November 11th, 2010
03:43 PM ET
12 years ago

Retreat for new lawmakers to emphasize Tea Party goals

(CNN) - A leading conservative grassroots organization that spent millions of dollars helping elect Tea Party backed candidates in the midterm elections is holding a two day retreat in Baltimore, Maryland Thursday and Friday for many of those soon to be congressional lawmakers.

FreedomWorks says the meetings, at a hotel in downtown Baltimore, will focus on what they call a "Tea Party legislators policy agenda for the 112th Congress."

A FreedomWorks spokesman tells CNN that the retreat will include discussions on how to move forward on the agenda of the Tea Party movement, including such goals as balancing the budget, suspending earmarks and repealing the new health care reform law, all of which are included in the movement's "Contract from America."

Both former House Minority Leader Dick Armey, the chairman of FreedomWorks, as well as its president, Matt Kibbe, will talk to the dozens of incoming lawmakers and some returning members of Congress who were invited to the event. Topics will include how to not set aside their campaign agenda in order to compromise and curry favor with Republican House leaders.

Many of the Tea Party backed candidates ran on a message of bringing change to Washington, and while much of their anger was directed at the Democrats, establishment Republicans were also at times in their crosshairs.

Michael Steel, spokesman for House Minority Leader John Boehner, who's expected to become the next House speaker, tells CNN that the meetings "seem like a good way to help new members be able to hit the ground running come January."

Steel adds that other ways to speed up new members' orientation to Capitol Hill are also in the works.

FreedomWorks is a nonprofit conservative organization based in the nation's capitol. It's helped train volunteer activists and has provided much of the organization behind the Tea Party movement. It also endorsed and helped get out the vote efforts for many Tea Party backed candidates this past election cycle.

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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Dennis

    Agenda's quite simple.
    1. How to screw the hard-working middle class......cutting Social Security etc.
    2. How to secure more money for their billionaire friends.........cutting taxes

    Meeting adjourned.

    November 11, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  2. jim

    part 2 of their plan. get the retards elected based on their screaming and rhetoric, and after they win show them how to goven the way you want them too.

    November 11, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  3. Video Guy

    I think the American Public including the gray hair white people of the Tea Party are going to regret this election in really short order. In 2012 we will see another turn over, this time with moderates.

    November 11, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  4. Peter s

    Good for GOP!! is 2 days really enough to teach them how to read and write! and the great mayor of New York almost have identical doubts!
    “You look at who we’re electing to Congress, to the Senate. They can’t read,” Bloomberg said. “I’ll bet you a bunch of these people don’t have passports. We’re about to start a trade war with China if we’re not careful here, only because nobody knows where China is.” Bloomberg

    November 11, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  5. DJ in TX

    Hmmm..........meeting with a group outside of the Congress they were elected to..................That doesn't sound like doing the work "of the people". That sounds liks doing the work " of this group". They don't speak for all America, but they want to "ram down our throats" their way of doing things (the very thing they accused President Obama of doing".


    November 11, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  6. ~~ JULY ~~ ( Palin is the new Paris Hilton )

    LOL!!! Poor Tea party people ........ they think they will still 'matter' after the elections. The people THEY elected only USE THEM for the votes. Wait and see and you will realized that you all had ben punk'd!

    November 11, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  7. Mr. Moderate

    The bill is coming due...

    November 11, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  8. Katie B in NC

    This is where the Koch brothers give the "useful idiots" their marching orders.

    November 11, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  9. Jim

    Ah, yes. The Tea Party goals: Shut down Social Security, end the Department of Education, Shut down the Government to show Obama who's in charge. Yeah, real good. I can see the US already. All of the Senior Citizens who depend on SS homeless, no centralized Education system (not that we really have one now, but then states like Texas could basically teach the Bible as history), and a Government that doesn't function. Please, by all means, follow these goals. They are everyone's dreams. Then, when we see what a bunch of liars the Tea Party is, we will know why we are in that condition.

    November 11, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  10. Alex

    A bunch of these same folks wanted to cut spending by eliminating a large federal welfare assistance program. They campaigned on and on about it before the election. However, this program expired on Sept. 30. Talk about duh ... dumb.

    November 11, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  11. Indie Woman in Denver

    Oh joy, Dick Army at the helm... blech! So who didn't expect this to happen? Grassroots organization, indeed... NOT!

    November 11, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  12. Nancy Pelosi, the wicked witch of the west, the DemocRAT gift that just keeps on giving

    AGENDA ITems:

    Is budget balanced? If no then see Agenda Item 1.

    November 11, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  13. vic nashville tn

    Extend the tax cut to kill more jobs good goal

    November 11, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  14. No Tea For Me

    A dose of reality for the tea party. Republicans USED you to get CONTROL.

    November 11, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  15. Poston

    Eat, drink and be merry before you come back and slash everything. As far as spening taking it back to 2008 level ougtht to be the start. The fun is just starting and thanks for the extra $$ from the Bush tax cuts next year – I have to laugh.

    November 11, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  16. herrer

    Back during the Clinton adminstration there was a movement to get him inpeached by conservative advocates. There was no reason either than the fact that they hate him. I have to question the tea parties motives for this becasue it seems that everytime an elected democrate takes office a conservative group rises up. I also see the same thing hapening here. This is why I have always questioned the tea party and their motives for being pissed off at washington.

    November 11, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Back room deals- big money backer organizes event – plannig to work as a mob
    Sound like politics as usual. But like thier mother, Sarah, I'm sure they will make noise.
    Quite often the loudest person in the room is the least informed.

    November 11, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  18. Ancient Texan

    Bloomberg just exposed his ignorance and his radical far left thinking. The Tea Party members are above average intelligence and are wise to the far left agenda. Another third of the libs will be gone after 2012 elections, and next mid-term will get rid of the rest. America doesn't like socialism.

    November 11, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  19. Peter s

    I love Dick Armey and his non-bleating goats.

    November 11, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  20. Ben in Texas

    Four and The Door:

    Companies hire workers when they figure they can make a buck off their labor. They don't hire because they have extra money lying around from an undeserved tax cut. The rich use people like they were cattle, herding them here and there, bleeding them dry, milking them for all they're worth. When they're through with them, the dump them.

    The rich benefit the most from the infrastructure of this country and should pay the most in taxes. Rich people are taxed far more lightly in the U.S. than in more civilized countries. That is because they own the government. The Turtle Man is a prime example of one bought and paid for by the rich.

    November 11, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  21. Michelean

    Don't you just love how Obama's radical agenda brought out all the new conservitives. Dick on to put him on a payroll in marketing.

    November 11, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  22. SayWhat

    Sounds like a mobilization of the Dick Armey Moron Army. Make sure you give them some information on how to find a job in two years when this splinter party gets the boot.

    November 11, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  23. V

    They have to school them first on how to be obstructionist when they get to Washington. They probably start off by detailing the differences between the Senate and the Congress. You know, Politics 101.

    @Ancient Texan – "The Tea Party members are above average intelligence . . ." Please tell me your joking? That is the most absurd thing I read today. Thanks for the chuckle!!

    November 11, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |