I wrote the following after voting in the New Mexico Republican primaries on June 3, 2014. I made a choice not to publish it until after the polls had closed and some of the dust had settled.
I haven’t posted much here in the last several months, but that’s about to change. My time and attention has been pulled and stretched in a lot of different directions, but I feel a burden to write now on something that is weighing very heavily on me.
Today is Primary Day here in New Mexico, as it is in so many other states. Anybody who knows anything about me knows that I’ve been passionately promoting David Clements for U.S. Senate for the past seven months, since he first declared his candidacy. In that time, I’ve gotten involved in the political world in ways I’d never considered. I was asked to become a Vice-Director of an amazing group, New Mexico Conservatives For Freedom, with some of the most inspiring local conservatives I’ve ever met. I’ve served as a delegate for the first time ever at the state Republican Pre-Primary Convention. I’ve participated in fund-raisers and rallies and gotten to meet and talk with people I would’ve thought were beyond my reach. I was even given the label of ‘conservative activist’ (two words you don’t normally put together) by a member of the Clements campaign and decided to embrace that. Yes, consider me Randy Lynch, conservative activist. I’m owning that! The point is that I feel so blessed by my experiences over the past seven months.
There’s another point I feel I have to make, though. I have addressed from the beginning why I believe that David Clements is the best possible candidate that we could hope for; that he’s a man of knowledge, principle and conviction. I also addressed, when he entered the race, how Allen Weh was a much less desirable candidate and, as I learned and saw for myself more about who Weh is, I also addressed why I believe that he is simply bad candidate who exhibits poor character and principles that are way too flexible depending on circumstances.
I’ve been asked multiple times what I will do if Allen Weh wins this primary tonight; will I support him against Democrat and incumbent, Tom Udall. Sometimes it’s been asked by people who honestly want to know, but more often, it’s been by those with a pro-Weh agenda who want to paint me as the kind of person who, when I don’t get my way, tries to ‘burn the Party to the ground’. Putting aside those childish and over-simplified accusations, here’s my answer, covering every aspect I can think of that applies.
First, regarding the kind of support I’ve given the Clements campaign: No, I will not come out and tell people what a great guy Allen Weh is. I couldn’t even say that he’d good for New Mexico or the nation. Understand that what I’ve said and written about both Clements and Weh was not just campaign rhetoric to be discarded and forgotten after the election. I don’t function that way and I really don’t understand those who do. Many have said very nasty things about Clements, then, in the same breath, say how, if David gets the nomination, they’ll get fully behind him. To me, that smacks of an incredibly arrogant level of hypocrisy. The kind of man that I’ve said that Weh is; that’s the kind of man he is. I didn’t talk about his embarrassing run against Susana Martinez in 2010 or his lukewarm positions on issues like Obamacare or his cowardice in directly engaging his primary opponent on the issues or the fact the he and his people have tried to limit the public’s ability to hear what he has to say to certain groups because I was looking to present Allen Weh in a worse light than David Clements. While that was a factor, the main reason I talked about all of that and more is because it’s true. An electoral victory doesn’t magically change any of that. It doesn’t mean that he’s suddenly the best choice for the job. Truthfully, he’s just the candidate who got the most votes.
I can’t in good conscience start promoting Allen Weh as a good man or even as a good candidate. It would be inconsistent and hypocritical of me to do so. I can talk about how horrible a senator Tom Udall has been and all that he’s done to help limit our liberty, steal our land and destroy our healthcare system. It’s true that I want Udall out of office because of the damage he’s caused and the damage he still has the potential to cause in the future. It’s also true that there have been many occasions where I’ve cast my vote for candidates while figuratively holding my nose. After all, I voted for Mitt Romney in the last presidential election and I have even said that I’d probably even vote for Chris Christie should he get the Republican nomination in 2016, God forbid, especially if he’s running against Hillary. I have always maintained that the worst and/or most liberal Republican is normally still a better choice than the best and/or most conservative Democrat. It’s just the reality of modern politics that has seen me vote for the lesser of two evils a lot of times. With David Clements, I haven’t had to worry about being stuck in that awful position. If he wins tonight, I can easily give my whole hearted support, time and energy to his campaign and, of course, gladly give him my vote in November. However, if Allen Weh wins the primary tonight, I’m not even sure how I’ll vote in November, as I don’t know that he would even qualify as the lesser evil, compared to Udall. What I do know is that I would not be supporting Weh’s campaign on any level except to point out the shortcomings of Tom Udall. I focus on the truth and the truth is something that will never be a beneficial ally of someone like Allen Weh.
Of course, that night, Allen Weh did win the primary election, but it was not an easy victory for him. In the course of a few months (he entered the race well after Clements did), Weh spent $372,622 while Clements only spent $43,967 and yet Weh got 41,455 votes to David’s 24,390. The media is portraying it as an easy victory, but that is the last thing it was. Weh spent months running scared, doing everything in his power to avoid direct interaction and comparison with Clements, including canceling two scheduled debates. His campaign also engaged in attacks and accusations against Clements that were very reminiscent of his 2010 gubernatorial run against Susana Martinez. There was nothing easily won about this primary.