A recent story has accused Maria Cino, a candidate for chair of the Republican national committee, of being pro-choice, so the candidate has sent a letter to the RNC to burnish her pro-life credentials:
Dear RNC Member:
Yesterday, a false story was planted about my personal views on the issue of life. I feel compelled to clear the matter up with you directly rather than let the unfounded conclusion it draws go unanswered.
I am a life-long Catholic who strongly believes and supports the teachings of the Church. I believe in upholding the culture of Life, and therefore I strongly oppose legal abortion. Further, I have studied the questionnaire of the National Right to Life Committee, and am in 100 percent agreement with their policy objectives. All of the elected officials I have worked for directly are ardent pro-lifers and I was proud to assist them in defending the rights of the unborn.
My critics point out my contributions to a very small group of candidates and a single political action committee whose views on abortion are different from my own, but who were Republican nonetheless. I have committed my life to winning elections across the country, even in areas where the Democrats have traditionally been strong. I remain committed to competing in states be they red or blue. The claims being made about my pro-life beliefs also fail to point out that I have helped elect a huge number of pro-life candidates to office at all levels — including the White House, which directly led to the addition of two pro-life justices to the Supreme Court.
I have given more personal donations than any other candidate running for RNC Chairman, and all my donations were aimed at making our party the majority party and our pro-life platform, which I fully support, into the basis for legislation and policy.
My critics also fail to note that I helped start ViewPAC, which aims to elect Republican women in general elections, particularly women in urban areas where Republican candidates have not traditionally fared well. Mine is a record of party-building, pure and simple.
This inaccurate story also included criticism of my work for Pfizer, one of the world’s largest businesses and job-creators. Let me say it simply: I never lobbied for Obamacare, don’t support it and any claims to the contrary are totally false. As Chairman I will work closely with Congressional Republicans to ensure Obamacare is never implemented.
I understand this is an important campaign and there is a lot at stake. I welcome a vigorous, all-out debate. Our new Chairman will have to speak for and provide leadership for our party on many important issues. I don’t expect us to agree about everything, but I do commit to bold leadership that builds on what unifies us in victory, in the best interests of our party and our nation.
If you have any questions about my pro-life views or experience, please contact me directly and I will answer you immediately and fully. I’m proud of my beliefs and my record and would be happy to discuss them with you.