Regarding the article in the June 6 issue, “Guv campaigns amp up as ballots drop,” the last line of this article, “Tancredo also won a coveted endorsement this week, gaining the backing of the El Paso County Tea Party,” caused me to ponder: what constitutes a Tea Party? The website for the El Paso County Tea Party is defunct and the Facebook page has not been touched in two years; there are no meetings or activities that I can discern. The board members have moved on to other organizations or out of state and some are supporting other candidates in the gubernatorial race.
Who is this tea party? Apparently a party of one attempting to look and sound like an organization of substance. I soundly support the right of individuals to support their candidate of choice and for organizations to do the same when they’re actually one to do so.
The public understands a tea party to be a group of people who gather together to educate themselves, encourage each other to activism, give voice to their views, and be a gathering point for other like-minded people.
Individuals and administrative organizations who use the “tea party” name expressly to raise money, endorse candidates, or claim to speak for an audience that does not exist, do a disservice to a movement of passionate, patriotic Americans. They need to create their own voice, not usurp that of others.
As the Tea Party Express did when they endorsed Owen Hill for the U.S. Senate race, the El Paso County Tea Party has erred in their tactics. My issue is not in who is endorsed but with the smoke-and-mirrors approach to doing so. The tea party movement in Colorado deserves better.
A membership of one? Not a tea party in my book.
President, Colorado Tea Party Patriots