Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Black Conservative Poised To Defeat Quayle, Jr.; NY Times Featured Today

No Spoon Vs. Silver Spoon
Conservative African-American Mayor In Arizona Poised To Topple Quayle, Jr. In GOP Primary
PHOENIX, ARIZONA. May 5, 2010. It is one of the most intriguing congressional races in the country: a famously named young candidate born on third base versus one of the most promising African-African conservatives in the country. And the New York Times talked about it just today, on their front page, in a story about the rise in African-Americans running for Congress as Republicans this year. The U.S. House of Representatives has not had an African-American Republican since the departure of J.C. Watts. 
While there are other capable people in the race to replace Congressman John Shadegg some are already calling Arizona’s Third Congressional District GOP Primary between Ben Quayle and Vernon Parker: “No Spoon V. Silver Spoon.”
Despite entering the Republican race in late January to succeed Shadegg, Paradise Valley Mayor Vernon Parker raised many eyebrows with his first quarter fundraising totals. His “Restoring Faith In America” campaign raised nearly a quarter million dollars from a broad, Arizona-based group of some 700 donors. Most of Quayle’s donors came from outside of Arizona and included curious contributions from AIG and Wall Street officials.

Parker rose from a Long Beach, California ghetto to eventually become the Mayor of Paradise Valley, Arizona in 2008. One of Arizona’s most affluent communities it is nearly 100% Anglo. He received 67% of the vote in his first run for the Town Council. As Mayor he has fought tax hikes, cut budgets, pledged to serve only one term and supported returning the election of Mayor to a direct vote of the people.


Parker, 50, is the current mayor of Paradise Valley, Arizona. He previously served the administrations of George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush as an Assistant Secretary for the $90 billion United States Department of Agriculture , small businessman, and as a pastor for two years at a small non-denominational church in Paradise Valley.
He is supported by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, former Congressman Matt Salmon and Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio among many others.

Raised by his grandmother in a severely underprivileged neighborhood, Parker was able to escape the drugs and violence through love, education and the commitment of family. He was recently recognized by NBC News/ as one of America’s top 100 African American leaders.

To schedule interviews with Mr. Parker or to get a copy of his media kit please contact Jason Rose.

Paid for by Parker for Congress

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