Tuesday, October 19, 2010

BlueRidgeForum » Tea Party Meet: Co-option Concerns — But Tough Proposals

BlueRidgeForum » Tea Party Meet: Co-option Concerns — But Tough Proposals

Tea Party Meet: Co-option Concerns — But Tough Proposals

“‘Is the governor going to fight for limited government, or is he going to be soft on limited government? You hear a lot of chatter about it. But let me just say this: The governor was elected for limited government and lower taxes. He needs to follow that,” said Ron Wilcox of Fairfax County, founder of the Northern Virginia Tea Party. ‘There’s been some troubling signs. I won’t deny that. But there’s still time.’” - - The Washington Post

The Washington Post’s Anita Kumar highlights a growing concern among grass-roots conservatives in her report late yesterday evening “At Va. tea party gathering, insurgents worry GOP will ‘co-opt the movement’ ” - -

“‘Some number of elected officials make sense, but we don’t want to come off like this is the establishment,’ said Dan Arnold, chairman of the Manassas Tea Party, which formed in April and boasts more than 200 members. ‘Our job is to hold the establishment accountable.’

The tea party, still in its infancy in Virginia, includes many members who supported McDonnell and fellow Republicans Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II last year but still consider themselves independents or libertarians. Some even voted for Democrats in past years.

‘Some in our group are worried it will be too much of a Republican show and they are letting Republicans control it,’ said Robert Alexander of Newport News, one of the organizers of the Peninsula Tea Party, which was created on tax day in 2009. ‘Everyone is concerned the Republicans are going to co-opt the movement.’” (Underscoring Forum’s.)

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