The following list of Tea Party organizations, from across the state of Missouri, have NOT endorsed Roy Blunt in his campaign for the U.S. Senate seat. When we received a noti fication that Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, a strong supporter of Tea Parties nationally, and the originator of a “Tea Party Caucus” in Washington last week, will be coming to Missouri on July 31st to make phone calls with Roy Blunt from the St. Louis GOP headquarters, and to be a featured speaker at a Blunt fundraiser that night, we were shocked. We believe she has beengrossly misled if she understands him to be a Missouri Tea Party candidate.
Tea Party participants believe the spending in Washington has to STOP. Roy Blunt voted for
TARP and Cash for Clunkers. For Michele Bachmann to come to Missouri and give the
impression that all the Missouri Tea Parties support Roy Blunt is an abomination of everything we have been standing up for. “Most Tea Party supporters I know will be baffled by Michele Bachmann helping someone with a record like Roy Blunt before the primary vote,” said Jedidiah Smith, a Tea party leader in Franklin County, Missouri.
"Missouri Tea Party groups are proud of our steadfast position not to endorse candidates and to remain independent of political parties. We encourage all voters to examine the voting records, positions, and values of all candidates, to determine whether they promote the core values of the Tea Party Movement: fiscal responsibility, constitutionally-limited government, and free markets." said Eric Farris, a Tea Party leader in Branson, Missouri. There are sixteen candidates running for the Missouri U.S. Senate seat and the consistent message, among Tea Party participants, has been to check each of them out before voting in the August 3rd Primary.
Signed by the following Tea Parties (# of members), Contact Person:
Branson Tea Party Coalition (246), Eric Farris, email@example.com
Buffalo Tea Party (102), Paul Beaird (417) 345-6430
Callaway Tea Party (52), Jeff Kauffman (573) 823-8725
Cape County Tea Party (150), Tom Young (573) 450-7330
Cass County (10), Dan Duckworth (816) 914-4343
Cassville Tea Party (100), Judith Mouser, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cooper County Tea Party (75), Daryl Bowles (660) 537-4199
Eureka Tea Party (497), Jeannine Huskey (636) 938-9348
Franklin County Patriots (860), Jedidiah Smith (636) 262-5133
In God We Trust PAC, Kansas City (500+), Kristi Nichols, email@example.com
In God We Trust Tea Party, SW MO (40), Greg Bartlett (417) 689-1468
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Tea Party groups: We did not endorse Roy Blunt
The following news release was issued this morning by a congregation of Missouri Tea Party groups. The list does not include Jasper County Republican Chairman John Putnam and the Southwest Missouri Conservative tea party group out of Joplin: