Which Candidates Take the Tea Party Movement Seriously?

Tea Party Cuccinelli Booth

Cuccinelli Campaign's Tea Party Booth with staff


UPDATED!!!
Libertarians and fiscal conservatives might want to know just who takes the Tea Party movement seriously. Just which candidates are fiscally conservative and don’t support all the wasteful federal spending and bailouts. Having been to the Tea Party in Chesapeake on June 26th, I can tell you that the ONLY candidate to have a booth there was Ken Cuccinelli, candidate for Attorney General. There were some operatives from other Republican campaigns that dropped off signs and lit. Would’ve been nice if they stayed and did some work.

What else went on at the Tea Party?

Tidewater Libertarian Booth - Chesapeake Tea Party

Tidewater Libertarian Booth at the Chesapeake Tea Party

Reid & other speakers backstage waiting for things to start

Reid & other speakers backstage waiting for things to start


Reid Greenmun Speaks at the Chesapeake Tea Party

Reid Greenmun Speaks at the Chesapeake Tea Party


VB Mayor Sessoms is Targeted as a local big spender........ouch!

VB Mayor Sessoms is Targeted as a local big spender........ouch!


Partial view of the Tea Party crowd

Partial view of the Tea Party crowd


He defended you as one of our military servicemen. Now he fights wasteful spending, bail outs and over Taxation. Also shown:an interpreter for the deaf.

He defended you as one of our military servicemen. Now he fights wasteful spending, bail outs and over Taxation. Also shown:an interpreter for the deaf.

Most of the speakers brought up wasteful spending, the harm of over taxtion, over regulation, and bailouts on the federal level. In a bit of a departure from the federal theme, Reid Greenmun, Chairman of the Tidewater Libertarian Party and Transportation Chairman for the VBTA, reminded us that same type of bloat and financial mismanagement goes on here at the state, regional, and local levels.

There were of course many signs carried or posted. There were great ones seen on automobiles. There were a LOT of pictures that I would have liked everyone to see. This Tea Party was neat in that there was entertainment (live music), booths, propagandized porta-potties, food, and a family picnic type atmosphere. I was so busy soaking it in and taking piictures that I neglected my duties as a good lil’ local Libertarian that should have helped manning our booth. Hats off to all the dedicated local Libertarian Party members that rented the booth, provided materials, spoke, and gave our party/political view a face for all the concerned citizens to view. Great job!
– Britt Howard

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7 Responses to Which Candidates Take the Tea Party Movement Seriously?

  1. Tom White says:

    Ken Rocks! He absolutely gets it. Bob and Bill do as well. What I have seen, though, is when there are several events going on at one time, they tend to split up and try to cover as many events as logistically possible. Also, as Attorney General, a Tea Party is more in line with what he does. The Constitution. While Bob and Bill are also going to be attuned to the issues of the Tea Party, if only one could attend, Ken is the obvious go to guy.

    Usually I try to volunteer to help out at events, so I pretty much know who will be represented, but I am not beneath calling or emailing to make the case they need representation at an event.

    Good job, by the way, at getting the word out. Having met and talked to all three of the guys on the ticket, the more we put them in front of the public, the better. This is the strongest Republican ticket in a LONG time. Maybe ever.

  2. Britt Howard says:

    Thanks Tom. Ken does Rock! I also like Bill Bolling quite a bit. That said, I’m not a big fan of the candidate for governor. Two out of three ain’t bad.

    Ken Cuccinelli walks the talk. He’s a great state senator and will make a awesome Attorney General. Cuccinelli gets things done, especially sponsoring legislation that protects our rights rather than deny them. Taking away our rights is what some other elected politicians pass off as getting things done.

  3. Hey Britt-

    At the Tea Party we do not allow candidates to speak, unless we are hosting a debate. That cuts down the number of politicians willing to show up. Early on we did invite Cucinelli and McDonnell to come. Cucinelli is probably the only politician that a Tea Party will allow to speak because, as you said, he walks the talk.
    (Patrick Muldoon does too, and I was disappointed that he didn’t get on the ticket as Lt. Governor).

    Interesting to note- we extended invitations to purchase a booth space ($75) to all of the political parties, but only the Constitution Party and the Libertarian Party bought one.

    The Republican Party only takes the Tea Party seriously if it can co-opt it, which we will not allow.

    Glad you were at the Defend and Declare Tea Party!
    Karen Miner Hurd
    Founder
    Hampton Roads Tea Party

  4. Tom White says:

    Has anyone heard that Steve Shannon was talking down the Tea Party Movement. Ken Cuccinelli mentioned this, but I have no details. Would love to Blog on this.

  5. Tom White says:

    Oh. I thought it was something else. I am aware of that. Jeesh. These morons are really scared.

  6. Robert Lawson says:

    Wherever he stands on economic issues, Cuccinelli is someone Libertarians should be actively resisting. His, and other conservatives’, attampts to broaden state intervention into our bedrooms and personal lives are exactly why the Libertarian Party needs to exist in order to put out a message of free markets, social tolerance, and laissez-faire society.

    Libertarians should not support ANY conservative: they are as much for Big Government as any liberal, the only difference being that they want big government in the social arena wheras liberals would prefer it in the economic arena.

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