With ten months left until the 2018 mid-term elections, all eyes are on the potential candidates, the campaigns, and of course the voters. It is my intention to follow closely some of the key races and contenders from both sides of the aisle as those ten long/short months’ progress. In the past week, two potential candidates have come onto my radar, and while it is a bit too early to speculate, I can only say that if either of these people win the GOP primary in their state, it will send a loud signal about what republicans want. Let us look at the first of the two:
Jan Morgan, 54, will be running for governor of Arkansas in November, against incumbent Asa Hutchinson. I will let her tell you a bit about her platform in a moment, but first let me tell you a bit about Ms. Morgan. She is a businesswoman, owner of a gun range in Hot Springs, Arkansas, called The Gun Cave. She made headlines in 2014 when she announced she would not allow Muslims at her gun range: “Why would I want to rent or sell a gun and hand ammunition to someone who aligns himself with a religion that commands him to kill me or other innocent people simply because we refuse to submit to Islamic authority.”
If that wasn’t enough to set your teeth on edge, remember Sebastian Gorka who served as a ‘deputy assistant’ to Trump until August 2017? He left the White House under mysterious circumstances, but a good guess is his membership in a Nazi-allied group in Hungary led to his ouster. Well, in September, Ms. Morgan tweeted a picture of herself with Gorka and the caption, “Would walk a mile barefoot on a road paved with broken glass to meet my hero, @SebGorka !”
Let’s hear from Morgan herself …
“I’m Jan Morgan, a born again Christian, a genetically conservative wife, mother, small business owner, certified firearms instructor and yes, like our Vice President of the United States, I ride a Harley!” What the Sam Heck is “genetically conservative”??? Firearms instructor should certainly be requisite for a governorship. Pence on a Harley … who knew?
“We must ensure we have the resources to protect the public. This means prioritizing funding for our prisons, courts, and law enforcement over welfare programs and non-essential functions of government.” Filosofa’s translation: The poor are non-essential.
“That giant sucking sound you hear is Texas, Tennessee and Florida sucking our jobs, companies, college graduates, and affluent citizens out of our state.” She doesn’t want the poor, but let’s not lose those ‘affluent citizens’.
“Rino alert : when your “Republican” Governor stands with Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and anti gun radical group “Moms Demand Action” to support Expanded Background Checks ..” Wait … A group of moms who want to make the world a safer place for their children are a “anti-gun radical group”? So, does that mean that Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) are also radicals? Someone want to explain the term ‘radical’ to this woman?
But Morgan’s signature issue is guns and gun ‘rights’. In the wake of the Orlando mass shooting in June 2016 and surging gun sales, she said …
“Well of course they’re on the rise, they’re going to continue to be on the rise until we do something about ISIS in this country. People are afraid, they do not trust this administration [President Obama’s] to protect them, and who blames them? What kind of government is more concerned about appeasing Islamic terrorists than they are protecting the constitutional rights of the American citizen? The largest group of people buying guns right now in America is women. Women are buying guns; I’ve trained over 8,000 people across the United States over the past year as a state police certified firearms instructor and a majority of those people taking those classes are women. And interestingly enough, they’re also seeking concealed handgun permits.”
In the primaries, Morgan will face incumbent Asa Hutchinson, who won the gubernatorial election in November 2014 by 14 percentage points. In a recent poll, Hutchinson was ranked third among the ten most popular governors in the nation. Now, historically it is rare for an incumbent governor to be defeated in his party’s primary, especially one as popular as Hutchinson. But these are strange times, with Trump having opened the door to all manners of chaos and making the unacceptable suddenly acceptable. Remember Alabama candidate Roy Moore, the pedophile, who came very close to winning a U.S. Senate seat? Political commentator and host of Meet the Press, Chuck Todd, sums it up …
“Another example where the more outrageous, the more serious the candidacy becomes? What will this headline and ones like it look like to America in 2068?”
Again, I would have laughed off a candidate as unlikely as Ms. Morgan four years ago, or even last year, but if a semi-literate sexual abuser can win the Oval Office, and a pedophile nearly win a seat in the Senate, then why not a gun-totin’, hog-ridin’ woman in the governor’s mansion?
Up next … anti-Semitic congressional candidate, Paul Nehlen. Stay tuned, folks …