Cardon sets his sights on GOP ‘establishment’
Published: February 11, 2013 at 11:53 am
Former Republican U.S. Senate candidate Wil Cardon says he is returning to politics with a simple goal: destroying the establishment wing of the Republican Party.
“The real problem in the Republican Party is the establishment, so I’m going to go work on them,” he told Arizona Capitol Times. “The establishment are the guys who’ve never had a job in the private sector, but think they’re geniuses.”
Cardon’s 2012 campaign against then-U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake relied on similar themes, and he often criticized Flake for having very little experience in the private sector. Cardon is the president and CEO of The Cardon Group, a real estate development firm that was started by his grandfather.
After a bruising campaign that included millions of dollars spent by outside groups, Flake soundly defeated Cardon 69 percent to 21 percent. Cardon spent $6.2 million of his own money in the race.
Cardon was vague about how he would affect change in the Republican Party, but said he had no plans to run for elected office. While he did not say what form his efforts would take, he said he has some specific goals.
“I want to go after the reasons why people become career politicians. I want to go after the pensions, the special perks… the things that make them rich in office and then rick after office,” he said.
Cardon also said he would advocate for changes to campaign laws that allow outside groups to spend millions of dollars to influence races.
“It’s a terrible way to run a political system. I think the political system is broken,” he said.