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McCain Faces 2010 Primary Challenge

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 3 comments

Social conservatives tolerated John McCain as the party's nominee, but never trusted him, and he now appears to be facing a serious primary from the right in Arizona next year.

Chris Simcox the founder of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps and a prominent figure in the movement to clamp down on illegal immigration, will be announcing tomorrow at an event on the Mexican border that he's resigned from the group to run in the 2010 Senate primary.

From a forthcoming release:

"John McCain has failed miserably in his duty to secure this nation's borders and protect the people of Arizona from the escalating violence and lawlessness," Simcox said. "He has fought real efforts over the years at every turn, opting to hold our nation's border security hostage to his amnesty schemes. Coupled with his votes for reckless bailout spending and big government solutions to our nation's problems, John McCain is out of touch with everyday Arizonans. Enough is enough."

McCain was forced to abandon his own immigration reform legislation during last year's Republican Primary, a move that may have cost him substantial Hispanic support to which his record could have given him access.

So he's basically getting it from both sides on this one.

Simcox, with a national base and a high profile on the right, is well positioned to give McCain a serious local headache. He'll find some allies among the conservatives who recently took over the Arizona Republican Party from McCain's allies, and he has a national fundraising base.

I remember seeing Chris Simcox at an event and multiple protesters were arrested. I must say that Chris Simcox was very polite and calm. I would like to hear him discuss other issues besides immigration. What would the perception be of the Republican Party be if the presidential candidate lost the following election? It would be a primary so I guess it would show either no leadership in the party or shifting more conservative or both.



3 comments: to “ McCain Faces 2010 Primary Challenge so far...

  • Steve Martin April 22, 2009 at 1:42 AM

    It wouldn't bother me one bit if he lost to the new guy.

  • Anonymous April 22, 2009 at 7:27 AM

    I think this will be an interesting race to watch. Either one I think would do a good job. I like McCain but, it would be nice to see some new blood in there.

  • MikeT April 22, 2009 at 3:37 PM

    McCain needs to go. He did a good job of leading the Republicans into the wilderness, but now they need to get rid of him. If they spend some much-deserved time in the wilderness, maybe they will finally start to get their act together as a party.

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