Political convention with constitutional tilt coming to Grand Junction
An event billed as a constitutional convention will be in Grand Junction late this month, attracting among others, former Republican Tom Tancredo, who was invited to deliver the keynote before he changed parties and launched his bid for governor.
John Michael Chambers, the organizer for the “Save America Constitutional Convention” and a former Grand Junction resident, said the Aug. 28 event is intended to stress the constitution, not current politics and in particular not Tancredo’s bid for governor.
“It’s not a Democrat or Republican political-type event,” Chambers said. “It’s something everyone can rally around.”
“A majority, if not all the presenters are more red than blue,” Chambers acknowledged, but the goal of the event is to encourage people to “restore constitutional government at the local, state and national levels.”
The conference at the Doubletree Hotel, 743 Horizon Drive, is to educate participants about the constitutional government “so that people will know what freedoms they are losing,” Chambers said.
Chambers is a former financial planner from Grand Junction who now is a radio talk-show host and educator in Florida.
He sought out Tancredo to speak at the event long before Tancredo decided last month to run for Colorado governor, Chambers said.
Tancredo’s appearance as keynote speaker for the event is not a fund-raiser for him or his campaign and won’t be a campaign speech, Chambers said.
Other speakers include Kirk Elliott, an economist who has served as adjunct faculty for Fort Lewis College, Liberty University and Walden University; Marita Noon, executive director or the Citizens Alliance for Responsible Energy; former Dell Computers executive Tim Cox; Paul St. John, who helped stop food irradiation in Florida and has organized a chemtrails truth-and-awareness movement; and Paul Skoda, founder and chairman of the Memphis tea party.
The Grand Junction convention is expected to be the first of 50, one per state, Chambers said.
He hopes to sell 300 tickets to the event, he said.
Proceeds from the convention will go to the save America Foundation and the Western Slope Conservative Alliance.
More information is available at http://www.saveamericaconvention.com
Admission is $30 a ticket to the educational event and a ticket to the constitutional banquet with Tancredo will cost $60. Admission to all events is $115.