DATE: Thursday, January 30, 2014

Mike Parrish: Statement on NRCC’s Ian Prior’s Comments

Ian Prior's comment "absolutely offensive."

Mike Parrish, Democratic candidate for Congress, issued the following statement in response to comments made by Ian Prior, a spokesperson for the National Republican Congressional Committee:

“I find Ian Prior’s comments about my soul being for sale absolutely offensive. I spent thirteen years on active duty in the United States Army. I have committed my life for my country, served in Northern Iraq and I continue to serve my country as a Colonel in the US Army Reserves. Public service, to me, isn't about partisan attacks, its about selfless service to our nation. Mr. Prior spends his days behind a desk throwing personal insults at people who want to make a difference for this country. Mr. Prior is exactly what is wrong with Washington right now and why I'm running for Congress. I don’t think Mr. Prior has earned the right to comment about my integrity or my commitment to serve my fellow Pennsylvanians and our country.”

Mike Parrish is a West Point graduate who served on active duty as an Army Aviator for 13 years and continues today in the Army Reserves. With a Master’s in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Stanford and an MBA from Wharton, Mike has been an entrepreneur and small business owner.  Just like every Pennsylvanian, Mike is fed up with the gridlock and bickering coming out of Washington.  He's running for Congress to hold Washington accountable – to our veterans, our seniors, and our economy.

To learn more go to or follow him at @MikeParrishPA.