When I woke Monday morning, with a slate of interviews ahead of me, I found that I had a lot of messages. That has been going on for a few weeks, but these were actual personal messages, from friends and colleagues. They wanted to know, at 8:00 in the morning, if I’d seen the signs about writing in Earl Nelson.
Although I have compelling reason to believe that the NHGOP and Cheshire County Republican Committee have conspired with Earl Nelson to do this (probably in violation of their bylaws, but I can’t be bothered to check), it’s only interesting to me for a few reasons. Most notably, it’s a real-life example of elites within a party conspiring against a candidate they don’t like. This is not the only example of this we’ve seen–the DNC did it to Sanders in 2016, after all.
As I’d last looked, the author of this article had inadvertently misquoted me–my statement, about wanting to know what “their” issue with me is, was directed at the Cheshire County Republican Committee. I suspect we’re going to find that most Republican voters don’t actually have any issue with me. I’m pro-gun, anti-big government, and anti-taxes. I check off all the Republican Platform’s boxes; I just go a little further than the average Republican, and I suspect the voters will care far more about my policies than my personal life. Time will tell. Anyway, I’m locked out of the site due to a paywall, but I wanted to make that clarification before proceeding. I have to say, however, that I love how the race is being framed as Nelson versus me. Incumbent Democrat Eli Rivera was mentioned only once.
There’s a lot to recap, so bear with me as I try to do things in order.
Monday, I woke up and discovered one of my signs cut and smashed into my mailbox. This was prior to the installation of yet another security camera.
I’d already replaced the sign a few times. It’s important to keep in mind that no neighbor or passerby has stopped to ask me to take it down. If asked, I would take it down. Instead, they’ve jumped straight to vandalizing my property, trespassing, and stealing. Today, it happened again, this time on video:
There are a few important notes here. Yes, there’s free stuff on the curb; I didn’t put it there. The signs are clearly staked in the ground, and not meant to be taken.
They passed my house first, turned around, and came back. As traffic continued, they pretended to be interested in whatever the hell is out there. Then, once everything was clear, they took the sign and left. Maybe they wanted it for themselves. I doubt it, based on the history I have with the sign, but I like to give people the benefit of the doubt.
If you know these guys, tell them they owe me $15. Because I ordered them from someone else, and didn’t design them myself, they were expensive per unit. If they’ll return the sign or pay me for it, I’ll take the video of their theft down. As usual, no, I am not involving the police over a $15 sign.
So anyway, one of my main supporters suggested I was being as standoffish with the Cheshire County Republican Committee as they were with me, so I reached out to them cordially.
As I expected, there has been no response. I initially planned to give them until Monday before I talked about it, but let’s not pretend like they didn’t notice an email from their most notorious candidate. They saw it, and they declined to respond.
That was expected, though.
None of this had to be this way. When I first went to a CCRC meeting, they were all very friendly and curious about me. They formed the Keene Republican Committee (since there were finally Republicans in Keene), and put my campaign manager, Ian Freeman, as chair. I ran for secretary. It was at this time that their true colors appeared.
On the day of the vote, there were twice the number of people attending as usual. Many of them made it clear that they were only there to vote on officers for the Keene Republican Committee, and one person even asked to speed things along because he had other things to do. Behind the scenes, the CCRC had reached out to everyone and asked them to show up, specifically to vote against me.
That was the last time I bothered to go to a CCRC meeting. Marilyn Huston suggests I have never been to one; that is a blatant lie. I went until they made it clear that they didn’t mind me, as long as I quietly voted Republican and didn’t draw any attention.
I decided earlier this year to run for State Representative for my ward in Keene. To no surprise, Marilyn Huston chose also to run for the same position. Knowing that I would lose handily to Marilyn in a primary (she seems to control the party), I opted instead to file for sheriff (which I’m more qualified for, anyway, as someone well-trained in self-defense and de-escalation) again.
Based on her support for Earl Nelson’s write-in campaign, I have no doubt she caused the turnout on the day of the officers vote.
Marilyn, honey. All of this is of your creation. You caused every bit of this. Every action you’ve taken against me has backfired on you spectacularly, and you still won’t just sit down and talk to me. I’d be an inconsequential candidate for State Rep if you’d have just left me alone. Now look. Behold your works.
The worst part of all of this–and I mean it, the absolute worst part–is the ghastly design of Earl Nelson’s signs.
Earl, please reach out to me. I will gladly pay the cost of a graphic designer if it means Cheshire County won’t be blanketed in these grotesque abominations. This offends me as an artist. I don’t care that it would mean helping you; these slapped-together eyesores have made Cheshire County uglier, and I am not okay with that. You can email me at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, whichever domain you find less distasteful. I’ll even go out with you and help you replace these hideous ones with nice ones.
Cheshire County did nothing to deserve this unaesthetic imagery covering it.
There have been a ton of interviews since my last media round-up, but I’ve honestly lost track. Regardless of the election results, I brought the ideas of liberty to people who had otherwise never heard it, including freaking metal magazines, so everything about this has been successful.
But what will the election results be? Earl and Marilyn, I almost think I should send you each a fruit basket. The initial inclination of the diehard “conservative” types was to vote for Rivera. I want to thank you for taking votes away from Rivera and directing them instead for a write-in candidate for whom “long shot” doesn’t even begin to characterize his chances. Write-in campaigns are never really effective, but you’ll pull some votes from Rivera (since I’m in the strange position of being both to the left of Rivera and to the right of Nelson), which is good for me.
There’s been no word from Rivera. I’m not surprised. Anything he says will make it clear that I’m to the left of him, and that will hurt him with Democrats. There is probably a significant number of Democrats who intend to vote for me. Has Nelson ever been written-in to Democrat primary ballots? Because I have.
The Cheshire County Republican Committee seems hellbent on sabotaging the first candidate they’ve had in decades who actually was able to reach across the aisle. To the voters of Cheshire County who are pro-gun, pro-small government, and anti-taxes, I ask: Do you agree? Is a Democrat better than a Republican who has yet to be given any clear instance where she is actually against the Republican platform? Because the CCRC seems to think a Democrat is better.
I suspect I will pull a lot of Democrat votes. I suspect I’ll pull a fair number of straight-ticket Republican votes. The real wild card is whether Republican voters en masse actually agree with me, and… I suspect they do. Will Earl Nelson say he supports Cliven Bundy? Because I support Cliven Bundy. Will Eli Rivera say he supports disarming the police? Because I support disarming the police.
I look forward to seeing what the voters of Cheshire County have to say. Where do they stand? Do they stand with freedom, or with backroom deals to maintain the status quo?