Matt Salmon, former Congressman and candidate for Congressional District 5 released the following statement in regards to his opponents' latest false and distorted attack:
"My former firms, Policy Impact Communications and Upstream Consulting, have never lobbied in support of the Affordable Health Care Act or what has become known as Obamacare. Any statement to the contrary is 100% false and a blatant lie.
My opponent, in a recent campaign ad, has knowingly misled voters and distorted this position. Unfortunately when candidates, like my opponent, get desperate they do and say things which discredit themselves and demonstrate their own weakness of character.
The truth is members of my former firms lobbied to change a provision in the proposed law which would have restricted access of people with some rare form of diseases from getting the appropriate drug therapy. Both Policy Impact Communications and Upstream Consulting, were hired to point this out to members of Congress and ensure these people receive the access to the medication they require. Never, was I or my firm, ever compensated to support Obamacare in any fashion.
The firms I worked for were retained only to change this narrow provision. I personally never lobbied on behalf of this client, and have always remained completely opposed to the Affordable Health Care Act or Obamacare.
As I have met with voters throughout the District there is one significant difference that they keep mentioning to me. They trust me because I have always kept my word and been truthful with them. Today's action by my opponent confirms the differences in our campaigns and gives me great confidence that we will prevail in August.
I call upon my opponent to withdraw this ad immediately and begin to adhere to a higher standard of integrity throughout the remainder of this race."
About Matt Salmon
Matt Salmon was first elected to the United States Congress in 1994 and served until 2000, honoring his term limit pledge. A proud conservative, Salmon 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. He is a lifetime member of the NRA with an A+ rating and also earned a 100% rating by the National Right to Life. He was also the proud recipient of the American Cancer Society's "Top National Elected Official" award.
Matt Salmon has received endorsements from Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, Arizona Congressmen Trent Franks and David Schweikert, former Arizona Congressman John Shadegg, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Mayors Scott Smith (Mesa), Jay Tibshraeny (Chandler), Hugh Hallman (Tempe), John Insalaco (Apache Junction) and Gail Barney (Queen Creek), fourteen (14) Arizona state senators and fifteen (15) Arizona state representatives. Salmon has also been endorsed by South Dakota Senator John Thune, Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn, Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey, Utah Senator Mike Lee, Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49), and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.