A wrap-up note about the February 22nd Tucson Tea Party event. Many "ThankYou's " and a note about lessons learned........
The Tucson Tea Party would like to sincerely thank it's exceptional
volunteers, security staff, Trent and Jennifer Humphries, the Sabbar Shrine,
our wonderful donors, and it's members and event attendees, for allowing us to
let various candidates for Congress, along with Rick Santorum, speak to you
this past Wednesday. All of these candidates appear to be fired up for their
respective races. Safety at our events is of primary importance. Safety, not
from our own conservative members, but from those that might choose to use our
events to harm the conservative movement. We are proud of our association with
the fine members of the "WarriorSchool" who provided security for this
We were particularly encouraged at the passion and commitment expressed by the
Congressional candidates in attendance. Of pressing importance to the Tucson
Tea Party is the upcoming "off-cycle" Congressional District 8 Special
Election. The outcome of this race will be viewed by the entire nation,
separate and distinct from other congressional races. The measure of success or
failure on the part of our conservative community here, in your backyard, will
ricochet across the country and measurably influence the fall general
election.Your vote for President- 1 in 90,000,000. Your vote in Congressional
District 8-1 in 303,000 with a margin of difference of a few thousand votes. A
solid defeat of any candidate in this race loyal to the
Obama/Reid/Pelosi/Grijalva/Rodgers "Tax and Spend" agenda will signal to the
nation, that the tide has turned. Tucson Tea Party members can and will impact
the results of this race.
We appreciate the appearance by Rick Santorum. He gave us a fiery speech. Tucson
Tea Party members are independent minded, intelligent voters, who cover a wide
swath of the "right of center" political spectrum. Those that paint our members
as "right wing" extremists do not know our group. We are confidant that you
will weigh Mr. Santorum's political history and experience with the experience
and views of the other candidates for President. One speech does not a
candidate make. It's incumbent upon each and every one of us to carefully weigh
each of the candidates for President and make a choice that reflects our
conservative values. No candidate is perfect. Each has their strengths and
limitations. All are a better alternative to our current President. We believe
that all of the candidates for President would have welcomed speaking to our
group, had their schedules permitted. Nonetheless, we appreciate that Rick
Santorum asked for a chance to speak to you.
We apologize for not having room to accommodate all that wished to attend.
Inside meeting space is not cheap. Our limited budget precluded a larger space.
The lesson learned? Ask our members for a little help in advance as it relates
to space rental, and deposits. They always come through for us. A larger venue may have been possible, had we done this.
Again, we are thankful that you allow us to serve you. Stay tuned for some
exciting upcoming announcements.
Tucson Tea Party