Talked today with our WV sponsor, Delegate John Overington. Talk about a soldier. Back in ’84 he saw the Lew Uhler Article V BBA campaign at 32 states, with his own WV not among them. So he ran for the legislature to push it, only to be thwarted by the only pork king in Congress bigger than Alaska’s beloved Ted Stevens: Robert Byrd. We won’t get WV until 2016 — we’re outgunned 27 to 10 in the Senate. But he’s game. I’m thinking that by 2016 we’ll be on our second Article V campaign — most probably for Congressional term limits. So it’s worth working WV. By Monday at the latest I’ll send my Reagan Project letter to every R running for the legislature this year. John wants me to send letters to D’s, but I’m not going to do it. We want Republican majorities, then we reach out to D’s. The letter will also go to all R Kentucky State House candidates. I’ll include a copy of Rep. DeCesare’s Reso, which, if nothing else, will ingratiate me with him. Depending on how many pledges we get back, we’ll see where we go with the letter campaign.
Speaking of an Article V term limits movement, it’s what I’ve wanted to do since I “discovered” Article V 30 years ago. In ’89 I introduced HJR 54 to do just that. It got nowhere. The people with money in the term limits movement went with a different strategy, which was declared unconstitutional in a 5-4 decision. They should have listened to me. Oh, well. In involving myself with the Task Force, I’m making contacts, and developing personal relationships, which will be invaluable when we launch the second round of Article V. I have very good personal rapport developed in SD, ID, UT, OK, OR, NM, CO, AK, ME, KY, LA, and WV,. I’m actively working on developing rapport in AZ, MN, WA and GA. This summer I’ll be working ND, WY and MT. I know people in WI, TN, OH, and SC. In other words, I’m in a hell of a lot better shape than I was when I was in the AK legislature 25 years ago when I got this idea. If we pull off the BBA, I will be part of the leadership of a new, Article V, term limits campaign. In the next couple years all I need to do is find some $. I should be able to do that. I’ll get Grover Norquist to help me figure that part out.
Put “Term Limits” on my tombstone. I’ll settle for that.