Political organization

DeLemus revives political organization after his release from prison

A popular conservative leader who served five years in federal prison is reviving his political organization on the Seacoast.Jerry DeLemus is bringing back his Rochester 9/12 project, hoping to reestablish it as a must-stop on the campaign trail for the right – leaning candidates, as in the days of the Tea Party. Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Don Bolduc attended Monday night’s meeting. “Both sides of the aisle. It wasn’t just the Democrats, it was the Republicans too. My hope is, at least in New Hampshire, to be able to clean up some of that and help find some good candidates “DeLemus spent five years in prison for his role in Bundy Ranch’s 2014 standoff with the Nevada federal government. He was released in November. Although his policy never changed, he said that his perspective had changed. “We don’t need to lock down our whole society,” he said. “There are people who need to be locked down – absolutely there are – but what we we have to do is put people in positions – judges, prosecutors – who will actually seek justice.” In prison, DeLemus focused on Christian ministry and became increasingly frustrated with the divisions he saw deepening outside the prison walls. “Just the vitriol in the media, within the parties and just with the are neighbours. It has to stop,” he said. “We will not exist. We are divided. We will fall. We need to come together.” Restoring that unity might be beyond the capacity of today’s politics, but DeLemus said he believes the process begins with a check on the candidates’ character and patriotism.” I want them to love this country,” he said. “We can have different opinions, and I’ve always said that. We can have differences of opinion, we can respect each other, but we have to have integrity.”

A popular conservative leader who spent five years in federal prison relaunches his political organization on the Seacoast.

Jerry DeLemus is bringing his 9/12 project back to Rochester, hoping to reestablish it as an unmissable campaign stop for right-wing candidates, as it was in the days of the Tea Party.

Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Don Bolduc attended Monday night’s meeting.

“I watched our politics disappear for quite a while,” DeLemus said. “Both sides of the aisle. It wasn’t just the Democrats, it was the Republicans too. My hope is, at least in New Hampshire, to be able to clean up some of that and help find some good candidates in the office.”

DeLemus spent five years in prison for his role in Bundy Ranch’s 2014 standoff with the Nevada federal government. He was released in November.

Although his policy never changed, he said his views have changed.

“We don’t need to lock down our whole society,” he said. “There are people who need to be locked up – absolutely there are – but what we need to do is put people in positions – judges, prosecutors – who will actually seek justice.”

In prison, DeLemus focused on Christian ministry and became increasingly frustrated with the divisions he saw deepening outside prison walls.

“Just the vitriol in the media, within the parties and just with the neighbours. It has to stop,” he said. “We will not exist. We are divided. We will fall. We must come together.”

Regaining that unity might be beyond the ability of politics today, but DeLemus said he believes the process begins with a selection of candidates for character and patriotism.

“I want them to love this country,” he said. “We can have different opinions, and I’ve always said that. We can have differences of opinion, we can respect each other, but we have to have integrity.”