Roanoke Tea Party statement on Jamie Radtke and George Allenon January 27th, 2011 at 6:07 pm
Roanoke Tea Party statement on Jamie Radtke and George Allen
With George Allen and Jamie Radtke having announced for the Republican nomination for US Senate, stories are circulating about the position of various Tea Party groups with regard to these candidates. The Roanoke Tea Party would like to express our opinion on this matter based on numerous interactions with Jamie Radtke, and our strong opinion on the candidacy of George Allen.
Jamie Radkte is touting her leadership in the Richmond Tea Party and the Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation (VTPP) as one of her main selling points. As a former member of the VTPP, we found ourselves at odds with Mrs. Radkte and her tactics for manipulating the organization into support of the Repeal Amendment, and her her willingness to take credit in the media for the hard work of other individuals engaged in our common cause.
Our board was leery of participating with the VTPP when she first contacted us in February 2010, both because of her long-standing association with the Republican Party, and out of fear of anyone hoping to “organize” what had been wholly autonomous local groups. It was quickly obvious that Mrs. Radtke was building a Tea Party entity specifically as a platform to run for office, and we were flabbergasted by the ferocity she used in squashing internal dissent.
That being said, she would be a better alternative than George Allen to represent our Constitutional principles. Her tea party credentials are better than his, whose history of bad decisions and fiscal irresponsibility are egregious.
Allen’s track record is so bad that it overcomes our personal feelings towards Mrs. Radkte. If she can attack liberalism, socialism and progressivism as well as she attacked dissenting Tea Party groups, constitutional conservatism just might have a chance in the US Senate.
We are not endorsing any candidate, just giving an early analysis of this race to replace the absolutely unnaceptable Senator Webb in 2012. It is a shame that the Commonwealth of Virginia, cannot produce better candidates for the US Senate than these 3 individuals. Hopefully a better candidate will emerge soon and give us something we don’t have now, a real choice, versus selecting the lesser of three evils.