Georgia GOP Senate candidate travels to Bundy ranch


WASHINGTON, May 3, 2014- With a little over two weeks to go before Georgia’s Republican Senate primary, the seven candidates vying for retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss’ seat are canvassing the Peach State at a frantic pace in an attempt to shake as many hands as possible before voters head to the polls.

One contender, however, is now thousands of miles away, sacrificing one of the precious few weekends that remain to pay tribute to a protest on the other side of the country.

Senate candidate Derrick Grayson, a network engineer and avid YouTube pundit, slipped away Saturday evening to board a plane bound for Las Vegas amid a heated primary fight for the GOP’s nomination. Accompanied by his campaign manager and director of operations, Grayson then drove from Sin City to rural Clark County, Nevada, where a highly publicized legal showdown continues to unfold between rancher Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

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The decades-long dispute came to a head last month when federal officials attempted to seize Bundy’s cattle off of what they claimed was federally-owned land. Countering that the land in question belongs to the state of Nevada, Bundy refused to surrender his livestock and was soon joined by dozens of armed supporters, all of whom escalated the situation until the BLM chose to back off temporarily.

Bundy drew intense and widespread criticism when snippets of seemingly racist comments he had made appeared in the New York Times shortly afterwards.

Many protesters remain on Bundy’s ranch, sleeping in tents and banding together against what they see as government overreach. One such devotee, Jason Patrick, has played a major supporting role in Grayson’s campaign thus far. Grayson et al joined Patrick this weekend to survey the scene and show their enthusiasm for Bundy’s populist struggle.

Grayson’s quiet and quick sojourn to Nevada demonstrates his commitment to the anti-government vision he preaches. Despite the fact that Bundy’s claim to grazing rights is legally shaky at best, Grayson has remained one of the rancher’s few outspoken allies.

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“Time to put my words into actions,” Grayson wrote on the campaign’s Facebook page of his decision to travel to the Silver State. “I don’t run from the fight for the people of our nation.”

Besides meeting with Patrick, who has been living among the band of Bundy supporters for the past two weeks, Grayson will speak to the protestors about government authority, media bias, and racism—issues that have characterized the nearly month-long standoff and accompanying national news coverage.

Although Grayson announced last week that he would only head to the ranch once the May 20th primary had passed, his team soon decided that the lessons of the Bundy-BLM imbroglio were too important to remain in his periphery. Still, a campaign representative insisted that Grayson was not attending the ranch in a campaign capacity, and that the candidate simply wanted to express his support for the cause in person. He will return to Georgia on Sunday.


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  • William Fuzi

    Lets just get one thing straight the people who escalated the situation, were a group of US Army Special operators, wearing ranger badges, with weapons, and dogs mistreating American citizens. There is a reason our forefathers made it illegal to use paramilitary troops to police inside Americas borders. If the government refuses to live within the boundaries set in the Constitution, that’s when it’s time for the citizens to shove them back in their box.

    • I think most people who have been following this story know that it was not the Bundy’s or their supporters that escalated any ot this.

  • Redrider07

    I still have a hard time believing that a parky needs a gun to empty the garbage. Also why did the government authorize $10 mil to collect a $1 mil. debt. I don’t know how much of the $10 mil they used, but rumor has it that $1 mil went to the Government hired rustlers.

  • CallMeHoss

    “-Still, a campaign representative insisted that Grayson was not attending the ranch in a campaign capacity:

    BS If that were the case he wouldn’t be holding a press conference AS a senate candidate.

    • itiswhatitis

      Just wait until you see what that press conference consists of…

      • CallMeHoss

        “Accompanied by his campaign manager and director of operations”
        I personally look forward to TMOT’s next round of FEC disclosure reports
        to see if a single penny from this trip appears as a campaign expense.

  • Carl Garver

    3 points, the NY times version of what cliven said has been totally debunked, he made no racial remark! 2. This is not about Bundys cows, this is about our constitution and he stands on solid ground for anyone who cares about the constitution, not to mention underlying all this is Harry Reid and his illegal land deals that include the Bundy ranch! 3. Its about time that someone from the conservative side who claim they want less government and believe that government is out of control shows up to support the Bundys and “we the people”. This is the spark that Americans were waiting for to start and take our country back. Its about as grass roots as you get! I applaud Mr Grayson for his stand! I’m wondering where Rand Paul, Ted Cruz,, Allen West, Ben Carsen, Sarah Palin and a few others. You guys are blowing it! I know I no longer know who I’m voting for, because talk is cheap, what do you really stand for? We will see!

  • Mikeguru

    Bundy is a Tax/fee avoidance Deadbeat. He needs to either pay his $1 million, or be arrested and taken to jail.
    The folks who badmouth the Government more likely than not have never served our country or had their kids or grandkids serve the country in the Armed Forces. It takes money to do that and the $1.35 a head grazing fee pays for the tanks, ships, and planes that protect Bundy’s butt.
    Bundy has duped the gun toting phony Militia along with Faux News into thinking this guy is some sort of hero.
    He’s no Hero, he is a Deadbeat.

    • xXrefuseRESISTXx

      Why should he pay fees for rights he already owns? Do you pay a fee for your right to be stupid? Libtards will never own real property because they largely aren’t employable, its frustrating to try to explain to them that surface rights are seperable from land.

      • Angry Grandma

        He does NOT own the land, which is why he has to pay a grazing fee.

    • ClemXII

      The agreement is with the state. Nevada’s land is Nevada’s, a requirement in joining the union was a guarantee of their land back. All states got this. Why is the west the only area where the feds grab on and take over? Oh, did we forget about the nuclear testing done in the hundreds? I guess you did, moron. Oh, did we forget about 30 years ago native land being taken even though the natives did not accept the money, and the land destroyed?

      Did you forget the constitution only allows specific purposes for federal use of land, which is limited to housing armaments,strategic bases ect.. where are all these things? Huh? Where does the constitution allow the federal government own 80% of a states land?

      Where does the constitution allow a non-approved agency to magically come to existence, tell Bundy that instead of paying his grazing fee’s to clark county as he always has, that he now has to pay the BLM? WHERE, CAN YOU ANSWER THAT?

      All of the ranchers in his area have been bought out and succumbed to BLM pressure. Would you PAY A ROBBER TO ROB YOU, FOOL? Would you?

      BLM was supposed to be there to help ranchers, help improve the quality. Instead, they use the ranchers money to GET RID OF THEM.

      So ignorant, so lazy. Can’t even spend 30 minutes to research facts and make a correct assertion. Disgusting.

    • Phil Asophical

      so someone who collects money from the govt like in welfare etc is a deadbeat they should just consider it a farm subsidy and let him keep iut but the problem is Harry Reid. This guys cattle feed people they keep running them off your food will cost 3x as much

      Libtards are ok with people getting welfare or a handout, but this guy getting a handout they have a problem with. good grief you are pathetic.

      • nvrbl

        The allotment program already is a subsidy. Federal grazing fees are one tenth of what they are for private, state, or county grazing.

    • Luke

      I beg to differ with you about ones service, and their feelings about current Government, and the issue goes allot further than grazing fees. Maybe you should stop listening to CNN CNBC and the like. They don’t report news, just propaganda.

    • Hired Gun

      “The folks who badmouth the Government more likely than not have never
      served our country or had their kids or grandkids serve the country in
      the Armed Forces.” – Mikeguru
      Ummm, Mr. Mike… apparently you don’t know us very well. 4 years U.S. Army. 26 months of that in Panama. Our government now blatantly violates the Constitution I took an oath to defend from all enemies, both foreign and domestic.
      Have a good day, Sir.

  • breid1903

    the reason the national pols and media darlings aren’t at the ranch is, ta da we will vote for the republicans no matter what. sorry just what it is. kinda like the blacks the dems. b

  • diplome

    Derrick Grayson is a “candidate” in the same way Orly Taitz was a “candidate”. He has NO chance of winning (polling at 5% or below) and this is just a publicity stunt.

    • CallMeHoss

      With even Senator Dean Heller (R-Nevada) now saying Bundy should pay the BLM and prominent Republicans like Sen. Rand Paul now backing away from Bundy this amounts to political suicide by Grayson . But then again it’s not like he’s the sharpest crayon in the box. Ever listen to his youtube rants?

  • brigitgoddess1

    Good gawd–what a publicity stunt. Does anyone think it is anything else?

    • CallMeHoss

      A publicity stunt that may well land him in trouble with the Federal Election Commission
      Time Will Tell. .

  • chsan

    Go Grayson, and God Bless Clive Bundy and his family.

  • SeparatationofChurchandState

    Grayson is not taken seriously as a candidate in Georgia. He probably thinks this publicity stunt will win him favor with a big conservative donor.