Trump supporter continues his passion for conservative idealsRandy Hayden: Red in blue Edmonds
A month into President Donald Trump’s first term, not everyone is dismayed, or resisting, or protesting.
Some are euphoric.
Meet Randy Hayden of Edmonds.
You can’t miss him around town. He sports a black cowboy hat. His email handle is “Christian Cowboy.” He’s Republican through and through, and he holds sway in local politics as a member of the Snohomish County Republican Party’s executive board.
He was recently elected to a new two-year term, and will represent Snohomish County at Republican state party meetings.
“I’m very happy with the Trump administration and what they are doing,” Hayden said. “I didn’t start off as a Trump supporter. In fact, when we had 17 candidates, he was at the end of my list. It wasn’t until our state convention that I became a Trump supporter.
“As a Christian, I’m very excited to see the caliber of cabinet members that he is putting around him. I also love the fact that he’s doing what he said he would do when he was campaigning, something not common for a politician to do.”
If the name sounds familiar, you are a certified political junkie of the local order.
Most recently, in 2013, he ran for a position on the Edmonds City Council, but lost to incumbent member Kristiana Johnson by an almost 2-to-1 margin. The year earlier, Hayden lost to 32nd District State Rep. Cindy Ryu, a Democrat.
Hayden admits that it’s hard to win as a Republican candidate in blue Edmonds and Puget Sound, although councilmembers are voted into nonpartisan positions.
But he does have pull through his second term with the Snohomish County Republican Party, even though he ran unopposed. He is the county’ contact with the state party, along with Debbie Blodgett and Olga Farnam.
Hayden’s role? To promote the Republican Party, recruit precinct committee officers and raise money through fundraisers such as the upcoming Lincoln Day Dinner. This year’s speaker, on April 21, is Pete Hegseth, a Fox News contributor and early candidate to become Trump’s Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
But Hegseth dropped off the list after he faced resistance from veterans groups concerned about his ties to Concerned Veterans for America, a group funded by the billionaires Charles and David Koch that seeks to privatize the health care system for veterans.
Previous Lincoln Day Dinner speakers included Republican flamethrowers Dinesh D’Souza and Allen West.
“We get teased a lot from the other counties about bringing in big name speakers and setting the bar too high for them to follow,” Hayden said.
Hayden has served on a number of boards and committees, including the Edmonds Economic Development board, Edmonds Traffic Advisory board, Snohomish County Drug and Alcohol Advisory board and, currently, the Snohomish County Mental Health and Chemical Dependency board.
Hayden, who owns a construction company and storage building, said he’s not entertaining any ideas about running for office.
“I enjoy what I’m doing now working inside the party helping to get Republicans elected, which we have been doing an excellent job of doing. I feel my strength with the Republican Party is uniting people to work together for a common cause.”
One of those causes is the Second Amendment. He’s a big gun-rights supporter and a range safety officer with the Armed Defensive Training Association. “We meet twice a month, once for classroom training and then once for live fire training.”
All in for Trump
As you can imagine, Hayden was not a fan of former President Obama. But he’s all in for President Trump.
“When he announced his pick for Supreme Court judge, it brought tears to my eyes. I believe that the biggest obstacle Trump faces is a very biased media that runs false stories. One outlet will post a false story, and then they all post it because it must be true? Right.”
Examples? Hayden pointed to the crowd-size number at Trump’s inauguration, that Trump discarded a bust of Martin Luther King Jr. and that Trump was to order 100,000 National Guard members to round up immigrants who live in the country illegally.
“The media seems to be using fear tactics to raise fear among those that don’t support our president,” he said.
You might be surprised at Hayden’s thoughts about the recent protests across the nation, and even in Edmonds.
“I believe that protests are a very good way to practice your First Amendment rights. I got involved in politics in 2008, with the Tea Party movement. We held protests, but what we did was so much different than what is happening now. We always got permits, we didn’t break laws or attack people, and we always left the area cleaner than when we arrived.
“These protests that are happening now are full of hate and violence – breaking laws by blocking roads, beating people up and leaving tons of garbage behind. Burning cars and destroying people’s personal property – it’s pathetic that they seem to think that to get their point across that they need to destroy people’s lives and means to create a living.”
Hayden thinks people should give Trump a chance.
“When Obama was elected into office, I wasn’t happy, but I accepted it and we prayed for him and his leadership team. Jim Brown, the Hall of Fame running back, said that he didn’t vote for Trump, and that he wanted Hillary to win, but he loved his country and felt Trump needed our help to fix it, and he would do whatever he could to help him. I wish all Americans would be as humble and gracious as Brown.”