UPDATE: My interview with Jim Gilchrist, where I expose his vote being for sale is here.
This statement by Minutemen founder Jim Gilchrist really struck me as odd as he endorsed Parker Griffith for Congress…
Listening to the discussion about past votes, Gilchrist seemed puzzled. He said his endorsement is based on the current voting record. “What would it matter if a congressman felt one way two years ago and now feels another way?” Gilchrist asked.
It is especially odd considering I can’t find an immigration vote in the last two years.
So I started to dig and I found some pretty interesting information.
This is what I learned…
Jim Gilchrist and his Minutemen organization is a sham front group that is clearly selling endorsements to whoever will buy them.
Follow the money as I trace it from multiple candidates to a Jim Gilchrist bagman and his “consulting group” who delivers the Minuteman “endorsement” to it’s clients.
The Group is called “Election Impact Group” and it is ran by one Howie Morgan.
Howie Morgan was Jim Gilchrist’s campaign manager in his failed bid for Congress.
“Upon further consultation with our attorneys, we shall decide what action to take next. Jim Gilchrist has no intentions of being rolled over by the Sacramento establishment,” says Gilchrist Campaign Manager, Howie Morgan.
On 5/5/10. Griffith campaign pays EIG/Howie Morgan $6,500 and on 5/21/10 The Minutemen endorse Parker Griffith.
Seemed odd to me.
So I started looking into Impact Election Groups clients and thankfully they provided me with a road map of this year’s clients to follow.
Rick Perry (Republican)
Governor of Texas
Tim Bridgewater (Republican)
Utah, US Senate
Danny Tarkanian (Republican)
Nevada, US Senate
Gunner DeLay (Republican)
Arkansas, US Congress District 3
Kay Granger (Republican)
Texas, US Congress District 12
Parker Griffith (Republican)
Alabama, US Congress District 5
These are all the campaigns that hired “Election Impact Group” this cycle.
I wonder what they have in common?
Rick Perry (Republican) – Governor of Texas: Endorsed by Jim Gilchrist
Minuteman Project founder Jim Gilchrist on Wednesday endorsed Rick Perry for re-election as governor.
Tim Bridgewater (Republican)- Utah, US Senate: Endorsed by Jim Gilchrist
Jim Gilchrist traveled to Utah two weeks ago to openly endorse Tim Bridgewater
Danny Tarkanian (Republican) – Nevada, US Senate: Endorsed by Jim Gilchrist
Jim Gilchrist, the co-founder of the Minuteman Project, announced his support of Danny Tarkanian in a joint appearance at the candiidate’s Reno headquarters Monday.
Gunner DeLay (Republican) – Arkansas, US Congress District 3: Endorsed by Jim Gilchrist
We have another major endorsement coming today. Jim Gilchrest, founder and president of The Minuteman Project will be in NWA through Saturday. Please join us on Friday in Rogers at the Rogers Public Library between 3:00 and 5:00pm for a press conference and townhall meeting with Jim.
Kay Granger (Republican) – Texas, US Congress District 12: Endorsed by Jim Gilchrist
After the meeting, Gilchrist announced his endorsement of Granger in her bid for a seventh term representing U.S. House District 12.
“There is only one candidate that has a proven record of working on behalf of taxpayers to work toward solving the problems of border security and illegal immigration,” Gilchrist said. “And that is why I offer my full endorsement of Kay Granger.”
Parker Griffith (Republican) – Alabama, US Congress District 5: Endorsed by Jim Gilchrist
They all have Jim Gilchrist and Election Impact group in common.
All of them.
THEY ALL BOUGHT THE ENDORSEMENT.
This is another scam that Parker Griffith has attempted to pull on the people of North Alabama.
I will say it again…
No Honor (for Parker Griffith)
No Integrity (for his supporters)
No Parker Griffith (for Congress)
UPDATE: I asked Gilchrist if i could prove they shopped his endorsement (I can and he knows it) would he rescind it?
That tells you everything you need to know about Jim Gilchrist, his endorsement and his organization.