In the 2018 primary election, John Renison, a Mexican citizen, is running as a Republican candidate for the House of Representatives in the 51st district, which includes California’s entire border with Mexico.
UPDATE: John Renison lost in the primary and does not continue to the general election in November. In California, the “top two” get on the November ballot. See results here.
Renison aka Juan Ray Renison Rosas has Mexican and American citizenship. The U.S. does not recognize dual citizenship, but the government has not banned it, either. It is a issue of divided loyalty for a congressman, especially in this border district. Renison lied to the American public saying his first experience in politics was his unsuccessful run for the California state senate in 2016, failing to divulge his earlier extensive experience in Mexican politics.
He was a candidate for the Mexican Senate for the far-left Green Party in 2012 and appears to also have been a candidate in 2010 for deputado (representative) of the Congresso de Baja California, that is the Baja state assembly for the “Partido Estatal de Baja California (Baja State Party). He is also an owner of of his mother’s large cross-border, customs brokerage business, which could earn large profits from cross-border initiatives that he may influence and promote as congressman of the CA-51 district.
All this represents a serious conflict of interest and divided loyalty. As Congressman of the 51st district, he would be dealing with very critical issues, some of which have a huge impact on our national interests, such as the massive spills of sewage and toxic waste coming across the border, NAFTA and border security, as well as illegal immigration.
Renison told Eric Bartl in an interview for the San Diego Reader that he became a Mexican citizen in 2003 “to help his business”. He may be an American by chance of birthplace, but a Mexican by choice. If business interests in Mexico can cause him to become a citizen, the question is, what can he not be pressured to do from Mexico due to his financial interests there?
As Mexican citizen and political activist, who has been a candidate for political office in Mexico and who considers Mexicali, Mexico to be his “homeland” from early childhood, it is a reasonable to ask to which country does he owe his loyalty? In Spanish he calls Mexicali (Mexico) his “tierra natal”, his homeland, native land or literally the land of his birth. His first choice would have been a political career in Mexico.
He entered politics in the U.S. after he failed in his attempts to be elected to office in Mexico. A political career in the U.S was his second choice. Yet, when speaking in English, he says he puts America first and that his absolute loyalty to the U.S. cannot be questioned. That is clearly not true, given his prior background in Mexico of political activism with left-wing political parties. When you have citizenship in two countries, by definition, you have divided loyalty.
EVIDENCE OF POLITICAL ACTIVISM IN MEXICO IN HIS OWN WORDS
This video in Spanish, subtitled in English, is a interview of Renison from 2013 by a talk show host in Mexicali, Mexico. Renison talks about his devotion to the Mexican people, his affection for his Mexican “homeland” and his political ambitions in Mexico to serve the Mexican people. He also refers to travelling in the US as “going abroad” in the sense of it being a foreign country for him relative to his Mexican homeland. (The subtitles in English were produced from a certified translation obtained from a professional translator.)
To see subtitles in English, start video, then click on the settings wheel and turn on “captions”.
On page 29 of this register of candidates for the Mexican Senate lists “John Ray Renison Rosas” as a substitute candidate for the Mexican Senate in the 2012 election in Mexico. (If they win office, substitute candidates do play an active role in a parliamentary system, taking the place of the senator when he is not available.) A number of references to his political candidacy — often on official Mexican government sites — can be found by googling terms such as “Renison Senador” and “Renison Deputado”.
At this link towards the bottom of the page, “Juan Renison” is also mentioned in 2010 as a candidate for deputy of the “Congresso de Deputados” of Baja, California, that is Baja’s state legislature.
Columna En Voz Baja
Ya hay candidatos…
Durante la semana pasada se fue deshojando la margarita y en Mexicali suman ya tres los candidatos a Presidente Municipal, en orden de aparición y de aprobación de sus respectivas militancias están ya por el PAN con RAÚL LÓPEZ MORENO, mientras que por el PRI van con FRANCISCO PÉREZ TEJADA PADILLA y ayer el Partido Estatal de Baja California (PEBC) postuló a JORGE GALLEGO SALAS, quien encabezó el evento con los integrantes de su planilla y de los candidatos a Diputados FRANCISCO BARRAZA, MARCO VIZCARRA, JUAN RENISON, NORMA ALICIA ARREOLA, NATY RIVERA Y HUMBERTO BELTRÁN LÓPEZ.. En la sede de la Canaco se realizó la presentación de los candidatos pebecistas que le apuestan a la experiencia, eficacia y honradez de su candidato que al dirigirse a decenas de asistentes pidió trabajar intensamente para lograr el triunfo electoral y orientar el Gobierno hacia la atención de las necesidades sociales con los principios a los que se ajustan los perfiles de los seis candidatos a Diputados locales, de los cuales 4 son ciudadanos de la sociedad civil y 2 son miembros activos del PEBC… (LA VOZ DE LA FRONTERA, JESÚS JIMÉNEZ, JAVIER MEJÍA URIBE Y FUENTEOVEJUNA)
In this San Diego Reader Article, John Renison is quoted as saying he is from Mexicali, Mexico, but has lived a few years in the U.S.
“I’m from Mexicali,” says Renison. “But I have spent four years in San Diego, and three years in Boston where I met my wife and we had our two children.
Renison was also named to serve on a kind of commission by the Mexicali Ayuntamiento (City Council) to work on public safety and to help produce a “Plan for the Development of Mexicali”, as well as probably other such tasks. See his name (Juan Renison Rosas) credited on page 95 in the document at the following link, about halfway down the page.
VIDEO RESPONSE TO CRITICISM
This writer (Roger Ogden) informed the Republican Central Committee about these issues via an email to 48 of the 50 San Diego Republican Central Committee Members on April 8th, just before the committee was to vote on endorsements. The Central Committee willfully ignored the information and endorsed Renison without any discussion at all of the issues of national loyalty and conflict of interest regarding his customs brokerage business. Before the overwhelming vote by our local RINO “leadership” to endorse him, Renison admitted that he was a dual citizen and that he was a candidate for the Mexican Senate in 2012.
This video is the response by John Renison, made on April 8, 2018. The very next day he admitted being a dual citizen and being a candidate for political office in Mexico in recent years. Actually, if you listen closely even in this video, he already admits having past involvement in politics in Mexico, while attacking the person who exposed him.
Renison refers to Ogden as a “hater” and “ignorant”, just for suggesting he could have a conflict of interest and divided loyalty as both a Mexican and U.S. citizen. This kind of personal attack is the tactic the radical left uses to marginalize and silence their critics.
RENISON TALK AT GOP CAUCUS MEETING
This video below was taken at the 80th Caucus Central Committee Meeting in Chula Vista on April 5, 2018. Shockingly, the San Diego GOP, under the influence of Chairman Tony Krvaric, endorsed him three days later by a wide (RINO) majority without any real discussion of the issue.
Renison says right up front that he does not not want to talk about his bio and education any longer. That is understandable, because he grew up in Mexico, has dual Mex/US citizenship and never finished college. He chose to start a political career in Mexico, first, but failed. He also owns very substantial cross-border customs brokerage business interests in Mexico that may reap huge profits from positions that he would support as a Congressman in CA-51, a border district. He says we all know that Mexican customs officials are corrupt and he should know, because he dealt intimately with them on a daily basis in his business. His main qualification, he touts, is that he speaks perfect Spanish — because he grew up in Mexico — and also speaks perfect English, which makes it much easier to bamboozle American voters. He can look and sound either as a native Mexican or native American at will.
RENISON TO CAMPAIGN IN MEXICO FOR U.S. CONGRESS
The next to the last paragraph of this article quotes John Renison as saying he will be campaigning in Mexico for the US Congress, because there are a lot of voters there. That would open up a significant opportunity for election fraud. Many dual citizens live in Mexico and commute to jobs in the U.S. Non residents are not eligible to vote in the District, but it is not difficult to claim a fake address in the district.
Given the number of US citizens who reside in Baja California cities, Renison will seek the vote in Mexico, “through campaigns in the streets, at events with business or government, as well as convene forums on border issues.”