First on CNN: Amy Kremer resigns from Tea Party Express
April 18th, 2014
08:13 AM ET
5 months ago

First on CNN: Amy Kremer resigns from Tea Party Express

Updated 10:14 a.m. ET, 4/18/2014

(CNN) – Amy Kremer, the Tea Party Express chairman who's played a major role in elections for the past five years, is resigning.

"This has been a really difficult decision for me, but the time has come for me to leave Tea Party Express," Kremer said Friday.

The group is one of the largest and most politically active national tea party organizations. It got its start in 2009 as a bus tour that crisscrossed the country multiple times as it held rallies and supported conservative candidates.

In the 2012 election cycle, the group partnered with CNN to host the first tea party Republican presidential debate.

The timing of her departure comes as the Tea Party Express plans to spend four days in Florida’s 19th Congressional District to support conservative Curt Clawson in a special election.

But Kremer says she doesn’t want to dedicate her time to a district that already leans Republican and on a race that will have to take place again in November.

Instead, Kremer will be doing consulting for businessman Matt Bevin, who’s challenging Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky’s GOP primary on May 20.

“This should be ground zero for the movement,” Kremer told CNN. “A U.S. senator definitely has more of an impact on our debt than a congressman that potentially will spend eight months in Washington, and my heart tells me that I should be on the ground focused on competitive Senate races.”

Still, Kremer described her split with Tea Party Express as amicable.

“The Tea Party Express doesn't plan to come here (Kentucky), and that's OK. I made this decision, it was time, and I am where I am,” she said. “I wish Tea Party Express all the best, but it was time to move on.”

She compared Bevin to other conservatives in the Senate who have bucked the GOP establishment, such as Sens. Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Mike Lee.

“They're having daggers put in their back, not by the Democrats but by members of their own caucus,” she said. “That effort is being led by Mitch McConnell and the only way to stop that is to defeat Mitch McConnell.”

While polls show the five-term incumbent has a sizable polling and fundraising advantage, Bevin enjoys the support of major outside conservative groups.

Kremer also plans to get involved in GOP primaries in Kansas, North Carolina, and Mississippi—the latter of which is considered the most likely for the sitting incumbent to lose his seat to a challenger. Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel is running against six-term Sen. Thad Cochran.

“When Thad Cochran went to Washington, I was in diapers,” Kremer said. “You give these men six more years, what are they going to do in six more years that they haven't already been given an opportunity to do?”

She added she's confident Republicans can take back control of the Senate, and while she "may not be on a bus" anymore, she's still be "working on the same thing I've been working on the past five years."


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  1. AEJ

    She might as well go back to being a Flight Attendant. She was a Flight Attendant before being whatever she is now. Can someone tell me what she is now. Tea Party Bankruptcy!!!

    April 18, 2014 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  2. Lisa P.

    Lizzie

    ... There I thought liberals are the nicest, kindest, caring and tolerable people in the world, guess I was wrong.
    April 18, 2014 10:30 am at 10:30 am
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    No, Lizzie, you are right - compared to the competition they *are*. You should see the nasty, pointless things that conservatives call liberals sometimes. When it just gets down to name-calling, formulaic insults and "joke" misspellings of our President's last name then you just have to assume that they got nothing but ignorance and blind hate. It's really not hard to be nicer, kinder, more caring and more tolerant than that. Conservatives have set the bar pretty darn low, and it seems to be getting lower and lower by the minute.

    April 18, 2014 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  3. Sniffit

    How about an article on the new study out of Princeton that literally finds the U.S. is now an oligarchy and that our political and electoral systems have so degraded that we can no longer be called a democracy? What could possibly be more appropriate to the Ticker and important to American politics than that discussion...hmmmmm?

    And the Teatrolls are the oligarchs' Stockholm Syndrome Shock-Troops.

    April 18, 2014 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Were all those anti-Bush rallies fake as well?What about Katrina, 9/11, and Iraq were those fake scandals?
    -------------------------------------------------
    Good morning smith, hope you had a chance to read my last posts to you last night.
    It appears that our "conversation" continues.
    I will admit to having missed the rallies against Bush, but if these people were in fact rallying against his handling of Iraq and Katrina I find myself in the unusual position of giving them a belated "thanks".
    Those scandals were not manufactured as you well know.
    People died unnecessarily and due to poor handling and response.

    April 18, 2014 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  5. Gunderson

    Whazzat?
    Mean things Conservatives call Liberals? You mean like Liberals want to do great things, they just want to do it with other peoples money? Or, Liberals want to Compromise? We have been doing that for the last 100 years and have a 18 Trillion Dollar Federal Debt to show for it. How much more compromising do you want? You have never heard of Harry Truman who was no prize but used to say, I don't give 'Em Hell, I just tell the truth, they think it's hell. Don't like Fiscal Responsibility? Then call for your Nanny, if you can find it.

    April 18, 2014 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    In the 2012 election cycle, the group partnered with CNN to host the first tea party Republican presidential debate.
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    Hmm.
    When did CNN partner with any Dem-leaning organization to host whatever in the interest of 'fair and balanced'?
    I probably missed that.

    April 18, 2014 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  7. Tampa Tim

    Gunny – Once again it appears you have the intellectual curiosity of an amoeba. Republican fiscal responsibility is a joke, as W doubled the national debt in his 8 years. Check out the costs of the unnecessary republican wars, unnecessary tax cuts for the wealthy, TARP, unfunded drug program, record job loss, etc. Yet you republican nanny staters just keep your hands out for more, more, more.

    April 18, 2014 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  8. Anonymous

    Lizzie
    devil's advocate, "voters are uneducated, and uninformed" no the democrats have a hold on them, don't worry.
    There I thought liberals are the nicest, kindest, caring and tolerable people in the world, guess I was wrong.
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    You do realize don't you that the majority of CNN bloggers also frequent other websites and can read for themselves the trash talk going on in so called conservative websites? This applies to smith and tom I as well. To come to CNN spouting how narrow-minded the left is while understanding exactly what is happening elsewhere in the blogosphere is the height of absurdity, undermines your own credibility, and underscores the intent behind various people pretending to be "concerned" that they are being "misunderstood" by those they single out and are actually humoring themselves with.

    April 18, 2014 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    “They're having daggers put in their back, not by the Democrats but by members of their own caucus,” she said. “That effort is being led by Mitch McConnell and the only way to stop that is to defeat Mitch McConnell.”
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    They are determined to bring more Teatards into the House and if they have to cannabilze/sacrifice mainstream Rethugs to do it then so be it.
    Republican fricasse.

    April 18, 2014 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  10. Vince

    Maybe the Tea Party should just form it's own party and separate completely from "establishment" Republicans?
    Love,
    Democrats

    April 18, 2014 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  11. devil's advocate

    Where have all the good times gone. This ain't your grandma's GOP anymore toto.

    April 18, 2014 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  12. CareAboutTruth

    History proves that Democrats plant questions at their political forums, George Soros & others funded Occupy Wall Street thugs (rapists & vandals), then Obama-Democrats gave billions to ultra-wealthy while harming blacks, working class, & middle class.
    Tea Party is a decentralized movement of working citizens trying to make our government honest again & this terrifies Chicago-corrupt Leftist-extremist Obama-Democrats.

    April 18, 2014 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  13. don in albuquerque

    Gunderson

    Would that be your own personal truth, or everybody elses. I mean just a few weeks ago you told me how you had survived three world wars, and two sheep shearings. Sorry but Gettysburg was not a world war.

    April 18, 2014 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    " We have been doing that for the last 100 years and have a 18 Trillion Dollar Federal Debt to show for it. "

    Here's what we've been doing to accumulate an $18T debt: unfunded Iraq war, unfunded Afghanistan war, unfunded Medicare Part D, massive, inequitable tax cuts that primarily favored the extremely wealthy and squandered a budget surplus, and a massive world-wide recession caused by deregulation and negligent oversight of Wall Street, which allowed them to blow up the global economy by trying to spin straw into gold with dangerous gambling and leveraging games with fraudulently underwritten derivatives on mortgage-backed securities. That takes us almost all the way there. The Stimulus and TARP and the ACA very minor contributors. THE NUMBERS DON'T LIE.

    April 18, 2014 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  15. never to vote republican again

    She is out to make the BIG BUCKS!

    April 18, 2014 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  16. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    @ Lizzie

    Yep... Nothing new for you- you're wrong about a lot of things. Including the fact that you think democrats are going to continue to take all the crap that the right throws at them, lying down, without a response.

    April 18, 2014 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    You do realize don't you that the majority of CNN bloggers also frequent other websites and can read for themselves the trash talk going on in so called conservative websites? This applies to smith and tom I as well. To come to CNN spouting how narrow-minded the left is while understanding exactly what is happening elsewhere in the blogosphere is the height of absurdity, undermines your own credibility, and underscores the intent behind various people pretending to be "concerned" that they are being "misunderstood" by those they single out and are actually humoring themselves with
    -------------------------------------------------
    Very nicely put Anonymous.
    I will say that I seldom go into other blogs precisely because of the unfiltered, apparently un-moderated, frankly disgusting comments that I came across. Additionally, it appeared that they were not interested in any type of "balance'.

    April 18, 2014 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  18. sammy750

    The Tea Party, who support the criminals and felons like Gov. R. Scott of FL and the state senator of Idaho who is a 2 time charged rapist. These are who the Tea Party supports and then the extremist and radicals tearing apart the states. Women seem to be the worst of the radicals, like the Gov. of OK.

    April 18, 2014 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  19. Dems in PA

    Vince
    Maybe the Tea Party should just form it's own party and separate completely from "establishment" Republicans?
    Love, Democrats
    ---------------------------
    Vince; you are correct; it time for a new party! The Conservative Democratic Party (CDP) or Democratic Conservative Party (DPC) for all of us that are conservative democrats and don’t agree with the current Democratic Party lead by Obama that produced the worst piece of legislation in history; Democratic Party Health Care.

    April 18, 2014 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Maybe the Tea Party should just form it's own party and separate completely from "establishment" Republicans?
    -------------------------------------------------
    I never understood why they called themselves the Tea Party.
    Their name would indicate that they are offering something that the other two existing parties did not have.
    Seems to me that they should've just ran as Republicans, as that is whom they immediately aligned themselves with.

    April 18, 2014 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  21. Tampa Tim

    Care about truth? You did not know that the Kochs pretty own the tea party through their various extreme right wing organizations? Ever wonder who paid for the buses to get people at the rallies, who paid for the signs, who paid for the guest speakers?

    April 18, 2014 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Very nicely put Anonymous.
    I will say that I seldom go into other blogs precisely because of the unfiltered, apparently un-moderated, frankly disgusting comments that I came across. Additionally, it appeared that they were not interested in any type of "balance'.
    ---

    Thank you. CNN moderators must have a field day scrubbing out the worst of the trolls, yet there are those on this board who do strive to bait on a near daily basis – if you know what I am suggesting. That these multiple personality disorders can't understand that they aren't as clever as they think they are is an understatement. Why spend so much time offering so little in the way of real conversation when their comments are all geared towards ruining some other persons day by using tripe and constant whining against others as their only argument and then complain that they don't accept the answers they receive and go on rant after rant against the person they first addressed?

    April 18, 2014 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  23. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    @RandyIA: "You realize that the Tea Party movement started as a protest of the Wall Street and Bank Bailouts, 6 years after the Patriot Act was voted in by congress right? Who ever you are using for a propaganda source, needs to do a little fact checking."

    I've read varying things, including the Tea Party started on February 19, 2009, when Rick Santelli, a commentator on the business-news network CNBC, referenced the Boston Tea Party (1773) in his response to Pres. Barack Obama’s mortgage relief plan.

    Regardless of the exact origins, there's no denying that the Koch brothers and their ilk have spent millions financing it, using it to promote their agenda. If you think the Koch brothers care about government infringing on you, you're delusional: Read what David Koch supported when he was the Libertarian VP presidential candidate back in 1980. They want to abolish any and all constraints on their ability to make money, regardless of consequence to anyone and anything. The tea bags are just a front they are hiding behind.

    April 18, 2014 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  24. Johnny embry

    Wow'!

    April 18, 2014 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  25. Silence DoGood

    @CareAboutTruth
    "Tea Party is a decentralized movement of working citizens trying to make our government honest again "
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    That is the popular myth. In reality, it is a rich guys funded (Koch, etc.) pro-corporate control movement pandering to "traditional" values being a code name for a pro-Chrisitan Theocracy. The end result being America Inc. with a Christian theme but controlled by a tiny group of CEO's.
    No thanks!

    April 18, 2014 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
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