We’ve gotten a lot of feedback in recent days in person and by email concerning the upcoming election and which candidates are “tea party backed”. There are some misperceptions I believe happening in the media that need to be straightened out. The tea party is a movement, not a political party. The tea party, not being a political party, cannot “put forth” candidates to be on the ballot. When the media says “tea party backed”, it is not necessarily talking about a specifically designated group, or party, but, people in a certain area that identify themselves as “tea party” people, outwardly supporting a candidate.
The principles of the tea party are:
– Limited Government
– Lower Taxes
– Eliminate Wasteful Spending
– Free Markets
– Individual Responsibility
Therefore, it does not matter if a tea party group is making a lot of noise for a candidate, if a candidate is supportive of these values, this is a candidate in which a person who identifies with the tea party movement, will want to vote for.
When the Tea Party Express got involved in Delaware, it was in a primary where the GOP was outwardly favoring a less than favorable candidate than the one who best stood for the tea party values as stated above. The North Carolina primary was in May. At this point in North Carolina, the tea party people, that’s you- can show your strength by getting involved with LOCAL campaigns, that is, on the state and county level, and help the candidates who will serve you on the state and county level, get elected. THEY need your help. Lets not get swept away with the emotion that is all over the TV on the national level that we let what truly matters in THIS state most, that we get a conservative majority in Raleigh this November for the FIRST time in 100 years.
As we stated in earlier posts, NC TEA Party is not endorsing candidates, we are asking the citizens of North Carolina to endorse their candidates. It’s the citizens of this state that represent the NC TEA Party pulse, not the people behind this website and organization. We’ve been under fire via email for not providing lists for people to be able to look up candidates in their area. North Carolina has 100 counties. That means there’s a minimum of 100 school boards, the NC House is represented by 120 members, and the NC Senate is represented by 50 members. Why should the responsibility of vetting candidates for each district be put upon the tea party’s shoulders? Not just us, but ANY tea party? Are we still in a political environment where you vote for someone because someone else told you to vote for them, and not because you know for a fact you believe that person is the best person for the job? If we are advocating for individual responsibility, we must be the first to exhibit that trait, and be responsible for our own votes.
This year, conservatives need not only to be able to say WHO they are voting for, but WHY they are voting for that person, AND- encouraging minimally FIVE other people to do the same thing.
As of right now, our endorsement post has 11 responses. Election day is LESS than a month away. This is a conversation that MUST be had with each other- WHO we are voting for, and WHY? We need to be EXCITED about our candidates. I’m excited about mine! The more engaged I have been with my candidate of choice’s campaign, I’ve come to the conclusion if he was any brighter he’d blind us all. As far as I’m concerned, we need 170 of him in Raleigh. Even my Democrat family members are voting for him this year! We ALL need to be excited about our candidates.
If you are in a district that your House and/or Senate Representative is not being challenged, find the next one nearest to you, and DONATE to their campaign. Get involved. Make calls from your home. Do SOMETHING. It is in YOUR best interest that THEY get elected, too. A rising tide lifts ALL ships.
As for lists, here is how you find who is running in your area: Go to the State Board of Elections website here, enter your information, click on SAMPLE BALLOT, and those are the people who are running to represent YOU this fall. From there, google their names and positions they are running for, and learn more about them. DONATE to their campaign, it’s NOT too late. There are non-conservative incumbents who have hundreds of thousands of dollars in their battle chest ready and waiting to spend it. Our state candidates have already made a GREAT sacrifice in running to begin with- we OWE it to them to give what we can to help them make it to the finish line with 51%+ the evening of November 2nd.
As for school boards, the school board (and judicial) races are non partisan this year. Find out who the conservatives are on the ballot, and from there do your research. Do NOT skip over this part of the ballot! Even if you do not have children, it is up to conservatives to make sure our school children are being given the proper opportunities to learn in the best way possible, including school choice, which is at stake in some counties this year.
The judicial races are equally important!
Once you find who you are voting for, come back and join the conversation. Share who your choices are for all the races. There might be others in your area who are looking for people to support!