ (AZ-02) bill, the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 3803), which recognizes the pain that unborn humans feel at 20 weeks gestation and beyond.

“We look forward to Jeff Flake’s leadership in the U.S. Senate, and working with him to advance legislation that protects and values life at all stages,” Clements said.

Flake’s campaign is currently in full swing as he faces fellow Republican Wil Cardon, an independently wealthy investor who already has launched a television-and-radio advertising campaign that is estimated to cost more than $450,000.

Flake recently kicked off his campaign for U.S. Senate with a two-day bus tour that began March 23 with a rally at Gilbert High School and ended in his hometown of Snowflake. Flake and his family spent two days together on the statewide bus tour, meeting with many of his supporters.

“I really wanted to end this thing in Snowflake. This is where my home is and this is really my home,” he said.



Flake has the endorsement and support of John McCain, the former Republican presidential nominee but he said he didn’t think he should become the nominee without a primary.

“Frankly, I believe that Jeff Flake will be our nominee,” McCain, told The Arizona Republic. “I think all indications are that that is going to be the outcome. But primaries are always good maturing and honing experiences for candidates. They always emerge as better candidates when they have primaries, so I don’t think there’s going to be any real pressure to have Mr. Cardon leave the race.”