Wooten & A-10 legend to host town halls

US-SENATE-CHCUK-WOOTENCD2 Candidate and Chief Master Sergeant (Ret) Chuck Wooten is co-hosting with Lt. Col. (Ret) Tom Norris, two town hall meetings to discuss the current status of the A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft and the Air Force’s proposal to trim its budget by eliminating the entire fleet.

Lt. Col. Tom Norris has reached nearly legendary status in the Air Force and among troops on the ground for his flying ability and has become a strong voice in the fight for the Warthog (A-10). Wooten first came into the public spotlight when he challenged Congressman Paul Ryan’s budget deal that would have severely cut retirement benefits for veterans.

As a result of his willingness to challenge the GOP establishment, Wooten, now a business owner in Southern Arizona, received many requests from veterans to run for Congress in CD2.

According to a statement issued by Wooten, the A-10 is the battle-proven, inexpensive stalwart of Close Air Support missions and is directly credited with saving countless lives on the battlefield as well as being a key destructive force to enemy heavy armor and bunker positions.

Wooten and Norris attended a hearing last month on Capitol Hill of the Senate Armed Services Committee. The controversy surrounding the fate of the A-10 has been hotly debated on Capitol Hill in both the House and Senate. Wooten and Norris hope to bring to residents the information they learned on that trip by providing a first-hand account of the issues and current status of the A-10.

The two town hall meetings will also focus on what, if any implications there may be for the future of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base’s viability, should the A-10 be eliminated.

Sessions at the following times and locations:

Session #1:
May 7, 2014
Miller-Golf Links Library (event room)

Session #2:
May 15, 2014
Wilmot Branch Library (Classroom)
6-7 pm


  1. JSH, I hadn’t heard of him prior to late March of this year–because, as I found out, his careers had been first in the military and later in private business. But when he spoke at our Palominas Tea Party meeting (southern Cochise County), I knew we had a “real candidate in the District”…finally!

    He didn’t get into the race because he thought politicking would be a great thing to do, but because a LOT of people urged him to do so. In the end, he realized he had it to do, and I’m glad he did. His positions are clear (you can read those on his website) and one of the most remarkable things about him as a candidate is that he can say it the way it is without sounding strident. That’s a rare talent, one we really can’t afford to waste in this pivotal CD2 election.

  2. Any word for Sierra Vista/Cochise County town halls or debates? Not that it matters, I’ve already made up my mind for Mr. Wooten, but it would be a good show to see him spin Ms McSally around in her political shoes.

  3. Good for these two men. Go get ’em Chuck. The GOP establishment
    is shaking in their boots with your entering the race. McSally is supposed
    to be crowned into the comgress and then inherit the Senate seat from McCain
    Get educated folks and do your homework. It’s the primaries that make a
    difference and if Independents and libertarians don’t support Chuck in the
    primaries we’re going to just get the same choices. It makes no difference
    if Barber or McSally wins. Chuck in not only running against McSally but also
    the Republican elites who are throwing every obstacle in his path they can.
    Lucky he’s a Chief a doesn’t let it slow him down. It merely let’s us know the
    character (or lack of) that Carolyn Cox, Emil Franzi, and the rest of the DC
    collection of rino’s have. They’d rather have McSally lose than have a
    representative they can’t control. Pathetic what the GOP has become.

    • My problem with Wooten is that no one had ever heard of him until three or four months ago when he wrote his letter to Paul Ryan or has he been in politics before 2014?

      • JSH had you ever heard of Martha McSilly being involeved in Southern Arizona politics until she paraschuted into Tucson from Germany when Gabby giffords announced her intent to retire as soon as she vested in her pension. Had you ever heard of Ron Barber for that matter. McSally was picked by McCain and Kyle so if you are happy with that duo I think MM is a good choice for you. The only reason we have McCain is he moved to Arizona when a vulnerble Rep seat appeared and like Martha he just appeared and ran as a POW survivor.

        Learn about the candidates. Wooten appears to be the pick of the litter although the Republican establishment appears to have bought the McSally package. God save us. Just remember the short definition of insanity. We nee to do something different and not trust the leaders who put us here.

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