Up, Up with Salmon
It’s official. Former Congressman and Fifth Congressional District candidate, Matt Salmon, has snagged an endorsement from the Arizona Latino Republican Association (ALRA), a statewide organization that pitches conservative ideals and principles to Arizona’s Latino community. The endorsement is a first for ALRA, which broke with its standard practice of not endorsing candidates running in primary elections. But, the ALRA executive board voted to change course and endorse Salmon after board members convinced the organization that Salmon’s record is a dead match with ALRA’s defining conservative platform and objectives.
“We’re pleased to endorse Matt Salmon,” says ALRA president, Rey Torres. “He has a proven track record of making courageous decisions in defense of our mutually held, conservative ideals. As economic and strategic threats loom over our state and our country, we need leaders like him in Washington, now more than ever. Matt is a man of great integrity and principle, which is why ALRA is pleased to support him.”
A proud conservative, Salmon, who was first elected to Congress in 1994 and served until 2000, was rated in the top five among all 535 members of the House and Senate by Citizen’s Against Government Waste for all six years he was in office. And conservative voters love that he is a lifetime member of the NRA and a proponent of the National Right to Life Movement.
Salmon seems pleased with his inaugural endorsement from ALRA. “I am very humbled to receive the support of the Arizona Latino Republican Association,” he is quoted as saying in a recent press release. “ALRA is one the strongest and most influential Republican organizations in Arizona, and their mission to advance conservative principles in the Latino community will be instrumental to Republicans’ success in November. I share their belief in limited and smaller government and a free-market economy, and, I look forward to working with them to spread our conservative message throughout Arizona.”
The ALRA will, no doubt, be there to back Salmon’s “conservative message.” The organization has recently taken a larger role in the electoral process, and is putting its might behind several Republican candidates across the state, employing old-time, grassroots campaigning: phone banking, neighborhood walks and personal appearances at fundraising events. ALRA will certainly use its weekly radio show on KKNT 960AM, which typically hosts Republican candidates from all over Arizona to promote current public policy issues, to advance Salmon’s campaign.
ALRA’s endorsement isn’t Salmon’s first. In recent months, the former congressman has scored official support from fourteen Arizona state senators and fifteen Arizona state representatives, as well as from Arizona congressmen, Trent Franks and David Schweikert, former Arizona congressman, John Shadegg, and – perhaps, most controversially – from Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. From out in the world, Salmon has been given a thumbs-up from South Dakota Senator John Thune, Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn, Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey, Utah Senator Mike Lee, Congressman Darrell Issa and former Florida governor (and presidential brother), Jeb Bush.