Chairman Joel Hansen wrote this in response to an email asking him to withdraw from the Attorney General's race. That email is set forth at the end of Joel's response:
On Oct 1, 2018, at 11:26 AM, Hansen Joel F. wrote:
Thank you for your thoughtful email, but I need to explain some things to you. Many voters are sick of both the Republican and Democrat parties. You will recall that the establishment (swamp) republicans, even the likes of Mitt Romney, bitterly opposed Donald Trump for president. They hated him and have attempted to block many of his legislative and other initiatives. This is because the Republican Party is no longer a conservative party. It has been controlled for decades from the top by the liberals like John McCain, who was, as you will recall, the one who cast the deciding vote to stop the repeal of Obamacare. We have formed the Independent American Party because it is the only party that really believes that America, and the Federal Government, should actually follow the Constitution. Your party has spawned moderates and liberals too many to recall, but think of Nelson Rockefeller, both of the Bushes, Richard Nixon, and many of their ilk still in our government.
I met with Wes Duncan long ago and he asked me not to run as he thought I would draw votes away from him. I responded by asking him not to run so as to not draw votes away from me. He refused. I have just as much right to run as he has. The IAP is a real political party, and as much as you Republicans look down your noses at us, we are here to stay, as long as the Republican party keeps on being a center/left party, like it is.
I have listened to Wes Duncan speak at meet the candidates night. About the only issue he talks about is law and order. Of course, we all want that, but he ignores the other issues that I and my party are interested in—like Constitutional government, protecting the unborn, stopping the claimed transgenders from showering in the shower rooms of the opposite sex, the 2d amendment, stopping illegal immigration, stopping the huge tax increase contemplated by question 3, and so on. He’s not interested in those issues, apparently, but I am. The Republican party has brought this on themselves, because they refuse to be a party of conservative, Constitutional principles, and instead have adopted the “big tent” approach. I’m sorry for you, but that is why you are losing votes.
Besides that, in my experience, we draw about as many votes from the democrats as we do from the Republicans. The average democratic voter, the working man who likes his beer, his football games, and his guns, doesn’t like the far left agenda of the democrats, but since their families have been democrats for generations, they can’t even hold their noses and vote republican. So we are their choice.
I suggest that you contact Wes Duncan and ask him to drop out of the race, and let me run against that left wing liberal Ford. Wes being in the race takes votes away from me, but if he weren’t in the race, I could probably beat Ford. I have more experience than both of the other candidates combined, so I am the most qualified person in the race. If you want the most experienced, qualified candidate to win, I would appreciate it if you would throw your support to me.
Thanks you for your concern. We both love our country. And we both think America is a great nation. I just don’t believe that the Republican party is the best way to preserve it. I don’t think it is dedicated to the idea that the Federal government ought to follow the Constitution. I think it is dedicated to staying in power. So I must respectfully decline your request. Like I said, if you are really interested in preserving our liberty and our nation, you should join with us in the Independent American party, because as our name states, we want America to be Independent. And we like being Independent Americans.
Very sincerely yours,
Joel F. Hansen
Sent: Sunday, September 30, 2018 1:26 PM
To: Hansen Joel F.
Subject: Please withdraw from AG race ...
Dear Mr. Hanson, my good Sir,
Please, I'm begging and I implore you to ensure your name is not on the ballot for AG in November.
You have a 0 - ZERO chance of winning. The ONLY thing that could happen is independent minded voters might vote for you rather than Wes Duncan and cause Aaron Ford to win. Surely, you must agree AF winning would be a disaster for our beloved state and country.
Wes Duncan is a great man. Using a military anology, he is the type of leader that ALL the troops would die for and hope he would become General or Admiral. He's that type of guy. He is in the mold of George Washington and Abe Lincoln.
Rarely, in the history of our great nation do we have such a great man willing to serve in public office and it would be a travesty if he did not win.
Because of this mounting blue wave and anti-Trump sentiment, the race is very close. The votes that might go to you rather than Duncan might be just enough to cause AF to win!
Please please please .... I'm begging you for the love of our country to withdraw from the race.
I am writing this completely on my own accord. Mr. Duncan has no knowledge of this email.
Please call me if any questions. Thank you,
Sincerely, with hopes and dreams for our great nation,
Jesse "Jake" Holder
former Navy LCDR
with Degrees in Bus and Poli Sci
Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android
Comment from Mark Andrews, former State Chairman of the IAP
Why does the letter writer go by Jake Wilson at the top,
And Jake Holder at the bottom?