I was saddened to hear a few days ago that Chris Simcox had dropped out the Republican primary in the Arizona US Senate race against Senator John McCain. I understand his reasons for doing so. There was no way he could compete against media darling JD Hayworth.
While I understand that JD Hayworth isn't as conservative as Chris Simcox, he is more conservative than Senator McCain. The goal is to replace John McCain with someone more conservative. JD Hayworth has far more media recognition and the ability to raise more money than Chris Simcox.
I was a supporter of Chris Simcox, but now, like Chris, will be throwing my support behind JD Hayworth. The goal is to replace Senator John McCain. In furtherance of that goal, please visit and contribute to the campaign of JD Hayworth.
Here is the letter that Chris Simcox sent out to his supporters:
Hello Friends, Volunteers and Supporters,
I suspect that my sudden announcement to drop out of the Arizona U.S. Senate race caught many of you off guard. Speaking for my wife and family, it was something we knew we had to do. This race had quickly become bigger than what our family could manage; when JD Hayworth entered the race we were financially unable to continue. My campaign message, however popular and appealing, it seems, was way too ahead of its time - you liked it, but folks obviously did not feel comfortable funding it. As I heard over and over, "how can you compete against 5 million dollars?". I still ask, "So how much are you getting for your vote?
I sincerely thank my wife and family, Eric, Bob, Barbara, Linda, Jason, Mark, Lee and the many volunteers and supporters of this your campaign. My thanks is direct and sincere; I will take the rest of this lengthy note to explain how I see the value of our campaign, the value of supporting JD Hayworth and why the Tea Party activist movement is the important component as we lead a much needed repair and correction that must take place at all levels of government.
My decision to end our campaign was an eleventh hour decision, one that was really not difficult because I remain a rational and practical man who continues to see a picture much bigger than our campaign for the U.S. Senate. Last April we were the first to stand up and challenge the establishment, something I am proud to have done. I knew the electorate was growing restless yet had a common goal, to restore Constitutional government. After all, that is why our borders and illegal immigration are so important. It is the primary duty of the government to provide for the common welfare by securing our borders and "managing" the flood of humanity that desires to enter our shores for whatever reason. I have been an activist for 8 years and I realize change only occurs when you figure out how to compel people to become not just vocal and active, but to do research, learn where reliable accurate info can be found, how to analyze it and apply our efforts in rational, proactive and educationally meaningful endeavors.
Our activism is easy to promote; borders, security, law and order, and Constitutional conservative leadership. We walk the walk and do the most to preserve individual liberties by doing the most to identify and repeal ways in which government oppresses our freedoms. Nine months ago our campaign challenged the status quo right between the eyes and I have carried the message to the Republican establishment all across Arizona.
Our campaign represents just the first shot fired around the nation - we took on the most sinister element, a progressive, socialist masquerading as the leader and conscience of the Reagan Republican party. Our campaign helped educate thousands and bring hundreds of Republicans (and independents back to the party) as brand new first time precinct committeemen.
Thousands of people heard me speak of the importance of independence from the party and the healing we can bring to the party by reminding them that the Constitution comes first, not party loyalty.
Thousands of people heard me promote learning by reading the 5000 Year Leap by Skousen, along with studies in economic principles by Hayek and Ludwig Von Mises to name just a few. Thousands of minds, perceptions and biases were challenged; thousands of people were offered a new approach to public service, a new ideal that begins with the basic fundamentals. To me that is a complete success and I will aggressively continue my educational endeavors
As of today I have received tremendous support for my decision to support JD Hayworth as "our" best shot to accomplish 3 things:
1. Give this seat back to the people of Arizona.
2. Move our state party back to individual liberty, the restoration of constitutional limits on government and the judiciary, and the promotion of free enterprise, national defense and traditional American values in the post McCain era.
3. Continue my efforts to see our borders secured and our education system free of progressive programs and government/union control.
Why do I support JD Hayworth?
Lots of reasons.
When I look at JD's support team, his endorsements, his ability to fundraise, well, like I said, I'm a reasonable and practical man. The reality is that I look over at JD's team and I see all the people I have worked with at the GRASSROOTS level in the state for the past 8 years. We have all been working on the same team for a long, long time. We have endured the most hateful attacks and in turn have exposed one of the most divisive and deadly issues facing our nation. We are in the greatest sense a unique band of determined brother and sister citizens.
I made a pledge that I would not engage in dirty politics and will never do so - but folks need to consider this about Jim Deakin - where has he been for the past 8 years? That's not dirty, that's reality, and not meant to demean Mr. Deakin's life efforts in any way.
I say this only to illustrate why I support Hayworth. This is my first time running for office, but it is not my first year in politics; I look around at the people supporting Hayworth - and see those of us who are survivors on a battlefield strewn with casualties and failed attempts to correct the wrongs.
When I look around at those I stand shoulder to shoulder with today as we continue to lead this reform, I see my friends and colleagues; true warriors, tested, trusted and imbued with the wisdom and true grit necessary to survive. So as a collective group of worker bees, we see the best shot at correcting the system is to attack from all sides, and with all hands on deck.
When I look around at my colleagues on the front lines, we all look at each other with a knowing realization that we are all now poised to lead, while others have failed or given up. Be careful what you ask for - we must be mindful never to make the same mistakes as our predecessors. We do have an advantage though, for most of us are blue collar, working class, but intelligent people and we have been on the front lines for many years. We are the grassroots; we are the independent Tea Party citizens who are fed up with the elite telling us they are best suited for this complicated and sophisticated job of governing.
I support JD Hayworth because when I look around at our team I see so many people who have worked hard to retire McCain's moderate, progressive base, by purging RINOS both in office and at the party level in our great state of Arizona.
I support JD Hayworth because together we have stood toe- to- toe, face-to-face with McCain for many long years. We have worked side by side. JD stood with me in Washington D.C. and along with dozens of other elected Congressmen supported my efforts to bring attention to border security.
I support JD Hayworth because we both have directly testified before congress and challenged the status quo. I support JD Hayworth because we both directly challenged the President of the United States and told him he was wrong.
Jim Deakin, welcome to the team, you have much to offer, but you are a brand new player in the true grassroots, independent movement in this state. I will say the same about many whom now consider themselves part of the Tea Party movement. I welcome folks new to the movement that started in 2001. I look forward to sharing what I have learned and encouraging and mentoring others who now understand that more effort than complaining and yelling will be required to get us back to basics.
We, the supporters of JD Hayworth are comprised of great patriots who were the first voices, post 9/11, to attack the corruption of the two-party political class system in Arizona and we are proud of it. But I knew attacking this from within the party was the only way to repair systemic damage where the party of my choice is controlled by a few.
Jim Deakin and Chris Simcox are now just two of over a thousand new precinct committeemen in Maricopa County alone! We have work to do to continue as leaders and we can do that by supporting our best chance to work as a team to accomplish our immediate and long range goals - individual liberty, the restoration of constitutional limits on government and the judiciary, and the promotion of free enterprise, national defense and traditional American values.
JD has been with us. When I say "us", I refer to the brash, firebrands within our state Republican party who have worked to bring us to this day - we are on the cusp of retiring, gracefully and with respect, the McCain Republican party establishment in our state.
When I sat down to vet JD it was not hard to see his commitment as an ally who is not afraid of the controversial issues and I know he does not back down. When I looked over at JD's team I see all the people I have been working with for many years. It was like they were standing there, one eyebrow cocked, arms crossed, foot tapping, impatiently waiting for me to come aboard what is definitely our best chance to move our conservative Constitutional agenda forward.
Some of the reactions to my decision that were posted on blogs and my Facebook page where JD is accused to be the same as McCain may in context of the past be accurate in a narrow scope of focus. Some just want to throw the baby out with the bathwater and want all "new" people - be careful because that is not always the correct choice. In the big picture I feel JD has a unique quality that motivates me to support him - his ability to bring experience and the humility to take responsibility for mistakes, to learn from those mistakes, try new approaches and respond to the will of the people.
JD has the support of the people, and I will lend him mine, for I still desire to serve in any capacity to advance liberty as I continue to work with the wisdom and respect of my trusted colleagues in mind. And when the "labelist", those who buy into the media/internet driven labels like neo-con, big spender, etc. want to criticize my decision, well, for me, a guy who takes no endorsements and eschews categories and labels - it is a no-brainer folks. My message will remain intact and I will share it with JD in order to bring your voice, my supporters, to JD's campaign for Arizona. He is already appreciative of and responsive to your suggestions and ideas that have been expressed on behalf of our campaign.
Finally, when I look around at the people supporting JD is see all those who deserve credit for helping JD take the border security/illegal immigration issue seriously. JD has illustrated many times that he has the capacity to respond to his constituents and take on tough issues that were not politically advantageous. Previous to my stance on the border and our push for Proposition 200 here in Arizona, JD was soft on the issue; he is now a champion for border security and a responsible immigration system.
For those of you who may not have worked in Washington D.C. or around any level of government for the past 8 years I can verify that you as constituents are going to lead the trends that will more often than not dictate how your representative acts and votes. In response to JD having brought home the pork in the past, well, when you receive so much support from your supporters to do so - well, what is a representative supposed to do? It might have been the thing to do at the time, but you and I know, we the people have altered that practice, hopefully forever. We say no and JD will say no.
I am confident in JD and encourage you to challenge him more on the future needs for our country, rather than judge him on nothing more than party promoted greed in the past. JD works with the grassroots conservatives and this year's election of JD Hayworth represents a strong expression of liberty by the will of the people of Arizona.
I have many opportunities and many people have asked me to look at another office at the state level. As a family, we are looking at our options to serve. I still have some outstanding bills to pay to settle my accounts and I appreciate your continued support in helping us retire our debt.
Candidate for U.S. Senate Arizona
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