The news (from a press release):
October 18, 2010I can't tell you how proud I am of these guys and gals. The Tea Party coalition might simply have gone off and shouted, "A pox on both your houses," and become some third-party conglomeration of malcontents - like the Green Party - with no clout and little following.
Tea Party Patriot Coalition of Southwest Virginia Signs Mutual Pledge of Support with District 9 Republican Candidate Morgan Griffith
Wytheville,VA - A coalition of Tea Party Patriots from Wytheville, Abingdon/Bristol,the New River Valley, Jeffersonville District, Wise County and Galax/Fancy Gap, spanning virtually every region of the Fightin' 9th Congressional District--an area larger than the state of New Jersey--convened on Thursday evening, October 14th to formally pledge their support for Morgan Griffith's run for Democrat Rick Boucher's seat.
The formal signing of the mutual pledge came on the heels of an Open Forum event hosted by The 10th Amendment Foundation (www.10thamendmentfoundation.org)at the George Wythe High School. In a letter to 10AF dated September 10th, begging off on grounds that Congress would be in session, Congressman Boucher formally declined his participation. Casting the deciding vote to end the session early on September 29th, Boucher continued to turn down follow-up invitations keeping his record for the entire election season unbroken for no scheduled Town Halls.
Inexplicably, Independent Candidate Jeremiah Heaton followed Boucher's lead and declined to attend without informing 10AF event organizer, Richard Macbeth. "We heard from the Bristol Herald Courier that Mr. Heaton had objections to the 'empty seat' that would take Mr. Boucher's place," said Macbeth,"however he failed to inform me of his decision. The show must go on--and it did." A taped recording of "The Chicken Dance" from an anonymous member of the audience kept the crowd of 250 attendees entertained when Mr. Boucher and Mr. Heaton failed to appear when called on to answer questions earlier drawn from the crowd.
"This has been the chronic complaint of our district," said Jeffersonville Tea Party organizer, Diane Altizer. "The continued arrogance that characterizes this congressman and the current administration is off the charts. Along with several other issues that are critical to our movement, Morgan Griffith has pledged to be accessible to the Tea Party as our representative."
But to work inside the system, the Tea Parties have made it clear that they intend to be soldiers in the battle that rages to rescue our country from the liberal savages who seized control of the United States of America decades ago and who have brought it to the brink of ruin. True patriots who will rescue the GOP from itself in the process, I might add.
As for Griffith, this is the shot in the arm that his campaign needed. Hundreds of new voices - loud, enthusiastic voices - will be added to the ongoing chant: We're mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore! Throw the bum out!
And vote for Morgan Griffith on November 2.
To those who made this happen: You guys ROCK!