Yes, I’m biased in favor of Chuck Wooten; he’s by far (think light years) my preferred candidate for Congress in our Arizona voting district, CD2. And yes, Tuesday, August 26 (2014), is the day we all need to get out to the polls; primaries around the nation have seen scary-low turnout in the 19% to 23% range of eligible voters during this midterm election cycle.
Hopefully, we’ll do better than that–but if we don’t, your vote could truly, no joke, turn out to be historic. Martha McSally and Shelley Kais are GOP “business as usual”; Wooten is the only true conservative in the race, the only one who is not blatantly owned by the Washington establishment. Low turnout could mean your vote decides who we send to Congress this year.
Why do I feel so strongly about electing Wooten? Fair question. It helps that he’s the finest candidate I’ve ever encountered in my life, period, and the only candidate in the race who can beat Democrat Ron Barber in November.
Remarkably, people on the street seem to have that figured out, too. Well…perhaps it’s not all that remarkable. Chuck has hammered the campaign trail steadily, no slacking, from the day he entered the race in February. He has an aware, dedicated group of people who’ve been in his camp from Day One. He’s kept adding to that group, too, day by day, week by week, month by month.
Today, I got to see firsthand just how far this candidate has come.
The man was personally present at a sign waving event in Sierra Vista this afternoon (Saturday, August 23). It was billed as an event “for conservative candidates”, so naturally there were signs out there on Fry Boulevard (next to the park) for folks like gubernatorial candidate Frank Riggs, our staunch trio of state legislators (Gail Griffin, David Stevens, and David Gowan), and of course the prime candidate for Mayor of Sierra Vista, Tom Crosby.
I firmly believe Tom Crosby will be Sierra Vista’s next Mayor and the city will be much the better for it. Frank Riggs would make a fine governor (his website alone will blow you away), and of course no thinking person from southern Arizona could fail to realize the value of reelecting Griffin, Stevens, and Gowan.
But I’m laser focused on finally getting real Congressional representation for CD2 this year, and to that end the experience at today’s sign waving was outstanding in two specific, interlocking, ultra-important areas, to wit:
1. Sign waving turnout. What a crew. There were more than twenty people holding signs aloft, facing traffic, waving at oncoming drivers. Some of them combined candidates, even stacking campaign signs up and down tall poles. Both the candidate and his wife sported signs for Chuck–but also signs for Frank Riggs, in whom they firmly believe.
How often have you seen that happen? Can you picture Martha McSally, or for that matter Shelley Kais, out there getting sweaty and gritty on the street and promoting fellow like-believing candidates at the same time? I know I can’t; the very thought boggles the mind.
The variety of sign waving participants was remarkable, too. There was even a cowboy, complete in boots and hat, but I didn’t get his picture since he was me. Even without the cowboy, though, there were conservative political activists of all ages, ranging from those with gray hair (or no hair) down to way below voting age. One veteran in a motorized wheelchair was having a blast, scooting up and down the sidewalk, his sign supporting Wooten for Congress on one side, Frank Riggs for Governor on the other.
2. Public response. A whole lot of drivers honked enthusiastically in appreciation of our candidates, with three or four times as many giving us a thumbs up, a cheerful wave, or an approving nod of the head. One Harley rider settled for goosing his engine repeatedly. I’d been away from the campaign for a while but got caught up on “what’s been happening” on the campaign trail. Independents, not just Republicans, are responding favorably to Chuck. Even some Democrats have been won over, with one lady approaching the candidate to tell him, “I’d been a Democrat all my life until I heard you speak. The next day, I went in and changed my registration (to Republican).”
Back in early April, it was nearly impossible to find anyone who’d heard of Chuck Wooten. Now it’s impossible to find anyone who hasn’t. They like what they see, too. Despite the mainstream media going along with the mainstream GOP’s attempt to ignore Chief Wooten and nominate Martha McSally by coronation rather than through the election process, things are looking good for Tuesday. All we need to do is get out the vote–and of course remember to cast our own ballots in the process.
It can be enjoyable, too. It’s all in the attitude, as shown in the next photo. Check out this volunteer’s beaming smile under his star spangled hat.
UPDATE: August 28, 2014
Our candidate did not win. Martha McSally gained the nomination. With 194 of 194 precincts reporting, the final results are as follows (number of votes listed first, followed by percentages):
KAIS, SHELLEY 4,604 7.88%
MCSALLY, MARTHA 40,458 69.24%
WOOTEN, CHUCK 13,151 22.51%
Write-in 222 0.38%
Despite Martha’s sizeable numbers, more than 2/3 of the total, there are a few things about Chuck Wooten’s race worth considering. For one, coming from virtual anonymity last winter, with less than $30,000 in his total campaign budget–which meant no TV ads versus a barrage of those on McSally’s behalf–he still convinced more than fifteen thousand people he was the best candidate on the ballot. And as Chuck himself has pointed out, that’s roughly $2 spent for every vote received, a claim Martha McSally most certainly cannot make.
With Chuck out of the race, is there a candidate Pam and I would like to strongly support for the general election in November?
Why, yes. Yes, there is. Right next door, in CD3, which includes west Tucson and parts of several adjacent counties, we have conservative Gabriela Saucedo Mercer going up against ten year Democrat incumbent Raul Grijalva for the second time. She lost to him in 2012, but she’s not giving up. A quick read-through of her website makes it clear she’s a true conservative, a legal immigrant from Mexico who became deeply concerned about the way this country was heading and decided to do something about it. I’ll need to kick this around with my wife in the morning before taking action, but Saucedo Mercer will be our November Pick. Grijalva is as an extreme radical leftist; if I had my choice and could choose either him or Democrat Ron Barber in our own CD2 to defeat in November, my druthers would go with seeing Raoul ousted…and that’s saying something. (Yes, of course I’d love to see them both replaced. Duh.)
Bottom line then, we’re in it to help Gabriela win it. We’d love to see you right there on the bandwagon with us.