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Bridget Johnson


September 28, 2012 - 7:17 am

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is rolling out the first congressional candidate this season to deliver the weekly Republican address Saturday morning.

“.@VernonBParker is an independent thinker who is committed to listening to the people of #AZ09 and restoring the American Dream #4jobs,” Boehner tweeted in announcing the candidate’s special role.

“Thankful for Speaker @JohnBoehner giving me the opportunity to give this Saturday’s Republican address. We’re restoring America’s promise!” Parker tweeted back.

Parker, who came from a poor background but eventually got a law degree from Georgetown, was a special assistant to President George H.W. Bush. He was then assistant of agriculture for civil rights in the Bush administration and the first African-American mayor of Paradise City, Ariz.

Parker first ran for Congress unsuccessfully in 2010. He faces Arizona state Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D) this fall, who would be the first openly bisexual member of Congress if elected.

“Vernon Parker is a good man who served honorably in my administration,” Bush said in his endorsement. “Vernon is a leader who demonstrates conservative values, love for country, and commitment to excellence in all that he has done.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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