According to Politico , Minuteman Civil Defense Corps (MCDC) president, Chris Simcox plans to run against John McCain in the 2010 GOP primary for the senate.
The MCDC is not to be confused with Jim Gilchrist's Minuteman Project, which is a separate organization also working on the issue of border security and illegal immigration control.
Politico reports that Simcox will resign from the MCDC and release the following statement,
"John McCain has failed miserably in his duty to secure this nation's borders and protect the people of Arizona from escalating violence and lawlessness. 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. Enough is enough."
In April 2005, Simcox teamed up with Gilchrist to organize the Minuteman Project, which brought nationwide attention to the southern border. At that time, Janet Napolitano, then the governor of Arizona and the mainstream media, labeled the Minuteman members as being vigilantes, however, there has never been a case of a member of The Minuteman Project physically harming anyone. The members of the Minuteman Project, who were all carefully screened, merely observed and reported illegal entry into the United States, they do not enforce the law but acted as a sort of neighborhood watch on the border.
Jim Deakin also plans to run against McCain for the 2010 Republican nomination for the senate.