Former Republican Opponent Endorses O’Halleran
SAFFORD — Today, combat veteran and former Republican hopeful for Arizona’s First Congressional District, Chris Taylor, endorsed Tom O’Halleran in his campaign for re-election.
“Many people were pleased to see my recent public endorsement of Joe Biden for President. To choose country over party was an easy choice for me,” said Taylor. “In so doing, I am completely rejecting the toxic cloud of Trumpism that has settled over our land like a deadly plague. In that same spirit, I am pleased to announce my endorsement of my former opponent Congressman Tom O’Halleran.
“I know Tom to be a decent and honorable man, who is a constant example of civility and respect that seems to be in short supply these days. He represents our district in a thoughtful and bipartisan manner.
“He understands that AZ-1 is a diverse district, one that is filled with citizens, cities and towns of varying cultures and needs. He puts in the time to travel the district and listens to the concerns of constituents. He is one of the only sitting congressmen that I ever remember spending any amount of time in my small community of Safford. This shows how much he cares for people and not just about winning elections. Vote to re-elect Congressman Tom O’Halleran today!”
Taylor, a former rising star in the Republican party, exited the CD-1 race in February following a relapse associated with heroin. Since then, he has been open about his experience, taking important strides to help destigmatize addiction and mental health issues, and increase civility in political discourse.
“I have so much admiration and respect for Chris for sharing his honest views and spreading his message of acceptance to so many in our state that are struggling with addiction in silence,” said O’Halleran. “I thank him for his service and am honored to have his endorsement.”
In a September interview with ABC15, Taylor discussed his changed political views saying, "[The president] attacked John McCain and said that he wasn't a war hero because he was captured and man it hurt my soul. Sen. McCain spent 5 years in a POW camp. To the day he died, he couldn't lift his arms over his head because of the torture and abuse he suffered. I can't fathom a commander-in-chief seeing solders like that and that's just something I could never come to terms with that."