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Howie Morgan resigns from Henry Ross’s campaign against Alan Nunnellee

This just in from YallPolitics.

Howie Morgan is a local Republican political consultant who has consistently turned up in regional long shot campaigns (most recently, a campaign by Ricky Dombrowski (R) against incumbent Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann).

You can say “who?”  Dombrowski got 17% of the vote.

Just prior to that, he produced some national notice for selling endorsements for Jim Gilchrist, the notorious leader of the Minutemen citizens group “policing” the border in Arizona and California (featured in an episode of This American Life).

For six or eight grand or so, a Congressional candidate apparently got Morgan as a consultant and, shortly thereafter, Gilchrist made an endoersement.

Henry Ross, who is challenging Alan Nunnellee for the Republican nomination for Congress, hired Morgan as campaign manager and was going to officially launch his campaign this week.  Ross announced the delay of his announcement tour because it was going to be cold and possibly even snow on Thursday.  There was also another hitch:  YallPolitics has just reported that Morgan was booked by the Lafayette County sherriff’s office on three false pretences charges.  And Morgan has just resigned from Ross’s campaign.


Correction:  Gilchrist is not the Arizona sheriff.  He says (in comments, below) he does not sell endorsements. Morgan has been reported to be selling them on Gilchrist’s behalf.   Morgan had managed a failed Congressional campaign for Gilchrist, and there’s a pattern of campaigns hiring Morgan and suddenly getting the Gilchrist endorsement, such as this report comparing whether campaigns had hired Morgan and then received the endorsement, and showing a consistent pattern.  Here’s a post from David Wiegel when he worked at the Washington Post.

I eliminated the part of the post about whether the endorsements “stay bought” because the stories online were about Morgan shopping the endorsements around rather than taking a check and then Gilchrist turning up on the other side.

11 comments to Howie Morgan resigns from Henry Ross’s campaign against Alan Nunnellee

  • The first casualty of propaganda is the truth.

    The Minuteman Project does not sell its endorsements to anyone. All I require is that those who want my endorsement and on-site stumping must provide the travel expenses for me to come to their districts…after I agree to support a candidate for his/her stand on immigration law enforcement advocacy. How do you construe that as being a payment for an endorsement? I simply cannot afford to pay unreimbursed countless thousands of dollars to travel to the candidates districts all around the country to support them.

    Also, I am not a sheriff in Arizona, or a member of any law enforcement organization. I just support law enforcement organizations. I don’t enforce any laws nor do I have the power to do so.

    Also, the Minuteman Project is headquartered in California, not Arizona.

    When journalists resort to hyperbole and false claims in their writings and postings, they put at risk the credibility of themselves and their publishers, and eventually earn the notoriety of being nothing more than a predatory propagandist…something we have too much of in the contemporay so-called “extremist” news media.

    Furthermore, your article comes across as a rudimentary Democratic Party sponsored hit piece against the Republican Party. That might be fine in communist China, but does not work well in the democratic republic of America.

    Sincerely Yours,

    Jim Gilchrist, founder and president, The Minuteman Project

  • P.B. Pike

    Mr. Gilchrist,

    To preserve (or restore) your own credibility, you’d do well not to denounce “hyperbole and false claims” in one breath and compare your detractors to “predatory propagandists… in communist China” in the next. Even rank hypocrites are slower than that to expose their lack of self-respect and intellectual discipline.

    You must already know, though, that not a respectable soul of any political philosophy in this country takes you the least bit seriously. You’re a fringe actor and a national embarrassment, and you always will be.

  • Thank you for your comments. That is the nicest thing anyone said to me today. I must be doing something right. :)

  • Correction to this blog’s correction in Update above:

    There is no such thing as an “Arizona Sheriff.” Generally, each state county has its own sheriff.

    Is YallPolitics a third rate college campus newspaper? It sure writes like it is. You should let the New York TImes report the news. Except for an ocassional dirty journalist in its ranks (plagiarist Jason Blair, etc.) at least it usually gets its information right the first time.

    Good luck in your journalism career. You will need it.

    Jim Gilchrist (former newspaper reporter)

  • P.B. Pike

    “Arizona sheriff” is a perfectly sensible and accurate way to describe a sheriff in Arizona, just as “Mississippi writer” or “California surfer” are perfectly sensible and accurate ways to describe people of those vocations in those places. Yours is a petty, pedantic and unpersuasive criticism.

    And again, you might pause before exposing yourself as incapable of meeting your own blinkered critiques. The name of this blog is NMissCommentor, as indicated by the dark, enormous letters at the top of the page. Y’all Politics is another blog.

  • Wowee! You sound like a creative genius! But, too bad you are an incurable bigot. I meet them all the time.

    By the way, what are “blinkered critiques?” Did you get that from a rap song lyric? :)

    Well,enough levity (there’s a big word for ya’, kid)for today. I’m unsubscribing from the amateur NMissCommentator.

    And again, good luck in your journalism career. I bet the alphabet networks can’t wait to put you in front of a camera to shovel out the six o’clock news of non-thinking bliss. Then, you will be famous, your low self esteem will wither away, and perhaps for the first time in your life you will like yourself.

    E Pluribus Unum,

    Jim Gilchrist

  • P.B. Pike

    Wow, it’s worse than I thought.

    Quod erat demonstrandum,

    P.B. Pike

  • Floyd Pink

    I was watching the Tebow show and was reminded of my ole buddy P.B. Pike. I haven’t visited your blog in awhile but since you just got your ass handed to you by a superior intellect, I gather things are still about the same. See you in November, Pikester. Luv ya! Mean it!

  • P.B. Pike

    I thought you’d gathered your toys and split for your own clubhouse, Pinkey. I haven’t been very active here lately, but it’s good to see you back, just like I said you would be. Still pissed about that fabricated Shakespeare quotation I busted you on, I see.

    Thanks for the Tebow comparison. He’s an average QB, at best, but he’s an admirable guy who walks what he talks when it really counts. He can do all the Tebowing he wants, I like him.

    You needn’t kiss up to the benighted medievals among us. We knew you were there already. Are you going to run for public office again? Mr. Gilchrist just needs travel expenses, that’s it, and he’s all yours.

    And for the last time, it’s not my blog. Never has been. It’s NMC’s. Always has been.

  • Your Lies Have Lies

    Do any Minuteman have an IQ larger than their waist?

  • Anderson

    So there are no Mississippi sheriffs, or (state) senators, or representatives …?

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