Wednesday, July 28, 2010


A group of Missouri Tea Party organizations has issued a press release, part of which is posted below, explaining that they do not support Congressman Roy Blunt in the August 3 Republican primary. The Congressman has been alluding to the support of the Tea Party here in my state in hopes of gaining votes.

Oddly enough, Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann, a representative that I hold a good deal of respect for, is coming to a Blunt fundraiser in Missouri on July 31. Her strong support for the Tea Party will be used by the Blunt campaign to try and further cement his fictional Tea Party bona fides. I don't understand why the Congresswoman is lending her support to this Washington insider and it calls into question the motives of her recently formed Tea Party Caucus in the Congress.

For whatever it's worth, I'm voting for
Chuck Purgason in the primaries.

Missouri Tea Party Groups Have NOT Endorsed Roy Blunt for U.S. Senate

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 notification
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 been
grossly 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,
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,
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,
In God We Trust Tea Party, SW MO (40), Greg Bartlett (417) 689-1468
Press Release
Jefferson County Tea Party (600+), Ken Horton (636) 461-0363
Johnson County Patriots (100+), Jeff Merrick (660) 422-2665
K & N Patriots (O’Fallon) (650+), Janet Allquist (636) 978-5230
MID MO 9/12 Patriots (Columbia) (100), Chris O’Conner (573) 639-1621
Missouri As A Mom (415), Jacquelyn Pl Ehrlich, Missouri ChairMOM,
*Missouri Sovereignty Project (1,825), Tom Grady (314) 346-3548
Patriots of the Constitution (Salem) (167), Jan Abney (573) 729-9220
St. Joseph Tea Party (185), Maggie Siegmund,
Show Me Patriots, Greater St. Louis Area (360), Cindy McGee,
Sikeston Tea Party (400), Pam Yant (573) 703-1701
Springfield 912ers (203), Mike Crites (417) 872-0502
Springfield MO Tea Party (457), Janice Ellison (417) 234-4427
Sullivan 912 Group (50), Sandra Davidson (314) 420-8270
SW MO Conservative Network (Joplin) (280+), John Putnam (417) 674-1946
We Surround Them 912 Project, Jefferson Cnty & S. St. Louis Cnty (126), Rick Blowers (636) 633-0687
We The People . . . St. Francois County (55), Tammy Holmes (573) 756-9211
912 We The People of Monroe County MO (55), Ron & Martha Staggs (660) 327-1220

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