Assembly district candidate gets Minuteman leader’s endorsement
October 10, 2007
GRASS VALLEY ” A co-founder of a controversial anti-illegal immigrant group recently endorsed Dan Logue for the 3rd District Assembly seat and has organized two fundraising events for the Yuba County supervisor next month.
Logue is running against Sue Horne, a Nevada County Supervisor. The two self-styled conservative Republicans are vying for Rick Keene’s seat. Keene, of Chico, is terming out.
The sprawling 3rd district covers Truckee, Portola, Loyalton, Quincy, Susanville, Nevada City, Grass Valley, Colfax, Chico, Paradise, Oroville, Marysville, Gridley and Wheatland.
“I am proud to stand with Dan Logue for his Assembly race in the 3rd District,” Minuteman Civil Defense Corps president Chris Simcox said in a statement earlier this month.
Horne’s campaign recently announced that three GOP Plumas County supervisors ” Sherrie Thrall, Rose Comstock and Ole Olsen ” are supporting her candidacy.
The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, based in Scottsdale, Ariz., advocates for securing borders against people crossing the nation’s southern border illegally, and have called for stepped-up law enforcement.
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Members patrol the Mexican border, reporting their sightings of possibly illegal immigrants to authorities. Critics accuse the group of singling out Latinos who may be legal residents of the region.
“We’re an organization that does not take the law into its own hands,” Simcox told the Associated Press after critics protested the appointment of a member to a parks board in Kansas City. “We’re (on the border) to support law enforcement, to observe and report.”
To Logue, Simcox’s group is vital in shedding a light on the country’s illegal immigrant problem, and not focused on race.
“They basically broke away from the political correctness,” Logue said Tuesday. “I see Mr. Simcox as a trendsetter. … I’m honored to have his support. I definitely stand for wanting to secure the borders and putting up a fence.”
Illegal immigration costs the United States $12 billion in health care costs, crime and emergency room expenses, Logue said. But a study by an independent center, the California Institute for Rural Studies in Davis, suggests illegal workers in the state pay out more in taxes than they receive in services.
Logue recently won the support of a Nevada County conservative group, state Sen. Sam Aanestad of Grass Valley and Keene.