As you are aware, Chris Simcox, founder of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, has resigned his position with the group and has officially launched his bid to challenge John McCain for the US Senate seat.
A national blog, RedStateLeader picked up the story and was all abuzz about a piece that ran on Politico.com that handicapped the race between McCain and Simcox.
The blog posting commented on allegations of financial misappropriations at Minuteman HQ and inflammatory language used by Simcox and wondered what the people of Arizona thought about the chances of beating McCain in a primary.
It is interesting to see the commentary by national pundits on our local races. The media coverage and opinions from outside spectators in Washington have a much different take than what we have about the race. Head on over and check out the story at RedState Leader and give your thoughts on what’s really happening on the ground out here in Arizona.
Before you go, we would like to get your take on this important battle and the allegations against Simcox. Please leave us a comment below and let us know what you’re hearing out in your neighborhood on this challenge to Senator McCain.
As an active Republican I am concerned about the negatives that Simcox brings to this contest from his past. As an early Minuteman who was very active in this movement for several years, I was shocked that a leader would summarily dismiss over 20 of his state leaders because they asked for a meeting to discuss financial concerns. One has to ask why was that necessary? Not very senatorial behavior, if we are demanding transparancy in our all members of our government. Should there be questions of his campaign funds….who would be his scape goats then?
Recently it appears that his position on how to address the illegal immigration issue has changed dramatically. He endorsed the Dream Act (in Denver) which would give preferential treatment to children of illegal immigrants over American students; he says that we must find a pathway to citizenship for all the millions of illegals now here. He sounds no different than McCain in this regard. So what does he offer to make him preferred to McCain?
He might have enough name recognition to proceed, but I believe he would arouse more negative votes than positive and would not be a strong opponent for McCain. I would not vote for either one of them and am sick and tired of being offered the lesser of two evils!
My Dachshund has a better chance of beating John McCain then Chris Simcox does LOL.
As much as I’d like to see McCain defeated in the primary I’m not sure that Mr. Simcox is the right person to do the job.
Allegations of financial misconduct would have to be completely unfounded before he can get any traction, it is a “third rail” type issue to many voters in my opinion.