Former sheriff of Graham County, Arizona, Richard Mack, will be a featured speaker at the Spring 2011 Constitution Party national meeting in Pennsylvania. In a statement by Mack reproduced at the Constitution Party discussion forum, Mack argues that “the greatest threat we face today is not terrorists; it is our own federal government.” From the CP forum:
I’m Richard Mack, former sheriff of Graham County, Arizona, and long-time crusader for freedom and individual rights. Right now, it is vital that we restore the Constitution as the supreme law of the land. The greatest threat we face today is not terrorists; it is our own federal government. If America is conquered or ruined it will be from within, not a foreign enemy.
In 1994 I filed a lawsuit challenging the Brady bill to stop the federal government from forcing another unfunded mandate down our throats. I won a decision at the US Supreme Court on the issue of States’ rights. This suit catapulted me to national attention, with television appearances on the Donahue Show, Good Morning America, Crossfire, Nightline, CNBC, and SHOWTIME’S the AMERICAN CANDIDATE. I’ve been on over 500 radio talk shows nationwide, ranging from G. Gordon Liddy and Charles Goyette to Derry Brownfield and Pat Buchanan. I have traveled the country extensively and I’ve seen first hand the horrible side effects from politicians who have replaced our Constitution with their own political agendas and party platforms.
Reportedly, Mack endorsed a number of Constitution Party candidates in the 2010 general election.
UPDATE from Gene Berkman in the comments: Richard Mack was the Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate against Sen John Kyl in 2006. Sheriff Mack received more than 48,000 votes, a little over 3% as Kyl was re-elected with 53% of the vote.