Skip to comments.Minuteman founder Simcox to run against McCain [AZ 2010] [the end of McCain?]
Posted on 04/21/2009 11:51:46 AM PDT by rabscuttle385
Sen. John McCain will face a challenge from the right in next year's Republican primary, as one of the country's most prominent border hawks will announce his candidacy for Arizona's Senate seat on April 22.
Chris Simcox, who founded the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, will file campaign paperwork today to formalize his challenge of McCain, who has angered conservative Republicans for his stances on a variety of issues - most prominently, illegal immigration and border security.
Simcox will represent a stark contrast in Republican ideology compared to that of McCain, said Eric Johnson, a senior advisor to Simcox and former staffer for Don Goldwater's gubernatorial campaign in 2006.
"He is a true, conservative Republican. His platform is what it should be," Johnson said.
Some of McCain's clashes with conservatives in the Republican Party include his sponsoring 2006 effort in Congress to reform American immigration policies and allow a "pathway to citizenship" for millions of immigrants in the country illegally. He also spearheaded campaign finance reform in 2002 and has supported efforts to limit sales of firearms at gun shows.
Johnson said Simcox's proven ability to organize a grassroots campaign will give him an advantage over McCain. And Robert Kiley, a California political consultant who will manage the campaign, said Simcox's national profile will allow him to raise the $10 million to $15 million needed to take on the entrenched senator.
"We don't think there's going to be an issue raising money," Kiley said. "There's a lot of anger out there."
Although Kiley and Johnson touted Simcox's stances on other GOP issues, such as abortion and gun control, they said immigration will play a larger role in the campaign. Simcox will push to secure the border immediately by using the National Guard. But unlike in President Bush's 2006 Operation Jump Start, in which thousands of guardsmen were sent to the border to support the Border Patrol, Simcox wants the soldiers to take an active role in stopping illegal activity and detaining people who are trying to enter the country illegally.
Johnson said the campaign also will target voters who have left the Republican Party in recent years because of dissatisfaction with elected officials whom they believe abandoned the party's principles.
"There are a lot of people who left Republicans and became independent because of McCain," Johnson said.
Specter, McCain, keep 'em coming!
closed primaries are a must for all future elections.
Unfortunately, this is exactly what McCain needs to insure his reelection.
Yeah, count on that. That’s why the RNC never gets a dime from me!
Nonetheless, the RNC raised more funds last month than did the DNC.
I will donate to Simcox but he has a big task ahead of him because of the liberal rino’s who do support mccain still.
I think we tried that already.
thanks .. crappy day and i reeeeeeally needed a laugh
lol can’t wait to hear meghan mccain’s latest on this turn of events...”some radical whacko right wing racist is trying to take away my father’s job!”
How well did that work for you in the last election, Juan?
They'll take it from Soros and ACORN....
Honestly? It will take death or retirement to get rid of McCain.
Which would you prefer?
Mr. Simcox needs every dollar any patriotic American can spare.
FIRST - to replace Mr. McCain with a REAL Republican.
TWO - to send a message to those idiots in the GNC
THREE - as PAYBACK for getting himself nominated as candidate and THEN running such a miserable campaign it helped put the Obamanation in the White House
I can just imagine
er dad, like , er like dad do you know like that er a racist is er like running against you like , does he like homosexuals dad, er what should I say now er dad.
my illegal friends like do not want this dad, can mummy get me some money to go er like shopping at the mall dad
Personally, I don't care if the guy is a shyster (it seems that just about EVERY pol looks to loot the state/federal treasury). Use him to knock out McCain, then knock him out in the next election if he's really bad. The thing is to start purging/churning and sort out the good guys later. We've got a self-appointed House of Lords right now.
I’ve decided to send him some cash when the time comes. A good cause.
where do we send money? we’re into help with the rino extinction.
Steele should close all state primaries to Pubs only
It’s something he can do, but will he?
How about that? Guess I’ll remain a Republican. Was going to change to Indy.