Tea Party group hopes to hold new lawmakers' feet to the fire - in a "supportive" way
January 3rd, 2011
05:59 PM ET
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Tea Party group hopes to hold new lawmakers' feet to the fire - in a "supportive" way

Washington (CNN) - A prominent Tea Party group intends to send a message to those lawmakers it helped elect: we intend to hold your feet to the fire – in a "supportive way."

That will be the intended message from the Tea Party Express as it holds an upcoming town-hall-style meeting in Washington. Details of the event are still being worked out. There is no firm date yet, though it could be held in the middle of January, a spokesman for the Express told CNN on Monday. One item the group is clear on is the event's goal.


It's designed to "…make sure that the Tea Party members are on the same page with the people that are duly elected, you know, going forward for the next two years," Express spokesman Levi Russell said.

And the message to those lawmakers it helped elect? "We all worked hard to get you guys into office," Russell said. He added that the intent is to "start off with an attitude of transparency and open communications."

That communication, at the event, would be between Tea Party activists and those lawmakers who won their seats partly with Tea Party help. The Express intends to invite Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and Kentucky Sen.-elect Rand Paul, both darlings of the Tea Party movement, along with other conservatives in Congress and possibly even Democrats.

CNN contacted staff for Bachmann and Paul. Neither confirmed the lawmakers' attendance at the Tea Party event.

In December CNN and the Tea Party Express announced that both groups will co-host a first-of-its-kind presidential primary debate. The Tea Party debate, featuring 2012 Republican presidential candidates, is scheduled for Labor Day week 2011. It will take place in Tampa, Florida – the site of the 2012 Republican National Convention.


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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. bob

    These are not grass roots groups. They are being organized from the top down by big money Republicans. Let's stop this madness.

    January 3, 2011 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  2. Shannon

    Why do these crazy people think they have any kind of mandate to control this country. President Obama won with millions of votes, and the Republicans did nothing but try to undermine him, and refused to recognize that he was elected by the majority of the people. Now in a midterm election, with a mediocre turnout, these people think they have the right to speak for all Americans. These people don't represent me, their ideas are insane, and they are truly a threat to this country.

    January 3, 2011 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  3. PalmReader

    It's designed to "…make sure that the Tea Party members are on the same page with the people that are duly elected, you know, going forward for the next two years," Express spokesman Levi Russell said.
    --------
    Do the TeaPers even know what it is that they really want, except the power to force those they elected to THEIR will ... whatever that will may be? Blackmail with your tea, GOPers, because it looks like payback is going to be a hell none of you could have invisioned when you all first hopped aboard Sarah Palin's TeaPer Express. BTW, I am NOT a TeaPer, and I expect MY will to be considered, as well. Just saying.

    January 3, 2011 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  4. Peter s

    How will they read the bills if they cannot read and write? this will be the most interesting congress in the American history! its a blessing in disguise to the Chinese people!!

    January 3, 2011 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  5. Pennsylvania Super Patriot Deluxe

    Michele Bachman? the same Michele Bachman who has recieved over $250,000 from the government in Farm Subsidies for her Family? really. that's the best spokesperson for this?

    January 3, 2011 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  6. Joe

    Minds Wide Open:
    Holy God is showing us by the words of 2 Peter 3:8 that he wants us to know that exactly 7,000 years after he destroyed the world with water in Noah's day, He plans to destroy the entire world forever. Because the year 2011 A.D. is exactly 7,000 years after 4990 B.C when the flood waters began, the Bible has given us absolute proof that the year 2011 is the end of the world during the Day of Judgment, which will come on the last day of the Day of Judgment.

    January 3, 2011 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "It's designed to "…make sure that the Tea Party members are on the same page with the people that are duly elected, you know, going forward for the next two years,"

    It's designed to "…make sure that the Tea Party members are accurately providing the appropriate political cover for the GOP's clown car full of planned partisan shenanigans over the next two years"

    Fixed.

    January 3, 2011 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  8. Video Guy

    I expect my Tea Party folks to end this crap and work with White House and the Democrats to clean us this mess the GOP has put us in. No More Party of NO. I am expecting a lot of give and take. A lot of "Yes Mr President what can we do now to help"? I know I am dreaming, but the party of hate has to stop.

    January 3, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  9. Educator 36

    Just wondering, how many Tea Party activitists receive federal and state assistance checks, disability, social security, medicare, medicaid, food stamps, Section 8, SSI, corporate, government and military pensions, free life insurance, health insurance for life, etc., etc? Isn't it itme they give it all back?

    January 3, 2011 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  10. Patrick from Minnesota

    The tea party is officially the extremist sect of the GOP since all their endorsed candidates were Republican. No real Democrat would be foolish enough to vote for these insomniacs.

    January 3, 2011 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  11. D. Bunker

    Behold your so-called "liberal" media partnering up with nutjob extremists. I'll look forward to the CNN/Green Party debates.

    January 3, 2011 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  12. dwayne

    Republicans plan additional tax cuts for billionaires and increased deficit.

    January 3, 2011 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  13. dwayne

    Oil and coal corps convince republicans climate change is not an issue. CONTRIBUTIONS I GUESS.

    January 3, 2011 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  14. Chipster

    Paul wants to repeal the Civil Rights Act and Bachman thinks that income taxes equate to slavery. They both plan to retire on their fat pensions and permanent health care coverage! Do they plan to cut spending by laying off some of their staff members? relinquishing their tax-payer paid health care, perks, and retirement? Yet, they support cutting the pitifully inadequate Social Security for seniors who paid into the program for decades and increasing the retirement age well beyond the years that companies plan to let them go! Cut spending? Baloney!

    January 3, 2011 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  15. GonzoinHouston

    Let's try to keep track of how many meetings between lawmakers and TP leaders are closed to the public. Open communication? Yeah, right. The TP will get a lot of public promises and absolutely nothing of substance in law. They will have one big prize to brag about, though. They will find some pretext and some way to shut down the government for a day or two, then claim it as proof of their power.

    January 3, 2011 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |