I've known Bill English for thirteen years now, and can attest to the quality of his character. He's running for the U.S. Senate seat that will be vacated by Jeff Bingaman in 2013, and getting the cold shoulder from the Republican Party's Establishment types. Instead they seem to be supporting Heather Wilson, who is cast from the same mold as those who gave us the round of corporate bailouts in late 2008.
Yes, the same round of bailouts that started the Tea Party groups.
I've known Bill as a Ron Paul Republican for most of that time, long before the term "Ron Paul Republican" hit the big time. I don't agree with him on everything, but I've never known him to waver from his principles.
Bill's campaign site is here – billenglish4senate.org
Anyway, Bill has asked me to organize a modest fund-raising event for his campaign, probably in Albuquerque in the near future. Details later for those interested.
Below is a note from Bill that he's asked me to pass on to potential supporters.
It has indeed been an interesting week! Most notably is the fact that as a political neophyte, I received the education of a lifetime and discovered that all is not as it seems.
As many of you know I am (was?) running for United States Senator for the State of New Mexico. Which is a race that hasn't even made it to the primaries yet, but already has overtones of a feeding frenzy with a pack of piranhas.
What many of you do not know is that I am a convicted felon. Yeppers, it's true. About ten years ago I was convicted of a class four felony for aggravated assault because I pulled a gun on a man that was raping my then fourteen year old daughter. I've never hidden this fact from anyone, and while New Mexico state law clearly says that as a convicted felon I cannot run for an elected position within the state, it does not say that I cannot run for an elected position within the Federal Government.
Does the fact that I am a convicted felon make me an evil person? Or does it make me a father trying to protect one of his children from a sexual predator? I also point out that I didn't shoot the little so and so. I put my neck on the line to protect one of my kids. I am willing to do the same for my state and for my country. The question now becomes, what are you willing to do?
During the course of the past several weeks it would appear that the consulting firm that I had hired to help me with the election began running endless polls and among the questions asked was "Would you vote for a convicted Felon?" Apparently they didn't like the answers because very shortly after that they terminated the contract with me, and left me swinging in the proverbial breeze. It also turns out that they also asked if they would vote for someone who's been divorced. I have, but I am pleased to say that after twenty three years of marriage to my current wife, I think this one I got right. Hell, it took Newt three tries before he could get his right, and I point out that not once did I ever cheat on my first or second wives.
So! The question now becomes: do I stick it out and fight for what I believe to be right? Do I continue with no money, or no apparent support from those with the power and say so? Or do I quit? I could take the easy way out and quietly fade into obscurity, but then I'd always be sitting there wondering. Or I could continue on in the hope that the citizens of New Mexico will finally take a look at what we got and what we're going to get, and maybe decide that they need some one like me in office to protect what is New Mexico and its people.
Whatever else I may be, I am still an American first, and a New Mexican. We have too many problems both on a state level and a national level. As each day goes by we lose more and more. I'm willing to fight for my country and my state. Will you stand by me and help me to do battle against those who would see us destroyed?
At least with me you know what you're getting . . .