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Working with Republican leaders from across the state, Scott McInnis has made incredible strides in Colorado towards unifying the Republican Party around a governing platform of Conservative principles based on limited government, and fiscal accountability. Scott has not taken these early strides for granted, and continues to work hard to earn the votes and support of every Coloradan, from Conservative Democrats to TEA Party groups.
Yesterday in an interview on the FOX News Channel, Scott spoke about his campaign’s early success in rallying support against the Democrat Governor Bill Ritter. FOX News implied that Scott is the TEA Party candidate. This however was not accurate. Scott has never implied the endorsement of the TEA Party organization, and would not be so presumptive to claim an endorsement that doesn’t exist.
Watch the interview and take into account what Scott says. He acknowledges the importance of the TEA Party movement, and talks about how he is working to earn their support.
In reply to Neil Cavuto’s question, Scott says, “The message of fiscal responsibility and downsizing government has really grabbed hold here. And the Tea Party organizations, the 9-12 organizations have risen in the spirit of this kind of message and they want to see delivery. Frankly we think we have to earn every vote out there, and we’re working very hard to do that.”
Scott has a great deal of respect for the TEA Party groups, and recognizes the significance of their contribution to the discussion taking place around conservative values and governing principles that will get Colorado back on track to prosperity.
He would be honored to have these groups join in with his campaign’s growing coalition of support and will continue to work hard for their votes just as he continues to work for the votes of every Coloradan.
**Update–Tea Parties and McInnis camp respond:
I have confirmation from all three groups, including several 9/12 related groups, that the movement of Colorado strongly opposes McInnis and his run for Governor.
I contacted the McInnis campaign and was told that he had nothing to do with the inaccurate title. Josh Green, a press contact for the campaign, told me that Fox News assumed the title based on the Wall Street Journal piece, and the campaign was not aware of it until the show began.
Speaking about McInnis and the “Tea Party Candidate” title on Fox News, Josh said “he never insinuated such a thing.” Josh also confirmed that it was not, nor has it ever been an official campaign statement.
I asked if McInnis supported the tea party movement and was told he strongly supports the ideas behind the movement and applauds the effort.
The problem is that McInnis never corrected Cavuto on air, even after multiple repetitions by Cavuto that did more than “insinuate” that McInnis was backed by the Tea Parties. The statement of GOP unity IS something McInnis claims on his campaign website.
Scott McInnis is touting the “Platform for Prosperity” and claims unity on his own website, and during his appearance on Fox News host Neil Cavuto’s show today was dubbed the “Tea Party backed candidate in Colorado”:
Reality on the ground, however, seems quite different (all emphasis in the original):
From: Lesley Hollywood
Sent: Wednesday, December 02, 2009 9:57 AM
Subject: Concerned citizen, very concerned
My name is Lesley Hollywood. I am the leader of the Northern Colorado Tea Party.
I am writing to express my extreme disgust with what is happening right here in Colorado with the GOP. My disgust lies primarily with Scott McInnis & Jane Norton, the state GOP, and the blatant hijacking of the Tea Party. Myself and my fellow Tea Partiers will not be swayed by a “Platform for Prosperity”. This is nothing but a propaganda tool and we are hip to it. Obama is the king of propaganda and it has been overdone. He has proven that propaganda means nothing. Rhetoric means nothing. We are sick and tired of playing “politics as usual” and this is a recipe for disaster in 2010.
The Tea Party and 912 groups are NOT part of the GOP. Many of us may be “Republican” by registration (myself included), but this is only to participate in the caucuses. As the Democratic party has shifted farther left, the Republican party is becoming the old Democratic party…..a party I was never part of, never wanted to be, and never will be. This is driving voters by the tens of thousands into the Tea Party and 912 organizations (2.1 million people in DC on 9-12). We the People will not be co-opted into voting for RINOS such as McInnis and Norton.
“At the end of the day, the tea partiers don’t have anywhere else to go,” said Eric Sondermann, an independent political consultant in Denver. “If they show up at the polls next year, it won’t be to pull the Democratic lever.”
I hope you realize that NO ONE will hold their noses and vote for the RINOs in 2010. Not this time. And Eric Sondermann is right, we won’t vote for the Democrat either. But instead we just won’t be voting in the specific race – we will leave the ballot blank. In 2010 it will be “Principle over Party” or nothing at all. Regardless if a RINO wins or a Democrat wins – We the People will lose.
We have spent the summer and the fall fighting the Democrats, fighting for our freedoms which are under attack. I myself spent 1 hour in a private meeting with Congresswoman Betsy Markey in August. I have organized many protests and letter writing campaigns with enormous success. Just this past Monday, I hand delivered over 2,100 hand written letters to Rep Markey, Senator Bennet, and Senator Udall – all in opposition to the healthcare reform legislation. I have been called a racist to my face three time in the past months. I have been called a domestic terrorist by my own brother in law. I have dealt with heat that I never knew I could handle. But now nothing will slow me down, especially not the GOP.
Do be aware that the underground movement of the Colorado Tea Party and 912 organizations is larger and more active than anyone could possibly realize. Just last night I attended a state leadership meeting in Colorado Springs, of which approx 60 leaders from all over the state attended – from places as far as Grand Junction and Steamboat Springs (and of course, Northern Colorado). And this is only a small portion of the statewide leaders whom have networks reaching well over 100,000 voters in Colorado (and growing faster than I ever thought possible.) By March, when caucusing begins, who knows how many voters we will have within OUR grasp. Who knows how many will have attended the Caucus Strategy Trainings that are taking place statewide…..
If the Colorado GOP wants a victory in 2010, you need to listen to the Tea Party, not hijack the Tea Party. It would be awful to have a repeat of NY-23, but it would not be a mistake if the state GOP continues on this path…..
I would appreciate it if you would take the time to meet with myself and my fellow leaders. Please contact me in regards to setting up this meeting. [contact info removed--ed.] I would like to work together in the future and I look forward to hearing back from you.
Northern Colorado Tea Party
The dust is apparently far from settled, despite what McInnis or his supporters may wish.
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