by Jim Nintzel
Former state lawmaker Jonathan Paton, who is competing against Jesse Kelly, Brian Miller and Jay Quick in the Aug. 24 GOP primary that will decide who faces Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in November, has the endorsement of Sen. Jon Kyl.
I wrote a few months ago about how Kelly courted Kyl and John McCain before Paton entered the race. Read about it here.
Here's the release from Paton's campaign:
Jonathan Paton is proud to announce that he has received the support and endorsement of United States Sen. Jon Kyl.
"Jonathan Paton has a proven record of fighting for lower taxes and smaller government," Kyl said. "I know he will also fight to secure the border and stop job-killing cap-and-trade legislation, as well as repeal Obamacare and replace it with commonsense conservative solutions to reduce Arizonans' health-care costs."
"I am humbled by Sen. Kyl's endorsement of my campaign," Paton said. "He's been a role model for me throughout my life and career. His support for my campaign gives me confidence we will prevail. Sen. Kyl is a strong champion of our conservative values in the Senate. I look forward to working with him to secure our borders, stop Obamacare and reduce government spending."
Jonathan Paton, a Republican, was born and raised in Southern Arizona. Now a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves, Jonathan served in Iraq in 2006 and 2007. In the state Legislature, Jonathan helped pass the largest tax cut in state history, the largest cut to government spending in state history, Arizona's new immigration law and he wrote the nation's first law to crackdown on human smuggling.
For the record: Paton also supported massive increases in state spending before he supported the largest cut in state spending.