The following news release was issued on July 13.
Former Congressman Richard Nolan announced his candidacy for Congress in the 8th Congressional District this morning. Nolan made no mention of the abortion issue in his announcement and there is no mention of the issue on his website.
"While pro-life voters may remember that Nolan cast some pro-life votes while he was in Congress in the 1970s, in the last years of his term he cast six consecutive pro-abortion votes," said Leo LaLonde, President of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life.
It is important to note that in 1976, Rep. Nolan voted repeatedly in favor of the Hyde Amendment to stop federal funding of abortions, but by 1979, Nolan had flip-flopped and was voting in favor of taxpayer funding of abortions in the Labor-HEW Appropriations bill.
On his campaign website, Nolan has posted an audio about "politicians who say one thing and do another," in which he describes how he will keep his word.
"Pro-lifers know all too well that this is a great irony, since Nolan was notorious for not keeping his word on abortion—and unborn children paid with their lives after he flip-flopped on taxpayer funded abortions," LaLonde explained.
Pro-life voters should be leery of Richard Nolan. The issue of taxpayer funding of abortion is currently before Congress, and Nolan has a history of flip-flopping his way to a solid pro-abortion position.
Nolan is seeking the DFL nod to run against pro-life Congressman Chip Cravaack, who has earned a 100% pro-life voting record according to the National Right to Life Committee, the national affiliate of MCCL.
"Chip ran as a pro-lifer, he has voted pro-life and has remained steadfast and committed in his dedication to restore protection for innocent unborn children," LaLonde added.