On Sunday, February 26th, the North Carolina State Chairman of the Republican Party met with TEA Party “leaders” to discuss coordination between the two groups. I invited Scott Hurley to film the meeting and I also filmed the entire event. A portion of the meeting from Scott is shown below. After the video is a copy of the plan that Christine Gates handed out to everyone in attendance. I did not make any spelling or grammatical changes to the document.
This meeting was not announced on NCFreedom.us since it was only open to “leaders” submitted by Dr. Johnson from Christine Gates.
From: Christine Gates (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon, February 7, 2011 7:01:44 PM
Subject: My suggestion for TEA / GOP bridge building
Dear Dr. Johnson,
Since communication is key in the task of bridge building between the GOP and the TEA Parties. There has been talk of setting up various hierarchies of groups to communicate directly with the GOP in Raliegh. I have a simple solution.
I strongly recommend that each local TEA Party* group begin building strong relationships with OUR OWN Senator and House member. So that we can consult with and make known our positions on issues as they arise – information sharing. This is the bottom up approach to building the bridge. We need to be in regular contact with our elected state officials to offer opinions we have and answer questions from them. We need to make it clear to our TEA Party members that they should not be shy about calling and emailing elected officials. “Freedom requires eternal vigilance.”
Keep it simple.
I think it is incumbent on Robin Hayes, the self-avowed bridge builder, to facilitate plan for the top down, as well. We, the TEA Party groups, need to win over Robin Hayes with logic and depth of knowledge on issues. Some of our elected officials need to get the official “ok” from Party leadership to comfortably be able to come to meetings, get on our mailing lists, and get to know us better. We are not what the media portrays us to be. Tim Johnson is THE MAN to skillfully direct this plan from his dual positions in both organizations.
We won’t all agree 100% of the time, but we can at least get the full court press dialog started – today! If Mr. Hayes wants to build bridges, then let’s do it!
The check and balance here is that every member within TEA Party groups needs to be aware of the information that is being transmitted to their already elected officials (via email, websites, summaries at meetings). If the members don’t like what their TEA Party leader is telling their Senator/Assemblyman – then get a new local TEA leader. If the group members and citizens don’t like the voting record of the Senator/Assemblyman in Raleigh – vote them out. It all stays local. I don’t have the time to chase the bullshit all over the state within hierarchies.
This is effective. Keep it simple.
This plan pushes the county GOP Chairs to find good candidates and be active in their communities. If we urge our grassroots members to individually donate to the best candidate, the one that embodies this movement, in the primary, then the GOP becomes marginalized. TEA Party groups can be a source of money for GOOD candidates, not the Party. If we help find good candidates to run in the Primaries, we become effective for the greater good. SMALLER GOVERNMENT. We can make noise for the candidates. We can form a few PAC’s across the state to run support ads and fundraisers for candidates. If we get them elected in May, then we freakin’ win! We win it all!!!! But the candidates still get to have an orthodox (R) after their name on the ballot.
As a last note, I can provide a list of contact information for about 75 groups across the state, if you would like it. I suggest getting other lists from other groups to make sure you have everyone. Mr. Hayes, or you, can simply email the group to ask for opinions on specific issues. Send out a survey questions. Poll Daddy will allow 10 questions a month. It’s free.
*TEA Party includes 912Project, We the People, and Campaign for Liberty minded groups. But the term TEA Party is going to be used generically in this case.
Christine Gates 🙂
Founder, Caldwell TEA Party
“Silence gives consent.” ~Pope Boniface VII
“Evil flourishes when good men do nothing.” ~Sir Edmund Burke
“The greatest tyrannies are always perpetuated in the name of the noblest causes.” –Thomas Paine
“History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.” –Dwight D. Eisenhower