“On 8/28/10, the Independence Hall Tea Party sent 28 buses carrying over 1500 Patriots to Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor Rally. No other group sent more.”
“In 2010, we contributed over $16,000 to our endorsed candidates. That amount topped any other regional, state, or local Tea Party PAC in the Country. Only Tea Party Express PAC gave more.”
“Independence Hall Tea Party PAC Executive Board
“President, Don Adams (PA)
“Vice President for Delaware, Kevin Street
“Vice President for New Jersey, Bill Green
“Vice President for Pennsylvania, Sean Carpenter
“Secretary/Treasurer, Carol Reighn (NJ)”
“Mitt Romney is the choice of nearly one in four of those who agree with the tenets of the tea party, according to a new Pew poll, a surprising result that suggests the former Massachusetts governor’s support heading into 2012 may be broader than previously assumed.
“Among tea party supporters, Romney took 24 percent to 19 percent for former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, 15 percent for former House speaker Newt Gingrich and 13 percent for Texas Rep. Ron Paul. Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, long considered the tea party’s 2012 candidate-in-waiting, took just 12 percent — another piece of evidence that the 2008 vice presidential nominee’s support is fading...
“The Pew poll comes less than two weeks after a Washington Post/ABC News survey showed Romney running strong among the party’s conservatives; more than seven in 10 Republicans who described themselves as “very” conservative had a favorable opinion of Romney.
“In the Pew survey, Romney’s numbers are not only strong among tea party types but across the board. He took 20 percent among self-identified conservatives — tied with Huckabee for first — and 23 percent among moderate-to-liberal GOPers. The only group where Romney lagged even slightly was among white evangelical Protestants, where he received 15 percent to Huckabee’s 29 percemt.”
“Though many tea partiers across the country have expressed frustration that Mitt Romney hasn’t made much of an effort to get to know them, one well-known tea party group announced on Monday that they’re backing him in the Republican presidential race.
“The former governor of Massachusetts picked up the support of The Memphis TEA Party, the group’s chairman, Mark Skoda, said on Monday.
“ “The tea party movement is a big tent and many states lie ahead to the final nomination,” he said. “We believe Mitt Romney is the best candidate to contend with Barack Obama in the general election.”
“ “He has the skill, the organization and the resources to win back the presidency and begin to align the government with those three core principles of the movement,” Skoda continued. “We are pleased to endorse his candidacy.”
“Skoda, a radio host, may be familiar to a national audience because of the large role he played in helping to organize the much-covered Tea Party National Convention in Nashville in 2010.”
More Excerpts, with link to full press release:
“The Memphis TEA Party announced today that it is endorsing former Governor Mitt Romney for President of the United States. We believe Romney is best positioned to beat Obama and help repair the economy...
“The tea party movement launched on the basis of excessive spending by government... the movement adopted three core values in uniting many conservatives. Those are fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government and free markets...
“We believe Mitt Romney is the best candidate to contend with Barack Obama in the general election. He has the skill, the organization and the resources to win back the presidency and begin to align the government with those three core principles of the movement. We are pleased to endorse his candidacy.”
“Mitt Romney today announced the support of Tea Party leaders in Michigan...
“Maribeth Schmidt, Co-Founder Of Rattle With Us: “As a mother of three and a Tea Party activist, my main concern is the 15 trillion dollar debt and I believe that Governor Romney has it right when he says that he will look at every government program and ask two questions: ‘Can we afford it?’ and if not, ‘Is it important enough to borrow money from China for?’ His positions on the national debt, Right to Work, domestic energy, and reducing the wages of government employees to match the private sector are why I am supporting him in Tuesday’s primary.”
“Dennis Moore, Founder/Former Director-Willow Run Tea Party Caucus: “Leaders lead without putting a wetted finger in the air seeking consensus. Mitt Romney will be a ‘Reaganesque’ president. I could not in good conscience watch as the Tea Party invokes a litmus test that Ronald Reagan himself would have failed. So I led by personally endorsing Mitt Romney. This country needs Mitt Romney!”
“Leisa Audette And Patty McMurray, Red Heels On The Ground: “We are two stay-at-home moms who are very active in the Tea Party and grassroots movement in Michigan. We are dedicated to ensuring that our children will have the same opportunities that our generation was afforded. Unless the right candidate is elected in the upcoming Presidential race, they will never have that privilege. We’ve burdened them with a national debt and tax structure that only a serious candidate with exceptional business experience and proven successes will be able to turn around. We need a president that will not divide us but instead, unite us with our common belief in American exceptionalism. We believe that Mitt Romney is the only candidate who has the ability to accomplish all of these things, because we feel that he sincerely believes in the greatness of America!”
“Rose Drouillard, Brighton Tea Party Board Member: “Prior to the Romney Tea Party event last night at Bakers in Milford, I was vacillating between two candidates. After a day of careful consideration of Gov. Romney’s presentation, I am personally endorsing Governor Mitt Romney for President because I believe he is the candidate that has the best chance to defeat President Obama. If he follows through with everything that he spoke about in his presentation, our country will be able to change course and be the exceptional nation we once were.”
“• James Walters - Chair of the Citizen Tea Party Coalition,
Past board member of Ohio Right to Life
“• Jon Hensler - Board Member of the Jackson County Tea Party
“• Susan McLaughlin - Board Member of the Liberty Township Tea Party
“• Shelly Huntington - Montgomery County Tea Party activist”
Grass Roots Tea Party Support
Mitt Romney's wins have been with tea party support. E.g.:
Tea Party Support - New Hampshire Exit Poll
Tea Party Support - Nevada Exit Poll
Christine O’Donnell, the former Republican Senate candidate and a tea party favorite during the 2010 election, has officially endorsed Mitt Romney for president...
“I’m very happy,” she added. “This is not anti-[Newt] Gingrich or anyone else, it’s a pro Gov. Romney endorsement...
O’Donnell made clear that the Romney campaign did not “come to her,” and that she went to the campaign. She said she would be willing to go out and campaign for Romney.
Announcing her support, Christine O’Donnell said, “For me, this endorsement comes down to trust. I am endorsing Governor Romney because I trust him to do the right thing. He has the strength of conviction to do the right thing regardless of opposition. America needs a president who is not a Washington Insider. America needs a president who hasn't been playing the game for the last three decades. America needs a president who can turn our economy around, put Americans back to work, and will lead with stability, integrity and the values that we hold dear. I am confident Mitt Romney will be that president.”
Christine O’Donnell, the former Republican Senate candidate and a Tea Party favorite during the 2010 election, said in an exclusive interview with ABC News that she has not only given money to presidential candidate Mitt Romney but also says she doesn’t think he is getting a “getting a fair shake” from those within her own movement...
“I hope the fact that I stood up to the liberal establishment within my own party gives me the bona fides among conservatives to say this,” said O’Donnell. “I find the tone and nastiness of some of the things circulating around the internet about Romney extremely offensive.” ...
“Yes, I contributed to Romney,” she said. “While I am still undecided, I am leaning more and more towards Romney. Voters are craving strong leadership, Romney has it.”
“Right now, I’m 70 percent behind Romney,” she said. “I will absolutely max out if he’s the nominee.”
“It’s almost like we conservatives have to apologize for it, but we like him,” said O’Donnell of those in the Tea Party movement who favor Romney...
“In the midst of such turmoil and uncertainty, it’s comforting that he’s strong, solid and stands as an unmovable Oak tree in the middle of a raging storm.”
CONSERVATIVES WHO HAVE ENDORSED MITT ROMNEY »
“State Treasurer Curtis Loftis, one of the most tea party-friendly elected officials in the Palmetto State, told CNN Sunday that he will chair Romney’s presidential campaign in state.
“ "He is the guy who reflects my values and has the greatest chance of taking back the White House in 2012," Loftis said in a phone interview.
“Loftis praised Romney's private sector experience and said he is more electable than the rest of the Republican candidates currently seeking the White House, including two with strong footholds in South Carolina: Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann.”
“Mitt Romney has the experience and record South Carolina voters are looking for in the next president. He has worked in the real economy and created jobs and cut spending as governor. These are the qualities that South Carolinians want in the person to replace President Obama and his failed policies.”
“Unlike President Obama, Mitt Romney will conduct a foreign policy that acknowledges America’s exceptional role in the world, and he will do so with clarity and resolve. In a Romney administration, our friends will never question where we stand – and neither will our adversaries.”
“I think [Romney] is the one man who could send Barack Obama back to Chicago,” he told The Daily Caller while waiting for Romney to arrive at a rally here Wednesday. “He’s the most electable conservative, he’s honorable, he’s a faithful man, and he’s a man who I think South Carolina’s going to embrace on Saturday.” ...
“Every time I see him, I bring a problem from my desk, a financial problem,” Loftis said. “Every time he listens, he asks good questions, he’ll lean back. He’s very analytical, and he gets me a solution — every single time... The economy is in crisis, the government is in freefall. Neither liberals nor conservatives trust our government. We need a leader, and that’s Mitt Romney.”
“We need a reliable leader with a lifetime of leadership experience, not another president who spent his life in politics. Mitt Romney will lead our country down a different path than the continued failure pursued by our current administration. With unemployment near ten percent in South Carolina, our state cannot afford more big-spending, job-killing policies from this administration. Mitt Romney will cut spending, lessen the regulatory burden, and create an environment that will allow businesses to grow and hire. I urge South Carolinians to get to the polls on Saturday and vote for Mitt Romney – it will be a vote for change in Washington.”
Mitt Romney has Largest Backing from the Tea Party Caucus
The Tea Party Caucus, which was formed by Michelle Bachman, is comprised of several house members.
As of January 2012, Mitt Romney had the backing of 9 Tea Party Caucus members.
The only other presidential candidate to have backing from any tea party caucus members is Newt Gingrich. Just as in his total backing, half of his tea party backing is from his home state, where 3 Georgia Representatives support him. However, all three of those representatives endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2008 primary, and probably would have again if they didn't have a home state presidential candidate.
Tea Party Caucus Members endorsing Mitt Romney:
• Rep. Sandy Adams (R-FL)
• Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-LA)
• Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT)
• Rep. Diane Black (R-TN)
• Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC)
• Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL)
• Rep. Wally Herger (R-CA)
• Rep. (David) Phil Roe (R-TN-1)
• Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX)
CONGRESSIONAL ENDORSEMENTS OF MITT ROMNEY »
Tea Party Caucus Members endorsing Newt Gingrich:
• Rep. Joe Barton (TX-06)
• Rep. Michael Burgess (TX-26)
• Rep. Trent Franks (AZ-02)
• Rep. Phil Gingrey (GA-11)
• Rep. Tom Price (GA-06)
• Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (GA-03)
All members of the Tea Party Caucus: