Although President Bush criticized the "vigilantes" on the border, other politicians, such as then-California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Texas Governor Rick Perry, rushed to embrace Simcox.

He became a Fox News regular and hundreds of thousands of dollars began flowing in.

That's when Alan Keyes got into the picture.

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Right-wing power clique: Simcox (second from left), circa 2007, with former Arizona legislator Russell Pearce, Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas, and Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Right-wing power clique: Simcox (second from left), circa 2007, with former Arizona legislator Russell Pearce, Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas, and Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

By 2006, the Washington Times, formerly a supporter of Simcox's, ran a series of articles explaining how the MCDC had transformed into "a project of the Declaration Alliance," which the newspaper described as "part of an intricate weave of conservative organizations founded and chaired by Mr. Keyes or tied to longtime Keyes associates working with [the] MCDC."

Keyes told the Times that "his 'Declaration organizations' had become involved with [the] MCDC in 2005." He denounced those critical of the arrangement as "racists" and "unsavory fringe elements."

But increasingly, MCDC members were the ones objecting, complaining about how money was not getting directed to material and food for volunteers.

The Times noted that 97 percent of $300,000 in donations to an MCDC political action committee went for "operating expenses" provided by vendors associated with Declaration Alliance.

A scheme to build an "Israeli-style fence" on a border rancher's property blew up in Simcox's face when a Fountain Hills man sued the MCDC for $1.2 million, claiming that $100,000 he borrowed on his home to contribute to Simcox's fence project had not gone to build the fortress-like barrier but to put up a cattle barricade instead.

Rebellion in the ranks became commonplace, and Simcox retaliated with excommunications.

Phoenix minuteman Stacey O'Connell formed his own group, Patriots Border Alliance, and joined the chorus of those demanding an independent audit of the MCDC.

Simcox's fence became a joke, even to right-wingers. Fellow border vigilante Glenn Spencer of American Border Patrol scoffed online about the fence: "It wouldn't stop a tricycle."

Carmen Mercer, who had taken over the MCDC in 2009, soon became embroiled in her own scandal, when Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard named her in a lawsuit over a real estate fraud scam.

Mercer claimed she'd been duped by an acquaintance. Her name ultimately was dropped from the suit, but the PR damage was done. In March 2010, the MCDC announced its dissolution.

Simcox's Senate campaign was a bust almost from the start. Though he claimed he would not abandon the race, Simcox never inched past "undecided" in opinion polls. By the time he dropped out and endorsed Hayworth, he had raised only $110,898.

The May 2009 Arivaca killings didn't help. A botched home invasion in the small town near the border claimed the lives of 9-year-old Brisenia Flores and her father, Raul. The leader of this bloody robbery gone bad was Shawna Forde of Minuteman American Defense, or MAD.

Forde was arrested outside Spencer's ranch, and she and two others were charged with the murders. Forde now sits on Arizona's death row.

When it was learned that Forde was involved in the Arivaca slayings, the minuteman movement went into a tailspin, as Forde had ties to almost every major player, including Simcox.

In David Neiwert's definitive book on the killings, And Hell Followed with Her, Forde is identified as part of Simcox's entourage and as someone whom Simcox had considered for a leadership position in the MCDC's Washington-state branch.

It wasn't the only notorious Simcox connection. He is pictured with late neo-Nazi J.T. Ready in obscure footage showing them somewhere near the border, Ready strangely in a suit and tie and carrying an AR-15 rifle.

On May 2, 2012, Ready went on a killing spree, murdering his girlfriend, her daughter, her daughter's baby daughter, and her daughter's boyfriend before turning his gun on himself.

It is almost "the six degrees of Chris Simcox," with the "Little Prince" bridging the gap between dangerous extremists and mainstream politicians.

Simcox has twice honored Sheriff Joe Arpaio by presenting him with awards, and Simcox once participated in a roast of Arpaio in Sun City.

County Attorney Bill Montgomery spoke at an MCDC rally on a ranch near the border.

Former Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo was an enthusiastic Simcox supporter at one time, as was Congressman Steve King of Iowa.

Will Simcox go down as hard as Forde or Ready?

He is innocent until proven guilty, and the prosecutor in his case offered him a plea bargain that had the mother of one of his alleged victims in tears. The deal is pending.

But even if Simcox wins dismissal of the charges or is found not guilty by a jury of his peers, his days as a political force are over. He is yesterday's nativist hero.

Some wonder how Forde and Simcox — who claimed they only wanted U.S. immigration statutes enforced — could wind up on the wrong end of the law themselves.

The best answer so far has come from Bill Straus, regional director of the ADL of Arizona, which has monitored Simcox and other anti-immigration zealots for years.

"That's the essence of vigilantism," Straus told New Times. "Once you begin taking the law into your own hands, you have chosen to make your own laws. When that happens, anything is possible."

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DNichols
DNichols

@Jimigilchrist;

This Great Nation of Immigrants doesn't need Racist Vigilantees Idiots patroling our Borders Period!

This should be the Sole Responsibility of our Government.

No one should be  killed in the Desert by Sick Vigilantee Whacko's. (Example Eloy Arizona.)

Simcox is a Sick Child Molesting Bastard that Molested his own Child Daughter,among other Children.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery should be charged with Shielding this Peice of Child Molesting Trash because they are Border Dating/Patrolling Life Buds!

You Idiots and your Racism/Hate have not only Crashed America Economically since January 2008 and the start of the I.C.E. Deportation/Incarceration Programs, You have caused a resurgence of Racism, and Hatred worse than in the 1960's

Why don't you worthless Idiots find a new hobby, just not Child Molesting?!

To: Good, and Brotherhood, not Racism/Hate.

jimgilchrist
jimgilchrist

This article is one of the more credible pieces of propaganda written by a Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) minion.  The author did a reasonably good job putting this story together, and appears to have a higher-than-normal caliber of journalistic instinct and talent.  However, to rely on information from David Holthouse for some sources of his information puts the veracity of the author's writings at risk.  

Holthouse is a pulp-fiction writer who has seldom written anything truthful or factual about me or the Minuteman Project.  He just plagiarizes what other incompetent journalists (propagandists) have written without serious verification of its content.

Other than including references to poorly skilled journalists like Holthouse, this article ranks as one of the seemingly more objective ones about Simcox's unfortunate alleged past, in my opinion.

Insofar as the minuteman movement's presence, it is very much alive and well, but still needs to rid itself of some of the eccentric, counter productive zealots who still remain within its ranks.  While the actions of people like Simcox and Forde have brought negative publicity to the immigration law enforcement advocacy movement in general, it is but a remote cause for the movement's lack of mojo during the past few years.  

Rabid infighting among immigration activists on my side of the debate is the real source of the movement's slowdown.  My organization has even had to successfully sue members of the movement to prevent them from seizing, exploiting and plundering the movement for their own apparent sinister motives.  The consequences of infighting is that it is difficult to garner serious attention and support from politicians and the electorate because what use to be a debate over an "issue" becomes an ongoing rhetorical donnybrook among persons who used to be cooperative allies.  No one wants to go to a party if they think a hockey game is going to break out.

Jim Gilchrist, President and Founder, The MinutemanProject

-a multiethnic immigration law enforcement advocacy group-


lardosardo
lardosardo

Well now OK that makes a lot of sense dude.


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papahutch2000
papahutch2000

Hardy har har har.  I hope someone asks him what he knows about the murder of rancher Rob Krenz.  It had to have been done by some minute man nutso.  Rob was well-armed. They didn't like each other.  Does anyone still care? i DO

DNichols
DNichols

In the photo of the "Bigot League" Arpaio seems to be the smallest Midget of a Bitch in the group?

Looks like he is pissed off at the World for being a short little Bastard?

And the Woman that Half Minute Man Simcox has his hand on appears to be Far older than the Pre-School girls he likes to date?!

Arizona's G.O.P.sure has some "Real Winners" in our Politics.

robert_graham
robert_graham

Now what would you be saying if it were the Mexican flag instead?

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

Is that Crazy Al Garza on the extreme left (ironic)? The one that split off from Simcox in 2009 to form his own self-styled "patriots" group?

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Hey, I volunteer to stick the needle into that bitch Shawna Forde.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

Why really surprises me (but then again it shouldn't), is that Simcox had ANY support from the GOP and it's "leaders" in AZ.  I actually thought the GOP here was at least smart enough to distance themselves from a guy with a long history of being a real loose cannon and a nutjob.  But then again, they like Pearce and Arpaio.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Chris Simcox is disgusting, vile and atrocious.

I hope Simcox is convicted and he rots in hell for his crimes.

And two of the politicians in that photo have been booted from public service thanks to the people. The MCSO shurf needs to fall from grace the same way twice-disgraced, corrupt, narcissistic and mentally sick Pearce did and the way Candy Andy did....

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Robert, the Italian and Irish flags are similar to the Mexican flag.

You got something to say about Mexicans, Irish and Italians?

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@robert_graham Deport all the folks that claim to be Irish and wear green and wave the Irish Flag on St Patty's Day!  And also deport all the Italians that get awards from Italian groups, like, for example, Joe Arpaio!


Isn't that right Jaffy?

DNichols
DNichols

@Robert Graham:

Is something wrong or illegal with a Mexican Flag?!

Do you have Hate issues with any other Flags of the World?

You are a Bigot.

A Bigot standing up for your "Child Molester " Hero.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

@Robert_Grahamcracker He is a chicken-choking shit talker who loves to pose as  a bad ass with his computer keyboard, but who is in reality an abject coward and hypocrite. I offered repeatedly to take him on a tour of the border south of Bisbee but he never responded. 

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@Robert_Grahamcracker So, Jaffy got deported from AZ?  Maybe his buddy the Joker will serve the warrant on him anyway!

mrh0202201091
mrh0202201091

Many irish fought along side mexicans in the mexican american war...againts the United States..take a good look at ex mexican president fox...

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Truth, I fully believe that if we can find a person who is sane, and we work our asses off to raise money, elevate the person's profile, etc. I think we will have someone who is willing to take on the narcissistic old man and put his ass out to pasture.

mrh0202201091
mrh0202201091

         I have a little irish in me...and proud of it...

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Eric, I think it's because his profile wasn't elevated enough. Plus we really didn't work to get him known to the community.

As I've been saying, let's find a person who is willing to take on the narcissistic old man and work our asses off. We have 3 years before the narcissistic old man is due for a job renewal. Let's use that time to our advantage.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967 Well, we surely could have pulled it off if Paul Penzone had stepped up and run against the shurf. Why he didn't is a mystery to me.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967 Jaffy still has a soft spot for AZ. He still posts his bs. If he has really left the area you'd think he'd latch onto some other demagogue.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Mr. Grahamcracker, if I remember correctly little Robert HATES California. He claims the state is too liberal for him.

Are you sure he lives in Fresno? Personally I would think he'd live in a more politically conservative state like Alabama or Mississippi?

 
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