Your morning jolt: McCain picks up a Minuteman challenger

It appears that the issue of illegal immigration isn’t finished roiling the Republican party.

Chris Simcox, one of the founders of the Minuteman defense group, is to announce a primary challenge today against U.S. Sen. John McCain at an event on the Mexican border.

According to Politico, these are the sins of the former GOP nominee for president:

“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.”

Simcox intends to tap a national network of illegal immigration activists, so don’t be surpised to see him in Georgia. This from the Arizona Capitol Times:

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.”

While you ponder that, take a look at these items found while perusing this morning’s ajc.com:

  • Lockheed Martin accepts end to F-22.
  • Grady private consultant gets $1,600 a day.
  • Perdue signs unemployment, Georgia Power pay-in-advance bills.
  • Cobb chairman Olens running for attorney general, Westmoreland “seriously” looking a bid for governor.
  • Ex-DeKalb chief calls probe “Mickey Mouse.”
  • State likely to keep restrictions on washing cars.
  • Some opinion:

  • Cynthia Tucker on King family move to cash in on memories.
  • Bob Barr says secession talk is far from extreme.
  • And elsewhere:

  • AP: Acting head of Freddie Mac commits suicide.
  • WP: Bush officials began preparing to conduct harsh interrogations long before they were granted legal approval.
  • WP: Israel wants to see progress against Iran’s nuclear program before pursuing Palestinian peace talks.
  • Politico: Newt Gingrich on what he says is the real danger of the Employee Free Choice Act.
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    One comment Add your comment

    Barry

    April 22nd, 2009
    10:42 am

    This guy is right. Have you heard of “domestic economic terrorist”? That is exactly what these illegal aliens are. Right now its for jobs. Next, it will be about the violence they will be harboring on United States citizens. Therefore, there need to be an effort by our politicians to take a stand against illegal aliens comimg in to our country, especially allong our borders. this is a security risk of the utmost concern and should not be tolerated. Many aliens say they come here for jobs. And they get those jobs by cohorting with employers who illegally hire them below our legal minimum wage. These “economic domestic terrorists”, including those who employ them, are not assisting our GNP. Instead, their being in our country, using services (i.e.,schools, medical,etc,) are draining our state and local government tax base at the expense of the legal citizens of this country. And please do not try and legalize this illegals because thier legalization will drain our Social Security System due to theiy have not invested in this sytem and will seek its benefits at the expense of legal citezens who paid into the system over the years. These “domestic economic terrorists” need to be stopped at our borders. If McCain and Obama are not asking for enforcing our illegal immigration laws, then they both need to be voted out of office. Our national security is at risk in this matter. If Mexico, for instance is concerned about our immigration policy, they may ask, like Puerto Rico, to become a part of the United States of America. Then maybe they can show their loyalty to our country by paying taxes and joining the military and fight inour wars. Until then, they are
    “domestic economic terrorists” who are assistinf in destroying the economic and security fabric of this country.