Skip to comments.Georgia GOP Senate candidate travels to Bundy ranch
Posted on 05/04/2014 3:05:45 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
With a little over two weeks to go before Georgias Republican Senate primary, the seven candidates vying for retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss seat are canvassing the Peach State at a frantic pace in an attempt to shake as many hands as possible before voters head to the polls.
One contender, however, is now thousands of miles away, sacrificing one of the precious few weekends that remain to pay tribute to a protest on the other side of the country.
Senate candidate Derrick Grayson, a network engineer and avid YouTube pundit, slipped away Saturday evening to board a plane bound for Las Vegas amid a heated primary fight for the GOPs nomination. Accompanied by his campaign manager and director of operations, Grayson then drove from Sin City to rural Clark County, Nevada, where a highly publicized legal showdown continues to unfold between rancher Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
The decades-long dispute came to a head last month when federal officials attempted to seize Bundys cattle off of what they claimed was federally-owned land. Countering that the land in question belongs to the state of Nevada, Bundy refused to surrender his livestock and was soon joined by dozens of armed supporters, all of whom escalated the situation until the BLM chose to back off temporarily.
Bundy drew intense and widespread criticism when snippets of seemingly racist comments he had made appeared in the New York Times shortly afterwards.
Many protesters remain on Bundys ranch, sleeping in tents and banding together against what they see as government overreach. One such devotee, Jason Patrick, has played a major supporting role in Graysons campaign thus far. Grayson et al joined Patrick this weekend to survey the scene and show their enthusiasm for Bundys populist struggle.
Graysons quiet and quick sojourn to Nevada demonstrates his commitment to the anti-government vision he preaches. Despite the fact that Bundys claim to grazing rights is legally shaky at best, Grayson has remained one of the ranchers few outspoken allies.
Time to put my words into actions, Grayson wrote on the campaigns Facebook page of his decision to travel to the Silver State. I dont run from the fight for the people of our nation.
Besides meeting with Patrick, who has been living among the band of Bundy supporters for the past two weeks, Grayson will speak to the protestors about government authority, media bias, and racismissues that have characterized the nearly month-long standoff and accompanying national news coverage.
Although Grayson announced last week that he would only head to the ranch once the May 20th primary had passed, his team soon decided that the lessons of the Bundy-BLM imbroglio were too important to remain in his periphery. Still, a campaign representative insisted that Grayson was not attending the ranch in a campaign capacity, and that the candidate simply wanted to express his support for the cause in person. He will return to Georgia on Sunday.
He “drove from Sin City to RURAL Clark County”. That was a short drive.
Will someone tell Dr. Paul Broun to come out an play?
Grey son sounds like he is doing his homework. Going out and seeing first hand instead of just going through the motions.
Screw Cliven Bundy. We had Harry Reid and the White House “on the ropes” and he had to go run his ignorant mouth.
I haven’t heard anything from Broun in quite a while. This morning, the Georgia Gang said it was a three-way race between Handel, Kingston, and Purdue. If there’s a run-off, I will vote for whoever is running against Kingston.
Different alias FAA?
I don’t understand what you’re asking.
My apologies, if appropriate.