Tea Party leader and former state Republican Party chairman Jack Kimball says personal issues are keeping him from joining fellow Granite Staters and scores more at the Nevada standoff between cattle rancher Cliven Bundy and the federal Bureau of Land Management.
But Kimball said Monday he has heard from his friend and fellow New Hampshire 9/12 movement activist Jerry DeLemus of Rochester that, in Kimball’s words, “This is not over.”
Kimball said in an interview that he was “concerned” by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s recent comments that those who are supporting Bundy’s standoff with the BLM are “domestic terrorists.”
For now, Kimball said, he is attempting to recruit supporters to travel to Nevada or to “send supplies.”
He said there are four Granite Staters in the group, including DeLemus and his son. Also in the group is Granite Stater Jack Commerford, who, like DeLemus, has been quoted widely in national reports from the scene.
In an Associated Press report on Saturday, Reid called Bundy supporters “domestic terrorists” and said a federal task force was being formed.
In the same report, DeLemus was quoted as saying, “If someone points a gun at me, I’ll definitely point my gun back.”
Kimball told the New Hampshire Journal, “I think this is a seminal moment, and I don’t think it will end well.”