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Why did Senator Susan Collins vote to continue funding Planned Parenthood?

Posted in Defund Planned Parenthood, FQHC, HRSA, Planned Parenthood abortion numbers, Planned Parenthood politicians, Planned Parenthood Prenatal, Planned Parenthood services, State Abortion Stats with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 22, 2017 by saynsumthn

Why did Senator Susan Collins vote to continue funding Planned Parenthood, when its health care services have been plummeting for a decade?

Two Republican Senators, Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Susan Collins (R- Maine), are being credited with halting a Congressional effort to defund the nation’s largest abortion chain, Planned Parenthood. In a previous post, Live Action News documented Sen. Murkowski’s inaccurate claim that Planned Parenthood is a health care agency worthy of taxpayer funds. In this post, we will examine whether the activities of Planned Parenthood in Sen. Collins’ state of Maine live up to her statements defending the organization.

Maine Senator Susan Collins defends Planned Parenthood

In 2015, following the release of the Center for Medical Progress’s undercover videos of Planned Parenthood representatives haggling over prices for aborted baby body parts, Sen. Collins introduced a measure to investigate Planned Parenthood’s practices. At the time, she said:

I was sickened when I viewed the recently released videos featuring Planned Parenthood physicians… the callousness with which Planned Parenthood employees discuss the sale of fetal tissue is appalling. It deserves our attention. The videos also raise valid questions about the ethics and legality of Planned Parenthood’s practices in some of it’s clinics…. As a result I believe a full investigation is warranted to determine whether or not Planned Parenthood broke the law prohibiting the sale of fetal tissue….

But despite the Maine senator’s apparent outrage, Collins gave a clear signal just prior to the recent Senate vote on the ObamaCare repeal that she was hesitant to defund Planned Parenthood for one year. She told ABC News, “I think it’s not fair and it is a mistake to defund Planned Parenthood. It’s one of many issues.”

After her vote against the “Skinny Repeal,” Sen. Collins pointed to Planned Parenthood as an alleged health care organization:

The issue of family planning services, cancer screenings, and women care probably does resonate with us more than it does with our male colleagues, and to me it was so unfair to single out one Medicaid provider and say to women in particular, “You can’t choose which health care provider you want to go to.”

The problem is that Planned Parenthood only masquerades as a health care provider, and the facts show that Planned Parenthood is not the best choice for Maine citizens.

GOP Senators Collins and Murkowski are just two in a long line of politicians that Planned Parenthood has paraded out to repeat its deceptive talking points on services it either does not provide or on services that have been declining for years, as Live Action has exposed in the video below:

While Planned Parenthood is focused on abortion, federal health centers, (which outnumber Planned Parenthood by the thousands nationally) offer a wider range of services.

Facilities:

Planned Parenthood operates four facilities in Maine, including one of the largest abortion facilities in the state.

In contrast, according to the Rural Health Info Hub, there are 40 Rural Health Clinics and 18 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) providing services at 123 sites in Maine. These centers offer a wide range of health care services for men, women and children.

Patients:

According to statistics published on Planned Parenthood’s website, the organization saw a total of 8,745 clients in Maine, a decrease of over 35 percent since 2006, when Planned Parenthood recorded 13,548 clients.

In contrast, the latest published data on the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) website, federal health centers served 187,269 patients in 2015. This was an increase of 13 percent from 2008, when Maine health centers served 165,458 patients.

Abortions:

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE) operates facilities in Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire.

Statistics published by the Guttmacher Institute reveal that between 2011 and 2014, the abortion rate decreased in two of the three states in which PPNNE operates facilities:

  • 4 percent decline in Maine
  • 3 percent increase in Vermont
  • 19 percent decline in New Hampshire

PPNNE Services 2011 and 2015

Yet, despite an abortion decline in Maine and New Hampshire, state reports from PPNNE show that abortion, as a percentage of services, is increasing. According to documents on file with PPNNE, abortions in those three states increased from 2 percent of PPNNE’s services in 2011to 6 percent of services in 2015.

Breast Exams and Pap Tests:

In 2015, PPPNE performed a total of 4,250 Pap tests in all three states. This is a decline of nearly 81 percentfrom 2006, when PPPNE reported 22,127 Pap tests in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont combined.

Breast exams have also decreased at PPNNE, dropping 21 percent from 8,000 in 2013 to 6,311 in 2015. A closer look at Planned Parenthood’s website reveals that in Maine, Planned Parenthood provided 2,531 total cancer screenings.

In contrast, statistics published on the HRSA website for 2015 (the latest published numbers) reveal that 59.4 percent of the almost 190,000 patients who visited federal health centers in Maine received cervical cancer screenings alone.

Contraception: 

An analysis conducted by Planned Parenthood’s former “special affiliate,” the Guttmacher Institute, which reviewed Maine’s Planned Parenthood centers (PP), Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), and Title X facilities for 2015, revealed:

  • 3 out of 16 counties providing publicly funded contraception care in Maine had at least one Planned Parenthood center.
  • All 16 counties had at least one FQHC site providing contraception services.
  • There were no Planned Parenthood centers located in 13 of the 16 counties.
  • Almost 4 percent (4 out of 106) of publicly funded family planning centers were Planned Parenthood centers.
  • Planned Parenthood served 28 percent of contraception clients while FQHC sites served slightly less, at 27 percent.

FQHC vs. Planned Parenthood in Maine Contraception Care

State and federal taxpayers have been forced to send $3,381,528 to PPNNE despite the organization’s decrease in services. This number has remained fairly consistent for the past several years. As of 2015, these tax dollars now make up 14 percent of the affiliate’s annual budget.

Audited financial reports published by PPNNE reveal that despite the millions of tax dollars it receives every year, PPNNE’s net assets totaled $12,604,134 in 2015 and $13,471,397 in 2016, proving that it does not need government dollars.

Nationally, an analysis by Live Action News proves that FQHCs are far more worthy of tax money than Planned Parenthood. And they can handle Planned Parenthood’s patients if and when the abortion corporation is defunded.

Data from Planned Parenthood’s annual reports reveal that nationally, services such as contraception, prenatal care, breast exams, and pregnancy tests have decreased. In fact, the reports show that Planned Parenthood has lost over half a million (661,000) patients in the past ten years.

What has increased at Planned Parenthood nationally? Abortion — rising nearly 24 percent from 264,943 in 2005 to 328,348 in 2015. This means that today, Planned Parenthood garners nearly 35 percent of the abortion market share in the country, ending the lives of 900 precious preborn children every day.

Despite the decreases in services and increases in abortions, in the past ten years, taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood has nearly doubled from $305.3 million in 2005 to $554.6 million in 2015.

This cash flow enabled Planned Parenthood to end its year with an excess of $77.5 million in 2015, an increase of nearly 39 percent from 2005 when they netted $55.8 million.

Planned Parenthood has been netting a profit for many years, with yearly surpluses ranging from $12.2 million in 2001 to a high of $155.5 million in 2010).

You do the math, because it is obvious that Senator Collins hasn’t.

  • This article is reprinted with permission. The original appeared here at Live Action News.

Pro-life leader who once survived arson attack challenges “obstructionist Republican establishment” in Ohio Senate

Posted in Janet Porter, pro-choice violence with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 30, 2015 by saynsumthn

A long-time pro-life leader has decided to run for the Senate in the state of Ohio to challenge what she calls “the establishment” which has refused to pass the pro-life Heartbeat bill. Janet Folger Porter has been fighting abortion for over thirty years. Her leadership helped pass the first ban on the infamous partial birth abortion method. In that procedure, the abortionist delivers the preborn child up to the shoulders, he then pierces the child’s skull with a pair of medical scissors and suctions out the brain tissue, enabling the collapse of the baby’s head which kills the child. The procedure was defended by Hillary Clinton during her term as a US Senator.

Janet Head Shot Hi-Res

It was this now illegal abortion procedure that appeared to be described by a high ranking staffer at Planned Parenthood caught on under cover video by the Center for Medical Progress who exposed their grisly baby harvesting operation. As a result, pro-lifers have called for an investigation into the potential that Planned Parenthood is violating the law.

I have known Janet Porter for many years. I have followed her bold stand as well as her witty and brilliant personality. What you see in Janet publicly, rest assured is the same privately. She is one of the most honest, godly, and hard working woman I have ever met. Janet is 100% committed to the cause of defending the preborn child in the womb. But, her stand has not been an easy one. Over the years, Janet has made a number of enemies. She is feared by groups like Right-Wing Watch who describes her an “anti-choice” threat and has published numerous alerts on her views. Janet told Saynsumthn that she is the most “watched” female by the pro-abortion group, second only to Michele Bauchman. In response to the criticism, Janet said that she not deterred by those who oppose her, telling Saynsumthn that, “When you spend your life standing for God’s word and His principles people don’t always say nice things about you.”

Janet Folger Porter prolife Bomb Threat

Tragically, words are not the only “ammunition” that have been used by Janet’s enemies over the years. The pro-life leader has also received numerous threats, including having her vehicle sabotaged when someone cut her gas line. It happened in 1994 when abortion was front and center in the news much like it is today. Janet recalled seeing smoke coming out of her car prior to a political rally for a pro-life Democrat candidate she had planned to attend. After getting out of the car she saw a line of fire from the driveway into her garage, but thankfully the fire was confined to her car engine and she was not hurt. The fire was ruled as arson and although no one was ever charged, Janet had her suspicions that she was targeted because of her pro-life activism.

“The arson investigator said the attack was deliberate. The banner headline of the Cleveland Plain Dealer on Friday, May 13, 1994, read: Right to Life Leader’s car Sabotaged, Odds are it is connected to abortion issue, police say.” The sticker on the bumper read: “Abortion? Pick on someone your own size.”

Janet Folger Porter prolifer threatened bomb abortion

Janet wrote about the incident in her book, True to Life where she published this image of her burnt out car.

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Janet Folger Porter prolife threatened bomb abortion Cleveland paper

Janet’s thirty years of pro-life activism began in high school where she was first convicted about abortion after she was shown a picture of an aborted baby for the first time. Today, Janet has spent the last few years working to pass the Heartbeat Bill in Ohio. This legislation works on the premise that if death is decided when a heartbeat ends, then life should be protected when the heartbeat begins. She told Saynsumthn that her involvement in a failed pro-life initiative in South Dakota helped birth the concept behind the Heartbeat Bill.

“The Supreme Court has said states can intervene and protect life in the womb if there is a likelihood of survival to live birth. But right now they are picking viability as their marker. Well, we have a better one. It’s called the heartbeat,” she said adding that, “Heartbeat is an indicator of life that is universally recognized across the wold, why should we ignore it when it comes to the very young?” she asked.

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Janet said she is committed to protecting every preborn child in the womb, but for now, “If we can’t rescue all the children out of the burning building all at once, you carry out as many as you can – then go back for the rest,” she explained.

It was her passion to pass the Heartbeat Bill in the Ohio legislature that promoted her decision to run for state Senate. Janet said that she is hoping to unseat incumbent state Republican Senator Larry Obhof and that she is running against what she calls “the Republican establishment.” According to Janet the so-called “establishment” has “blocked the most pro-life bill to ever pass the Ohio House of Representatives, the Heartbeat Bill” which Janet calls, “our best chance to save the most lives.”

“They will tell you how pro-life they are. In fact, my opponent will claim to have a 100%n voting record. Well that is easy to do when you never vote on the most pro-life bill, the Heartbeat Bill which has the most chance to save lives,” she stated.

Janet has accused her opponent, Larry Obhof, with refusing to initiate and sign a discharge petition to bring the pro-life Heartbeat Bill to the floor for a vote. “He claimed to a local news outlet that I never asked him to sign it,” Porter said.

Porter holds certified receipt of letter she delivered to her opponent

Porter holds certified receipt of letter she delivered to her opponent

So I delivered the proof: the receipt of the certified letter which I sent to him on October 21st along with the return postcard which showed that he, in fact, received it.”

Janet’s determination has brought her before Ohio lawmakers many times with several victories along the way. Janet has had plenty of experience with lawmakers. After she co-founded Students for Life in 1985 at Cleveland State University as an undergrad student she became Legislative Director of Ohio Right to Life for nearly a decade. It was in this role that Janet helped pass pro-life laws including the Woman’s Right to Know law (with a 24 hour waiting period), Parental Consent, Fetal Homicide, protection against dehydration and starvation, as well as the nation’s first ban on Partial Birth Abortion.

Janet explained that after asking others to run against what she calls the “obstructionist Republican establishment” she stepped up when no one responded. “If nobody else would do it, I put my own faith to action and I pulled petitions to run for the state Senate.” But, the feisty pro-life female leader said she has also launched her political campaign for the cause of liberty, “The more I think about it, we could have a lot of fun in the Ohio Senate. Instead of being on the outside begging them for their vote, we could actually take our government back! Because, you know what? It doesn’t belong to the establishment incumbents – it belongs to we the people.”

Janet Folger Porter for Senate

Janet said that her campaign needs a lot of prayer, support, feet on the ground and, of course plenty of contributions. Early voting in the state begins in a few months and the election will take place March 15, 2016. But, despite the uphill battle, Janet remained optimistic about her chances of winning:

“Here’s my chances with God all things are possible.”

GOP Debate roundup Planned Parenthood, abortion, immigration, terrorism , ISIS

Posted in 2016 Presidential Race, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 7, 2015 by saynsumthn

Last night as I watched the FOX GOP Debate with the “top ten” presidential candidates, I tweeted some of their remakes as they unfolded.

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GOP Debate 5

GOP Debate 6

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GOP Debate 10

GOP Debate 11

GOP Debate immigration

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Marco RUbio abortion GOP DEbate resume Hillary

Red Cruz on Terrorism GOP DEbate Radical Islam

Scott Walker Planned Parenthood abortion GOP Debate

Ted Cruz on ISIS Death Warrant DOP Debate

Trump run Independent GOP Debate Rand Paul

Ted Cruz debate recap:

Ted Cruz on ISIS:

Marco Rubio debate abortion:

After the Debate:

Scott Walker abortion exceptions debate

Walker debate recap

Megyn Kelly asks Donald Trump, “When did you actually become a Republican?”
also abortion and women:

Carly Fiorina – Rick Perry on Donald Trump

Trump and Rand Paul spar and Kasich on gay marriage in Debate

Mike Huckabee on same sex marriage and abortion

Ben Carson on Terrorsim

Ben Carson’s closing statement: Brain and Washington DC

Megyn Kelly spars with Donald Trump on women:

Trump would run Independent on debate:

Chris Christie and Rand Paul on Patriot Act and privacy – terrorism

TWEET TEXT:

Ben Carson

    I am only one to take out half a brain although if you go to Wash looks like someone beat me to it #GOPDebate funny!
    Carson on Hillary counts on ppl being uninformed #Alinsky model useful Idiots – #GOPDebate says he believes ppls are smart !
    Base tax on tithing – proportional tax system get rid of deductions and loopholes
    on #terrorism I wouldn’t broadcast to everyone what we are going to do – no such thing as politically correct war
    Bully pulpit place 2 start 2 heal race divide strength of America comes in unity we are USA – race does not define us
    Most important for next #POTUS is to “have a brain”

Senator Ted Cruz

    first thing I will do is rescind illegal ex orders of #Obama and open investigation of Planned Parenthood
    we see lots of campaign conservatives but if we are going to win we need consistent conservation #GOPDebate reads scripture daily
    “if you join #ISIS and wage Jihad on America you are signing your death warrant”
    Ted Cruz on #ISIS ” we won’t defeat radical Islamic Terrorists so long as we have POTUS fearful to utter the words
    I will always tell the truth

Senator Marco Rubio

    God had blessed us with many candidates while dems can’t even find one!
    Historians will look back and back on us and call us barbarians for #abortion
    I have never advocated #rape exception on #abortion law to protect unborn exists called Constitution
    even tax code 4 small businesses have regulatory budget repeal and replace #ObamaCare repeal Dodd-Frank
    Feds will use common core to force down local throats !
    Campaign supposed to be about future not past if I am nominee I we will be party of future
    Is this is resume competition #Hillary will be next prez

Rubio Barbarians unborn abortion

Gov. Scott Walker

    God calls us to follow his will and I hope to do the same living life as testament to His faith!
    Voters elected me for 3rd time unemployment was 8% now below 6% ppl like #Hillary thinks U grow economy by growing Wash
    I met with Saudi leaders greatest challenge – disengagement of America we are leading from behind
    I defuned Planned Parenthood long B4 videos came out
    I believe that is an unborn child in need of protection

More on Walker, Planned Parenthood, Immigration and abortion here:

http://video.foxnews.com/v/4404969488001/scott-walker-on-gop-debate-abortion-and-planned-parenthood/?#sp=show-clips

Gov. Chris Christie

    we don’t need to fund enemies and Israel is a priority to keep them strong and safe
    71% of federal spending entitlements and debt #GOPDebate
    I’m only person who has filed applications under Patriot Act

Gov. Mike Huckabee

    military not social experiment purpose is to protect America
    on Iran – we got nothing we didn’t even get 4 hostages out when someone points gun to head and loads take seriously
    #FairTax is paid by everyone #pimps #prostitutes #illegals #drug dealers a like
    gov should change their retirement program or not have one instead of taking from #socialsecurity
    on #FairTax 60 million on Social Security Gov took the money out of their checkbook!!
    Federal gov puts mandates on states – beyond jurisdiction of constitution #EPA #IRS #GOPDebate move power back
    Time 2 Do something more bold invoke 5th and 14th amendment on abortion

Senator Rand Paul

    I don’t want marriage or my guns registered in Washington and ppl who have religious opinions gov should not interfere
    on Iran you have to negotiate from position of strength Obama gave too much away how do you get them to comply
    Paul to Christie” I don’t trust Obama I know you gave him a big hug…”
    I want 2 collect more records f/ #Terrorists and less from honest #Americans proud to stand 4 #BillofRights
    Shouldn’t fund our enemies

Donald Trump

    when you have ppl cutting Christians heads off, ppl at border, no time for tone get job done #GOPDebate #ISIS
    I have evolved on abortion like Ronald Reagan but what does he mean? http://wp.me/ptUz8-90K #GOP #GOPDebate #prolife
    on company bankruptcy lenders not babies they are total killers tells #ChrisWallace your living in world of make believe
    gets snarky with #Chriswallace
    I have never gone bankrupt BTW
    defensive on dem giving
    system broken When they call I give and they are there for me
    on single payer – it works…wants private system #GOPDebate / #ObamaCare #prolife
    I was only one on stage to oppose #Iraq war
    on ObamaCare “disaster” was for single payer system years ago
    “Border patrol leaders stupid +and Mexican gov smarter- send bad ones over b/c they don’t want to pay for them”
    “if it weren’t for me you wouldn’t be talking illegal #immigration” #GOPDebate #debate Build a wall Drugs go out/ money in
    #Trump on Mexico up !!
    I don’t have time for total political correctness

Gov. Jeb Bush

    says Trumps language is divisive – won’t win dividing country with optimistic message
    brags he defunded Planned Parenthood “my record as a pro-life Gov is not in dispute did 4 end of life issue as well” #GOPDebate
    on Planned Parenthood and #Bloomberg which gave millions to #PP basically admits he never looked at their budget #GOPDebate
    invokes “children will suffer” line on Common Core – what a joke #GOPDebate #Education #prolife
    on Common Core I’m for higher standards with abundant school choice blah…blah…blah…#GOPDebate didn’t say locals / parents have say Jeb on Iraq: “It was a mistake”
    “Majority of ppl coming here illegally have no option” #Immigration #GOP #Debate says eliminate sanctuary cities
    I’m my own man
    Bar is higher for me

Gov. John Kasich

    “America is a miracle county”
    I just attended a gay wedding #GOPDebate but says he supports traditional marriage
    “everybody has a right to their God-given purpose”

From early debate:

George Pataki and Bobby Jindal: Abortion/Planned Parenthood ( 20 weeks)

Jindal: I’ll Send Every Agency I Can After Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood better hope Hillary wins the election ~ Gov Bobby Jindal

Shockingly Mother Jones did a good analysis on what he candidates said about abortion and Planned Parenthood which you can read here.

Tweeters express outrage to joining Hillary’s official campaign

Posted in Hillary clinton with tags , , , , , , , , on June 18, 2015 by saynsumthn

What happened when Hillary Clinton tweeted, “Join Hillary’s official campaign and be the first to know about events and rallies near you!”

Join Hillary Team tweet

I responded this way, “#Hillary Clinton praises racist Margaret Sanger founder of #PlannedParenthood http://wp.me/ptUz8-8lF #eugenics

Another tweeted, “I’d rather have a rectal exam….. same difference without the CON.”

And this one, “Go AWAY!!!!!! It’s been over 20 yrs, when is enough, enough? Worse than a royal family. #GOAWAY”

or, “ I’d rather have root canal.”

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See more here.

Marco Rubio on abortion – two rights in conflict with one another

Posted in 2016 Presidential Race, Marco Rubio with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 13, 2015 by saynsumthn

Marco Rubio says the argument on abortion comes down to two rights in conflict of one another.

“There is no compelling argument for why a woman’s right to choose trumps a child’s right to live.”

“You are the voice of children who cannot speak for themselves…The truth is, I believe in all my heart that future generations will look back and at this area in American history and condemn us. They’ll look at what’s happened here since 1973 and they will characterize this nation as barbarians. At some point hopefully in our lifetimes – but- certainly at some point – people will look back at this practice and say how could that be possible? ”

Carly Fiorina 2016 GOP presidential “Dark Horse” on Abortion

Posted in Carly Fiorina with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 3, 2015 by saynsumthn

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“It is on the issue of life that the hypocrisy of liberals is the most breathtaking. They believe flies are worth protecting, but the life of an unborn child is not. The platform of the Democratic Party asserts the right to an #abortion at any point in a pregnancy for any reason. There are those who are now fighting for abortions to be performed by non-doctors. Barbara Boxer once commented that a life is only a life when it leaves the hospital.

“We know that science supports those of us who believe in the sanctity of life.

“When I married my husband Frank thirty years ago, I learned that his mother had been told to abort him or her life would be in danger. She refused and spent a year in the hospital following his birth. Her son, my husband, was the joy of her life and is the rock of mine. I think often of how different my life would have been had my mother-in-law made a different choice.”

Carly Fiorina: on Pain Capable Unborn Protection bill – this is NOT leadership of the House !

Politics, apparently, intervened to prevent the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act from being brought to the floor for a vote. This is disappointing. Because what it says is that once again, politics has triumphed over principle, and expediency has triumphed over courage. This is not leadership of the House.

Carly Fiorina: ‘Science Supports Those of us who Believe in the Sanctity of Life’

Carly Fiorina FULL Iowa Freedom Summit speech 1/24/15

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Carly and the so-called War on Women “Every issue’s a woman’s issue- we think about a lot more than birth control

Carly started out as a secretary for a small real-estate business. She then joined AT&T in an entry-level sales position. Fifteen years later she led AT&T’s spin-out of Lucent Technologies and then Lucent’s North American operations. In 1999, she was recruited to Hewlett-Packard where she would become the first woman to lead a Fortune 50 business.

Black Pastor people don’t like it when you leave the Democrat Plantation

Posted in Black Pastor, Blacks leave Democrat Party with tags , , , , , on October 29, 2014 by saynsumthn

Corey Brooks

New Beginnings Church had $8,000 stolen overnight and it’s pastor Corey Brooks has been receiving death threats after going public that he was voting for the GOP Gubernatorial candidate.

The robbery came shortly after threats to Brooks over his support for Bruce Rauner for governor against Democrat incumbent Pat Quinn.

“I’m definitely not backing down,” Brooks told Fox, explaining that he supports Rauner as the best choice for the state and the city.

Brooks said a lot of people are upset that he’s “going outside the status quo” by not supporting a Democrat in Chicago.

But he argues that the Democrats’ policies have failed the city.

Booker was asked by WGNTV if he should have his tax exempt status revoked for endorsing a candidate. The pastor said he can personally endorse any candidate he chooses as an individual, not as a church.

It’s amazing how, when you vote and support a Democrat, you say it’s fine. But when you say, I’m not going to support that system anymore everybody attacks you… I’s no issue when I’m supporting a Democrat when I’m having all these other politicians coming to our churches, no one ever says anything.”

In this video supporting Oberweis for U.S. Senate, Pastor Brooks says the most important issue facing their community is jobs.