Bev Perlson of Band of Mothers has been writing to me this weekend about the Oathkeepers and what she saw at CPAC two weeks ago. Apparently, they had Michael Maresco manning the Oathkeepers booth at CPAC for a while. Michael Moresco was the 2009 Oathkeepers Citizen Activist of the Year for his cross country bike ride from Liberty Island to Alcatraz, ostensibly to symbolize our journey from Freedom to Fascism. Along his route, Maresco handed out Ron Paul propaganda. I guess that’s why no one ever heard of him.
Anyway, Maresco told Bev that he recruited Adam Kokesh to run for that seat in New Mexico. When Bev confronted Stewart Rhodes about Maresco’s claim, Rhodes denied that he even knew Maresco – that’s pretty strange since it seems to me that the Citizen Activist of the Year of Oathkeepers, who happened to be working at Oathkeepers’ table at CPAC would be someone the leader of Oathkeepers would know.
Bev went on to tell me that Larry Baily, a relatively famous phony SEAL buster, told Rhodes that he should drop his support for Kokesh’s congressional campaign and announce that on the Oathkeepers’ website. Of course, Rhodes did no such thing.
Bev went a step farther and called the New Mexico Republicans;
I called the Republican party in New Mexico and spoke with a girl by the name of Tiffany. I told her I was calling about Kokesh and that I understand they can’t stop him from running in the Primary as a Republican, but they sure should issue a statement that they do not support a candidate that actively works to impede the efforts of our recruters and our troops. Tiffany told me they are gettting so many calls like mine, they are aware of the problem, and are looking into their legal options to separate themselves from Kokesh.
Jonn, I hope you will post the phone number on your website to the GOP in New Mexico and ask folks to call. We need to keep the pressure up on the Republicans over this.
Here’s the contact information for the Republicans in New Mexico;
P.O Box 94083
Albuquerque, NM 87199
5150-A San Francisco Rd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Several readers have emailed me and asked me if they should continue their membership in Oathkeepers. I’ll tell everyone that it’s your choice what you do with your money, but me personally, any organization that ignores Adam Kokesh’s transgressions so that they can have a pretty candidate that mouths the words they want to hear is not one to which I would belong. Kokesh has proved himself to be a poor NCO and a poor citizen. He’s shown that he disregards laws he doesn’t like, and he has no problem lying. He’s covered up his misbehavior on his blog to facilitate his campaign. The DD214 he posted on his campaign website misleads voters.
And that’s what Oathkeepers supports – just because Kokesh is a Paulian.
Me? I’m going to start checking out ever member of Oathkeepers from Stuart Rhodes through the Board of Directors down to the newest member. Everyone that claims they have military service is going to have me crawling up their ass for proof. So you Oathkeepers better get your narratives straight.
And, oh, Michael Maresco, let’s see how you have membership in Oathkeepers since I can’t find a military record, nor a First Responer’s record. Are you OK’s activist of the year just because you’re a propagandist for Ron Paul?
Added: It appears that we’re having an impact on Oathkeeper’s support. Ol’ Broad at An Old Broad’s Ramblings has just dissolved her relationship with them because of the post I wrote last week..