Don’t tread on . . . our Tea Party

The Board of Directors of the South Atlanta Tea Party (SATP) has drawn a line in the sand when it comes to local candidates for any office linking the phrase “Tea Party candidate” to their campaign.

The bottom line to candidates, the board said in a June 8 letter, is that the SATP has not endorsed any candidate. The group also advised candidates not to try to cash in on the Tea Party name without an endorsement by the local organization.

The board said its goal is to promote forums, discussions and events to better inform voters and bring candidates into focus. Their concern was with those attempting to jump on the Tea Party bandwagon to garner votes but without being vetted and endorsed by the organization.

“Lately, it has come to our attention that some candidates, seeking the credibility associated with the ‘Tea Party’ image, are attaching a Tea Party affiliation to their candidacy. This is a wrong-headed effort on their part to capitalize on the Tea Party name and cash in on the values it represents,” the board’s letter said.

“Clearly, it is our goal to set the record straight. The SATP (as a group) has not endorsed any candidate at the local, state or national level. While each of us on the board may have personal voting preferences, or past affiliations with a candidate or party, our personal histories do not interfere with our dedication to providing opportunities for diverse thought and discourse during these challenging political times.”

“The very fact that each of us would become involved with a group like the SATP would suggest that personal liberty expressed at the ballot box is a commonly held desire of long standing that we all share. It is a desire that we feel compelled to share on a larger scale; hence, our dedication to the goals of the SATP and the Tea Party concept in general,” the letter said.

To that end, SATP board members put candidates for any office on notice that attaching the “Tea Party” slogan to one’s candidacy should not be done without the endorsement of the SATP.

“... we want to state unequivocally to all the voters and candidates that if in the future the SATP does choose to endorse a particular candidate or candidates, it will be announced by the SATP Board of Directors and well publicized. Any candidate who states that he/she is a ‘Tea Party candidate’ is now on notice that this is done at his or her own peril and without the endorsement of the SATP. Just because a candidate may try to make this claim does not mean it is the truth. Only our official endorsement makes such a claim a true statement,” the SATP letter said.

SATP President Cindy Fallon on Tuesday said the organization’s aim, both at the state and national level, is to promote forums, discussions and events that bring candidates into the focus of the voter. The SATP decided early on to focus on state and national issues, Fallon said, adding that there is another local organization that focuses on local issues.

“We believe that an informed electorate will make informed choices. So, it is always our goal to provide opportunities where candidates may present their ideas on how they would function if elected to a public office,” the board said. “We have never deliberately offered any forum where the prism is slanted to deliver a stilted self-serving message.”

SATP board members include Cindy Fallon, Scott Brown, Marguerite Kelly, Carol Springsteen, Phillip Kearns and Brian Graffius.

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Tea Party Endorsement

I would like to see our local or state Tea Party endorse candidates. We are one of the Tea Parties that don't.

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Who cares what SATP says?

Why should anybody care what the South Atlanta Tea Party says?

On their website it says: "...this “party” has no home base, no national or even titular leader, no billionaire support, and no real coordinating organization. It’s just a rapidly rising and vocal grassroots activist reaction to the same crime that prompted the original American Revolution: taxation without representation."

So who voted to make them the chiefs of the local Tea Party?

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Tea Parties

You comments indicate that you,like many others, are uninforemd about the tea party movement.There are 3 tea party organizations:
1.Tea Party Patriots: the largest, is a non-partisan, non-profit social welfare organization dedicated to furthering the common good and general welfare of the people of the United States. TPP furthers this goal by educating the public and promoting the principles of fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government and free markets. Tea Party Patriots does not endorse sp[ecific candidates for public office. TPP
is run with the help of Freedomworks, a conservative nonprofit led by former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey.
2. Tea Party Express:is a national bus tour run by Our Country Deserves Better PAC, a conservative Political Action Committee created by Sacramento-based GOP consulting firm Russo, Marsh, and Associates.Tea Party Express does endorse specific candidates.
3. Tea Party Nation:based in TN.
The National Tea Party Federation was formed on April 8, 2010 by several leaders in the Tea Party movement to help spread its message.
The South Atlanta Tea Party is a member of Tea Party Patriots.There is no group "the local Tea Party."

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You were right justwondering

I was uninformed. I thought they were just a collection of disorganized people fed up with taxes who have been infested with every right wing fringe group in the country. Now that I know they're being run by Dick Armey and Russo/Marsh I realize that they are a bunch of people fed up with taxes infested by organized right wing fringe groups.

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Uhh they did?

Since it is the SATP not any other then I guess they did there Jeff..

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Cool SL

We had a vote at my house and my family elected me head of the More Southern Than the South Atlanta Tea Party. The results of the vote, while not unanimous, astounded everyone. Nevertheless, the MSTTSATP gives permission for candidates to campaign under the Tea Party label.

Nobody is more surprised by this political development than me.

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grammar 101

" Nobody is more surprised by this political development than me" should be
more surprised than I.

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Grammer 201

Maybe, maybe not.

I was using a comparison with the word "than" implying an elliptical clause referring to the compound subjects Nobody and me. In that circumstance, I believe either "I" or "me" would be correct and the use of the predicate nominative is my choice since the pronoun case is the same.

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JeffC--just as long as you

stay away from the past pluperfect subjunctive!

JeffC
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You bet AtHomeGym

I wouldn't've used one. This is a family blog.

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Whoa..JeffC

I still think you are looking weak coming into the November election in the house, so don't let up now :)

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Me too Nuk...now

But the election is more than five months away; a lifetime for political issues. Look at the healthcare frenzy. It has faded away in just a few weeks.

And, the primaries are almost over so we have actual candidates to compare. Reid in Nevada looked really weak but I think the Tea Party saved his seat by nominating Angle. Of course, Reid bought it for her because he thinks so too. We'll see.

Plus, the news about the primaries has been almost totally about the Republicans. Nobody's fault, the Dems have been really boring except maybe Arkansas.

Some good (and by that I mean a lot better than we're seeing now) job figures, get the oil well capped. Obama and his family out cleaning the beaches...

And the Rs are in a tough position now, forced to be pro-oil spill and BP to oppose Obama. Look at Terry G's column. Perfectly true, but you've got to know when to hold 'em and know when to fold 'em.

We're looking a lot better than we did two weeks go.

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Congratulations JeffC

You may have been surprised by the result of the vote, but it hardly comes as a surprise to your admirers. As always, your graciousness is demonstrated by giving permission for candidates to campaign under the Tea Party label.

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Local tea party litmus test?

I wasn't aware that the SATP had a protected trade mark and that only THEY could use the "TEA Party" moniker when running for a local election. So, anyone running in a local election and claiming TEA Party affiliation must first pass the SATP litmus test of being 1)white 2)Christian 3)heterosexual 4)anti-choice on abortion

Fascinating! Good luck with that, Cindy.

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Now You're Aware

The SATP is a member of Tea Party Patriots and their policy is:no endorsements of specific candidates.There's not a litmus test as no one can be endorsed, not even you. I suggest next time you criticize, you get some facts before you draw a conclusion.

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Interesting

. . watching the 'strategists' trying hard to out-strategize the opponent. Most citizens recognize the game playing - and are looking for results. Note: Health-care reform; slow, but improving economy; an answer to our illegal immigrant problem; etc. The main reality is who comes out to vote. I feel the Tea Party had some cogent concerns and represented many patriotic citizens in this country - but the 'radical' right took hold and excluded a large segment of the American population. Our country took a very wrong turn under a Conservative administration (which was not truly a fiscal conservative administration) Our Congress has become dysfunctional. No rational citizen expected change within a year – but change must come for the US to remain a world leader. Of course citizens are anxious – these are perilous times. We are involved in conflicts around the globe, and open to a ‘computer’ attack that could paralyze our infrastructure. We must elect representatives who put country first. Is that possible? Or are we going to continue to allow corporations and 'big money' control our country?

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Mysterious Letter
Ben Nelms wrote:

The bottom line to candidates, the board said in a June 8 letter, is that the SATP has not endorsed any candidate.

To whom is this letter addressed? Is it a letter to the editor? If so, where is it? I'd also like to know which candidates are being accused of "seeking the credibility associated with the ‘Tea Party’ image."

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Way to go guys...

Many try to gain respect by using the Teaparty as a stepping stone for their own Political gain.

Once again great job...