Ferris Anderson Unit 75, Mineral Wells
There can be more than one tea party candidate
In recent weeks we have noticed some members of the media and others in conservative political circles claim that Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst’s tea party support is not authentic or limited.
We took exception to that because we are authentic tea party activists across the state. We are also conservative workers and volunteers in Republican, 9/12, We The People and Liberty groups; most of which would be considered “tea party” by the media and those who know us. Our friends and family would consider us “tea party” people.
You may not recognize every name, we may not have leadership titles, we may not have a coalition of tea party leaders, but we are no less authentic.
You may not see us walking the halls at the Capitol in Austin, or recognize us when we do visit our elected officials. Our names may or may not appear in the media. We still are valued participants in the conservative movement known as the “tea party.”
We have jobs, own businesses, are stay at home moms or dads, students and retirees. We don’t have the luxury of going to Austin on a regular basis during the legislative session. Some of us have health issues and cannot travel easily. Some of us simply cannot afford multiple trips to our Capitol, but we are paying attention. We are contacting our elected officials, and we are highly engaged in the political process.
When the tea party movement started we didn’t know that to be considered “authentic” we had to have a title, umbrella group or even a tea party in our towns to be considered tea party. We were people who aligned with the tea party principles. We were and still are authentic, grassroots workers from a broad spectrum of backgrounds and affiliations.