Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Virginia Tea Party Picks Stewart and Obenshain

For those who doubt that the Tea Party is, or the Tea Parties are, a grassroots development not controlled by any sinister robber-baron types, here's evidence that the different Tea Parties don't necessarily back the same candidates in the same elections. From the Virginia Tea Party Federation:

"Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation and Middle Resolution Select Corey Stewart for Lieutenant Governor and Mark Obenshain for Attorney General

For Immediate Release April 29, 2013

(Richmond, VA) – “Corey Stewart placed first in the joint Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation/Middle Resolution comprehensive Lieutenant Governor candidate vetting process, held on April 26-27,” said Mark Daugherty, Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation Chairman. 

“Senator Mark Obenshain earned first place in the Attorney General candidate vetting competition,” Daugherty added.

Angie Parker, Executive Director of Middle Resolution PAC, noted, “The Lieutenant Governor race has been very competitive with a field of excellent candidates. We are pleased that Corey Stewart demonstrated a strong grasp of the constitutional principles of limited government and individual liberty during his questioning. Furthermore, Mr. Stewart has a well-organized and well-financed campaign.” Parker added, “Senator Mark Obenshain delivered an outstanding performance during his interview. This proven strength, combined with a vigorous statewide campaign, places Mark in a good position for both the May 18th nominating convention and November 5th general election.”

Over 200 Virginia Tea Party and Middle Resolution members from 31 groups across the state took part in the vetting session, each completing scorecards based on the candidates’ responses during live interviews. Identical questions on constitutional principles principles, policy, and political philosophy were asked of each candidate; candidates were not given questions beforehand. Campaign viability was also factored into the evaluation.

Participating Tea Party groups and Middle Resolution members will share the knowledge gained from the two-day vetting process with over 1,000 convention delegates from their respective groups. These delegates will then support Corey Stewart and Mark Obenshain for Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General, respectively, at the May 17-18th Republican Nominating Convention in Richmond where a multiple ballot process will lead to the selection of a Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor and a single ballot process will determine the Republican nominee for Attorney General.

The Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation is a coalition of 46 independent Tea Party and patriot groups that stand for fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free market principles.

Founded in Richmond, Virginia, Middle Resolution PAC helps elect leaders who are committed to restoring individual rights and limited government as described in the U.S. Constitution. Middle Resolution also holds legislators accountable once in office, following all necessary voting records.

Please visit www.virginiateapartypatriots.com and www.middleresolution.org. for more information.
Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation Contact: Mark Daugherty (540) 885-5627
Email: trail100liberty@gmail.com

Middle Resolution PAC Contact: Angie Parker (804) 746-1508
Email: angie@middleresolution.org

Please note: "The candidates that scored the highest in the intensive vetting process were the ones that the committee selected to support. This process included a wide array of questions, the answers for which were scored by over 200 representatives of more than 30 member tea parties. The totals were checked and then double checked, and the winners selected were the candidates who scored the highest."

Learn more about the top-ranked candidates Corey Stewart here: http://www.coreystewart.com/ and Mark Obenshain here: http://www.markobenshain.com/
"Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty." - Thomas Jefferson Virginia Tea Party Patriots www.virginiateapartypatriots.com Danville Patriots http://danvillepatriots.com/ "

Here's a list of Senator Obenshain's accomplishments last winter: