Republican Vernon Parker, who is locked in a tight battle with Democrat Kyrsten Sinema for the swing seat in Congressional District 9, will deliver the Republican weekly address on Saturday.
House Speaker John Boehner chose Parker, a former Paradise Valley mayor, to give the address. He will follow President Barack Obama’s weekly radio address.
Boehner, in a prepared statement, called Parker one of the party’s rising stars and said he is eager to hear his remarks.
"We need principled leaders who will come to Congress and join Republicans in the fight to help create a better environment for jobs growth by addressing our looming debt crisis and stopping all the looming tax hikes which, according to Ernst & Young, could destroy up to 700,000 jobs,” Boehner said." Vernon Parker is an independent thinker and a rising star in the Republican Party who is committed to listening to the people of Arizona and restoring the American Dream. I’m sure Vernon will do a great job outlining what is at stake in this election, and I’m looking forward to hearing his address.”
Cory Fritz, a spokesman for Boehner, said Parker and the speaker met briefly last week in Washington. He said Parker is the first House candidate this cycle to be chosen to deliver the radio address.
"We feel like he's in a great position to win on November 6th,” Fritz said in an email.
The address will be at www.youtube.com/user/HouseConference
Congressional District 9 includes parts of Paradise Valley, central Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, Mesa, Chandler and Ahwatukee Foothills. It was added this year during redistricting to reflect population gains during the 2010 census.