Ron Paul’s campaign has claimed that it has the bulk of support from military service personnel, more than all the other candidates combined, according to some sources. If true, that would represent a significant achievement for Ron Paul in terms of actual, financial support, not to mention the symbolic significance of having the largest cohort of military members supporting your non-interventionist foreign policy positions. You’ll forgive me, then, if I say it sounds too good to be true.
So, I took some time to analyze Ron Paul’s contribution statistics to see if the claim would stand up under scrutiny. After all, if the majority of the military is in the tank with Ron Paul, I’d like to know that going into the upcoming election season. What I found is revealing. I don’t want to give away the conclusion just yet, but I will say there is certainly a pattern that has emerged in the race for the Presidency that orbits Ron Paul’s campaign. I’ll explain shortly.
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Jason Chaffetz kicked off the next phase of his campaign today. Jennifer Scott, Chaffetz’s Campaign Manager, said today that they are kicking off “the biggest grass roots effort in the history of [Utah's] Third District.”
The campaign plans to take advantage of new technologies to help distribute news and information, similar to the methods used by Ron Paul and Mitt Romney in their respective bids for the Presidency. Ron Paul has demonstrated that such a movement can be powerful. He remains in the race despite insurmountable odds largely because of the support he gets from his on-line efforts.
Jason has an uphill battle on his hands as he faces Chris Cannon in the June 24th primary. Cannon isn’t going down easily; he has the advantages of name recognition, federal monies reserved for incumbents, and the infamous legacy of John McCain–the McCain-Feingold Act, which places restrictions on advertising for candidates by supporters in the month previous to an election. But those restrictions don’t apply to the media, so any media coverage Cannon can get is basically unrestricted advertising.
But Jason is not to be underestimated. He pulled off a stunning upset at the convention, and I’m betting that the mood for change is contagious; people want to see new faces and new ideas in Congress, and have demonstrated quite forcefully already that they are tired of Republicans acting like Liberal Democrats.
Chris Cannon says we shouldn’t change the status quo when it’s working so well for Utah. He has earned the respect of the movers and shakers in Washington D.C., and it would be foolish to give that up. From my personal perspective, the fact that Mr. Cannon claims to have the respect of Washington insiders speaks volumes. I mean, what does it say when some of the most corrupt, crooked politicians in the country respect you? Ultimately, it is the respect of the people, not of Washington politicians that Cannon should be seeking. That seems to be one of many differences between Jason Chaffetz and Chris Cannon. Please tell your friends about Jason Chaffetz.