Greater Boston TP out in force supporting Brown

For all of you who have been asking for information, here are the big events happening over the next two days involving the Scott Brown campaign.  The Greater Boston Tea Party will have members at all three.   As always, bring a sign.

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The People’s Rally with Scott Brown

Sunday, January 17th, 3:00PM (arrive early to get a seat inside)

Mechanics Hall, 321 Main Street,  Worcester

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Obama’s Stump for Martha Coakley

Sunday, January 17th, 2:00 – 4:00PM

Northeaster University Cabot Center

360 Huntington Ave.,  Boston

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Scott Brown Bus Tour Rally

Monday, January 18th, 11AM – 1PM

The Boston Garden, 1 Legends Way,  Boston

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Explanations, not Endorsements

Explanations, not endorsements

Bridget Fay

In law and in principle, the Greater Boston Tea Party does not endorse candidates for public office.  Many of us joined the Tea Party movement because of our dissatisfaction with the way that both political parties have conducted themselves on Beacon Hill and in Washington.  Some of us joined because we were tired of a top-down system that marginalizes our concerns, attempts to dictate to us how we should think, and believes that our elected elite know better than we do how to run our own lives.  Still others joined because the current political system does not adequately address our needs and concerns as constituents.

As a matter of principle, the Greater Boston Tea Party – a diverse, grassroots coalition – does not endorse candidates.  We did not need nor want from self-anointed Tea Partiers what we did not want from the self-appointed elite on Beacon Hill and in Washington.

Furthermore, as a legal matter, the Greater Boston Tea Party is a non-profit group, aiming to apply for 501(c)(3) status after a year of operation. We are prohibited, by that and campaign finance laws, from endorsing candidates for state or federal government.  In fact, we can’t even suggest that someone should be elected for town dog catcher, let alone endorse a candidate for the United States Senate.

Nevertheless, it is important that Tea Party Patriots – engaged citizens who, a  bit over a year ago, would never have dreamed of becoming political activists – are knowledgeable about the candidates and the candidates’ relations to the Tea Party movement.

Tea Party Action and Affiliation

Two of the candidates, Scott Brown and Joe Kennedy, are on our mailing list.  Both have attended events (for this, we take both gentlemen at their words).  To our best knowledge, Martha Coakley is neither on our mailing list nor has attended any of our events.

None of the three candidates has been active in the organization, promotion, nor development of any of the three Tea Parties that have been held in Boston (i.e. Tax Day, Independence Day, and the October Health Care Rally).

In December, the Brown campaign reached out to the Tea Party movement to schedule a meeting with the group.  Approximately 150 members attended a breakfast, held in Westborough at the beginning of January, to listen to Sen. Brown’s explanation of why he believes that he would best represent the Tea Party principles.  Amazingly, in conjunction with this event, Tea Party members from across Massachusetts contributed an astounding $12,000 to the Brown campaign.

After the invitation from the Brown campaign was distributed, we received two inquiries from the Kennedy campaign, including one purportedly from the candidate himself, asking for a similar meeting with our members.  We attempted to confirm such an event by asking for details – date, time, place and any fees – and were never contacted again.

In the interest of fairness, in late December I emailed the Coakley campaign to ask if they would like to meet with Tea Party members to address our concerns and begin a dialogue with the people she is campaigning to represent in Washington.  In the email, I suggested a similar format to the Scott Brown event.  As of today (12 January), I have not heard back from her campaign.

I welcome additions, clarification, and explanations by each candidate.

Pre-Debate Rally – Special Senate Election

Join fellow Tea Party members at UMass tonight as we rally to support our preferred candidate for the Massachusetts Special Senate Election.

Final Debate - Massachusetts Special Senate Election

5:00 – 7:00 PM

UMass Campus Center

100 Morrissey Blvd. – in the circle

For directions - http://www.umb.edu/campuscenter/directions.html

And no, I cannot get the )**^$%&^(*( link to work!!!!

MA Special Senate Election Polling

What a stunner!  Just days after Rasmussen puts Coakley a measley 9 points ahead of Brown, PPP comes out with this.

The Massachusetts Senate race is now a toss up.

Buoyed by a huge advantage with independents and relative disinterest from Democratic voters in the state, Republican Scott Brown leads Martha Coakley 48-47.

What’s all the fuss about?

Brown has eye popping numbers with independents, sporting a 70/16 favorability rating with them and holding a 63-31 lead in the horse race with Coakley. Health care may be hurting Democratic fortunes with that group, as only 27% of independents express support for Obama’s plan with 59% opposed.

Needless to say, the Dems never saw this coming.  They are now bringing Bill Clinton to town.  Wonder if they’ll bring in the big O?

Upcoming Meetings

We have three Meet-Ups scheduled for the next few weeks.  Please join us at one if you would like to expand your network of Tea Partiers.  And as always, bring a friend.  If you are interested in coordinating a Meet-Up in your area, please let me know.

cvarley@bostonteaparty.com

or RSVP on Facebook or Meet Up

Boston –

Thursday, January 14th, 7:30 – 9:30 PM

The Green Dragon, 11 Marshall St., Boston

Austin Hess is the lead contact – look for him in the tri-corner hat!

Norton –

Tuesday, January 26th, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Trinity, 184 W. Main St., Norton

Ask for the Tea Party – Ray Issler and Janine Izzo are contacts.

Reading -

Tuesday, February 2nd, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Bertucci’s at 45 Walker’s Brook Drive, Reading, MA

Ask for either the Fay party or for the meeting in the back room.

I am awaiting confirmation on a North Shore event as well.  We have a new lead contact in Gloucester!  Word is spreading.  Come join us as we work to take back our country.

Massachusetts Special Senate Election Update

The Scott Brown Breakfast with MA Tea Party Members was a great success.  After speaking with many that attended, despite the snow, I can assure you he answered our questions and gave us reason to hope.  One of our members, Peter Laird, wrote the following that I would like to share with you.

Dear Tea Party Member,

Citizens concerned about trends in Washington – ever larger deficits – increasingly intrusive government into the private sector and individual’s lives – disdain for the Constitution – have a golden opportunity to reverse these trends January 19th by voting for Scott Brown in the special Senate election.

Scott Brown’s election sends a huge message to Washington to reverse course and return to a more responsible and commonsense approach to governing.  Please vote (absentee ballots are now available at all MA Town Halls) and encourage like-minded friends and acquaintances to do the same.

This is a winnable election.  Vote for Scott Brown on January 19th and send a message.

Pete

Visit www.redmassgroup.com – Rasmussen just released poll:  Coakley 50% Brown 41%.  Among those “very certain to vote” the lead is only 2%. Also, Brown leads the unaffiliated 65% to 21%.

How to help – www.brownforussenate.com has all the information you need to volunteer making GOTV calls from one of nine offices statewide or from your own home.  Also, donations are always welcome.  With all the national attention the campaign is now receiving, you can be sure the D’s/Liberals/Progressives will pleading for cash.

Of course I have not forgotten that there is another worthy candidate in this race.  We were hoping to schedule a similar event in support of Joe L. Kennedy, Independent candidate in the Special Senate Election, but the campaign has not as of yet notified me.  To find out more about the Kennedy campaign, to volunteer and to donate, visit www.joekennedyforsenate.com.

Please note that while a few Tea Party groups across the nation have endorsed either Brown or Kennedy, the Greater Boston Tea Party has not endorsed either.  We are encouraging you to get informed, make your own decision and then get involved.  We want to have a say – this is our opportunity.

The Axis of Cluelessness in the War on Terror

From Guest Blogger Don Feder -

In trying to understand this administration’s surreal attempts to counter “man-caused disasters,” comparisons abound – Jerry Lewis, Don Knotts as Barney Fife, Steve Martin in “The Jerk,” Perhaps the most instructive is Peter Sellers as the hilariously bungling Inspector Clouseau in the second Pink Panther movie, “A Shot In The Dark.”

Substitute ideology for instinct, and that explains Obama’s farcical attempts to keep Americans safe from airborne Nigerian Muslims trying to earn their 72 virgins.

Consider the knee-jerk our president has put in charge of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Janet (“the system worked”) Napolitano – increasingly referred to as Janet Incompu-tano.

Napolitano and her boss are in perfect synch.

Don’t miss this brilliant and funny piece by Don Feder, a Tea Party favorite.

GrasstopsUSA.com

Brown-Coakley Analysis

Mike Rossettie @ RedMassGroup has the scoop.

In analysis, Brown and Coakley are a mere 2 points apart.

Real Clear Politics has done an elaborate statistical analysis of Demographic changes in the United States comparing the 2008 Presidential election to the 2009 Governor’s races in Virginia and New Jersey.

It is also a special election which changes the dynamics dramatically.  I did an analysis of the Scott Brown race turnout numbers and compared them to the Ogonowski special election in 2007 here. It also showed this special election well within reach.

Hmmm.  Waterloo?

New Year’s Resolution – To Remember

My 2010 New Year’s resolution – To Remember.

To remember what happened, to remember why we are fighting, to remember what we are fighting for, to remember to never forget, to remember to never give up. This is our country and they cannot have it, they cannot have us.  What they are fighting for so far, far away, we must fight for here at home.  Join us.

Remember me.

What’s yours?