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Tea Party claims first victory of 2014 BY JOEL GEHRKE
« on: April 23, 2014, 10:20:43 AM »
http://washingtonexaminer.com/tea-party-claims-first-victory-of-2014/article/2547589

Tea Party claims first victory of 2014
BY JOEL GEHRKE | APRIL 23, 2014 AT 9:09 AM

Tea Party candidate Curt Clawson won the Republican primary in the special election seat to replace Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., who resigned after pleading guilty for cocaine possession, a victory that the Tea Party Express is claiming as "the movement's first victory of 2014."

Clawson received 46 percent of the vote, according to Naples News. “The results tonight were clear, Curt Clawson's Tea Party message of economic growth and fiscal responsibility resonated with the voters of Southwest Florida," said political strategist Sal Russo of the Tea Party Express, which was one of the first Tea Party groups to support Clawson.

"It was exactly that kind of platform that fueled Republican victories in 2010 and 2012, and we’re starting 2014 with another decisive victory here tonight. Curt’s success sends a clear message to candidates across the country: you win elections by campaigning in bold colors, not pale pastels, as President Reagan once famously said."


The race divided national Tea Party icons, though, as Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., backed Clawson while former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin endorsed Florida state Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto, who received about 16 percent of the vote.

Clawson, a former CEO "who put at least $3.4 million into his campaign" according to Politico, also received the endorsement of Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.

Tea Party Express co-founder Amy Kremer resigned last week as chairman of the group, just as the organization planned to campaign in Florida on Clawson's behalf, saying that she preferred to focus on Matt Bevin's challenge to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

"I've wanted to move in a different direction for awhile, but also wanted to make sure that any change I make was also a positive change for the conservative movement," Kremer wrote in a Facebook post.

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Re: Tea Party claims first victory of 2014 BY JOEL GEHRKE
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2014, 12:27:23 PM »
i thought palin was a tea partier darling; since her horse lost, doesn't this make it sort of a split decision for the tea partiers?

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Re: Tea Party claims first victory of 2014 BY JOEL GEHRKE
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2014, 01:58:56 AM »
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/USA-Update/2014/0127/Trey-Radel-resigns-from-Congress-in-wake-of-cocaine-scandal-video

Rep. Trey Radel of Florida, a once-rising star in the tea party movement, said in his resignation letter Monday that he can no longer 'fully and effectively serve,' after a conviction for buying cocaine.

So the Tea Party retained a seat formerly held by a coke snorting Tea Party Congressman?  Color me impressed.
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Re: Tea Party claims first victory of 2014 BY JOEL GEHRKE
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2014, 08:43:35 AM »
So the Tea Party retained a seat formerly held by a coke snorting Tea Party Congressman?  Color me impressed.
Radel resigned. Clawson wasn't running against him; he won a primary against other Republican candidates. Sounds like victory to me.
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Re: Tea Party claims first victory of 2014 BY JOEL GEHRKE
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2014, 01:59:05 AM »
Radel resigned. Clawson wasn't running against him; he won a primary against other Republican candidates. Sounds like victory to me.
My point is the district is conservative.  When a Tea Party candidate takes a moderate district I'll take notice.  Until then I'll continue to believe they are a minority subset of the GOP.
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