The Republican Party of Leon County has notified their Democrat Party counterparts that they will likely pursue legal action against them over a recent campaign mailer. The letter signed by Leon GOP Vice Chairman of Political Affairs William Helmich states that Republican Party officials will likely pursue legal action against the Democrats for using the “the official logo of the Republican Party, the use of which is unauthorized.”
The mailing (pictured below) was apparently sent to area Democrats to urge them to vote against Tallahassee City Commission candidate Steve Stewart. Though the race is nonpartisan, Stewart is a registered Republican who is running against prominent Democrat (and former state party chairman) Scott Maddox. Continue reading
I got a call today from someone who is supporting Steve Stewart for City Commission here in Tallahassee. They asked me, as one of the founders of the Tallahassee Tea Party, to make it public that Steve Stewart is not a member of the tea party. What I learned is that one of Stewart’s opponents, Scott Maddox, held a bizarre press conference today and blasted Stewart for being a member of the tea party.
Oh, the pandemonium!
This whole episode is telling. This person, who identifies with the tea party herself, feels the tea party must have such a negative perception among Tallahassee voters that she was nervous that Stewart would be grouped in with the tea party and that there would be a backlash against him from independent voters.
I had to stop her and tell her – let’s not forget – the tea party is not a political party. Heck, it’s not even partisan! The tea party is a movement of ideas built on the constitutional principles of limited government, personal responsibility, and fiscal conservatism. The last time I looked, these are not conservative or liberal principles. These are bedrock American principles that more than 70% of Americans agree with. And those that don’t agree with them are fiercely opposed to the U.S. Constitution itself. These principles are what make this constitutional republic what it is! Continue reading