If you were to take the biography that Chris Simcox has on his Senatorial campaign site, one would think Chris Simcox is the answer to everything. The problem is the biography on the Simcox site is full of hyperbole and a tremendous amount of selective amnesia.
Chris Simcox is NOT a Republican. He is running for the GOP nomination for the United States Senate, but has never, ever been identified or considered himself a Republican. In fact, if his actions in the past have any bearing on his future, his personal lifestyle is more in line with the Kennedys. No, take that back. While at least one Kennedy scion has been accused of sexual assault, there do not appear to be any accusations of child molestation in the family.
MESSY PERSONAL LIFE
Perhaps it is a cheap shot, but one of the glaring, stellar, perfect examples of the Chris Simcox “conservative” lifestyle is his devotion to his (extremely wealthy) wife, Alena and their three small children. There is no mention of the two previous Simcox marriages, and his other children. This perfect bastion of conservative family values allegedly cashed in his son’s college fund so he could form the Minutemen. (Other stories say Simcox emptied out his retirement fund).
Simcox had a daughter with his first wife, Deborah Crews. According to court papers, one night, while drunk, Simcox allegedly attempted to molest his daughter, who fled to a neighbor, crying for help. While charges were initially filed, Crews never went any farther with the case, though she and her daughter have no contact at all with Simcox. In an interview with the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2005: “He's a drastic, chaotic, very dangerous guy," said Crews. "I'm surprised he hasn't shot anybody yet. I see him on TV and I have to turn if off, because it makes me sick to see him getting all this attention."
Because of his extreme anti-immigration stand, Simcox has repeatedly been accused of being a racist. The perfect way to deflect the constant charges is for Simcox to mention the fact that one of his ex-wives was African-American. Simcox also doesn’t mention the fact that the second ex-wife, Kim Dunbar, does not allow Simcox to be anywhere near their son. In sworn testimony Dunbar admits that Simcox has an explosive rage problem, where he would break furniture, car windows and threaten to commit suicide. One time Simcox, that paragon of conservative virtue hit his four year old son so hard that a mark remained on the child’s face for several days. Enraged, Simcox was throwing furniture at his terrified wife, who gathered the child in her arms and escaped through a window.
Dunbar thinks Simcox had some sort of a breakdown following 9/11. No longer living with his ex-wife and son, Simcox left a series of bazaar and threatening messages on Dunbar’s answering machine. These messages were submitted to the court in order for Dunbar to insure Simcox was denied access to their son, who was by that time, a teenager. Until that time, the couple shared custody of their son.
In one of the taped messages, Simcox threatened: “You better stop playing baseball, buddy, and you better do something real, 'cause life will never be the same," Simcox thundered. "I'm going to go down to the Mexican border and sign up for the government for border patrol to protect the borders of the country that I love. You hear how serious I am."
THE TOMBSTONE TUMBLEWEED
At this point it should be noted that I have been trying, for the past 3 years, to get just one more confirmation on certain explosive information I have concerning Chris Simcox and the time he spent at the Tombstone Tumbleweed. Not long after 9/11 (according to my sources) Chris Simcox showed up in Tombstone in rather dire financial shape. He pitched a tent in the little campground behind the OK Café. For a while he worked at odd jobs, washing dishes, this sort of thing, still living in the tent. By Thanksgiving, my source noticed that he was at Carmen Mercer’s side, serving Thanksgiving dinner for the local community.
A German immigrant who divorced her GI husband, Carmen has owned the “famous” OK Café for years. Tall, stunning, and blond, Mercer does not like illegal immigrants. My source was unable to confirm if that dislike of illegal Hispanic immigrants occurred after she and Chris Simcox became “an item”, but assumes that is the case. My source told me that sometime between that Thanksgiving and Christmas, Carmen Mercer and Chris Simcox became an “item”. I was told Carmen fell hard and fast for Simcox, who was obviously (allegedly) using her.
Not long after Christmas, Simcox returned to LA, where he somehow managed to scrape up the money to invest in the Tombstone Tumbleweed. This where I make a brief cameo in the Chris Simcox story. Simcox and his newspaper were very helpful with a project I was involved in, literally ‘giving us a break’. He appeared to be interested in what we were doing, and to his credit provided excellent and honest coverage for us.
Around the same time my project came into fruition, Simcox began to write about the “border” problems and the problems with illegal immigration. Because he had treated my project fairly, I took note of his involvement in the early part of the Minuteman “movement”.
Fast-forward to the point where Chris Simcox finally achieved fame and fortune and needed to dump the Tumbleweed. His brother started running it when he started gallivanting around the country preaching closed borders and running around looking rather strange in his Kevlar vest.
Chris put the Tumbleweed up for sale, but there were no takers. Perhaps it was because of all the baggage the wannabe senator had accumulated in Tombstone. I know of at least one business which lost quite a bit of money when the Tumbleweed shut down production and closed its doors. According to the gossip in Tombstone, which is known for its gossip, Simcox owned quite bit of money to a lot of people.
It all makes sense when you start getting into the scandal that has become the Minutemen.
The allegations of fraud coming out of Tombstone and the closure of the Tumbleweed would be nothing more than a very inconvenient asterisk for Chris Simcox if it weren’t for the inconvenient finances involving Simcox, Alan Keyes, and the Minuteman border fence. It is a tale of a PAC with a habit of backing losers. Then there is American Caging that handles the finances of not only the Minutemen but Allan Keyes Declaration Foundation, Declaration Alliance, and the Declaration Alliance PAC. We take a detour into Response Unlimited, Diener Consulting, and RightMarch.com.
The much heralded Minuteman Border Fence has proven that there are times when the private sector can rival the Federal government when it comes to graft, cost over-runs, and over-blown delusions of grandeur. That is another story for another time. If Simcox persists in his ill-advised venture to unseat one of the great American heroes, it is entirely possible he will be unable to stand up under the scrutiny, and may go the way of another politician nick-named “Blago”.
There is an irony here. Chris Simcox is a self-made man. He has remade himself several times, from failed actor, to an elementary school teacher his colleagues considered arrogant and unbending. He shows up, out of the blue, in Tombstone allegedly after having a breakdown following the events of 9/11, with delusions of being the next William Randolph Hearst.
In 2003 he was arrested by federal park rangers for illegally carrying a handgun in a national park.
Why he was carrying a toy action figure of Wyatt Earp, no one knows. Then again, Simcox claims to be yet another of the unending list of Wyatt Earp junkies who consider Tombstone the "mecca" of the Wild West. But in Tombstone, life goes on, the scandal of Chris Simcox being supplanted by more immediate needs.
Simcox moved on to greener pastures, turning himself into a “national” figure, remarried, has a new family, and actually thinks the people of Arizona will fall for yet another Chris Simcox incarnation. Maybe they will, but they had best take care to delve into his past.
Perhaps someone in Arizona will be offended because Chris Simcox has decided to run against John McCain, not as a Republican, but as a "conservative". Nowhere on his campaign web site can the word "Republican" be found.
The only person in Tombstone, who truly seems to miss Simcox is Carmen Mercer, who is the VP of the Minutemen.