Virginia gets a Tea Party challenger
December 29th, 2010
04:13 PM ET
12 years ago

Virginia gets a Tea Party challenger

(CNN) - The 2012 Senate campaign in Virginia has its first Tea Party candidate.

Jamie Radtke, head of the Virginia Tea Party Patriots, filed federal papers to run for the Republican nomination for Virginia's Senate seat currently held by Democrat Sen. Jim Webb, and Radtke plans to make a formal announcement in January.

Radtke said the recent tax deal passed by Congress and increased national spending contributed to her decision to run.

"We would be foolish to hope one last time that career politicians can and will save us from the national crisis that they themselves even now are making worse," Radtke said in an e-mail. "To change Washington we need to elect a new generation of leaders to the Senate and House who will fight to restore the virtue and accountability that has been sorely lacking in our government."

The former grassroots organizer helped arrange a large Tea Party convention in Richmond, Virginia, earlier this year, but said the "spiraling debt" is an issue Tea Partiers, conservatives and moderate Democrats can agree on, and is something incumbent Webb has not addressed.

"During his tenure, Senator Webb has consistently voted against the will of Virginians, from agreeing to Obama's Health Care plan to extending our budget deficit," Radtke said in her e-mail. "This voting record does not match my positions or the interests of the citizens of Virginia."

But she will likely have some competition for the GOP nomination. Former Sen. George Allen, who was Webb's opponent in 2006, is also considering a run. Radtke criticized Allen's use of earmarks when he was in the Senate and said earmarks are one of the issues that need to be debated.

Looking ahead to the race, she said she considers herself a Tea Party and Republican candidate and that the Tea Party has grown in popularity because voters support candidates who favor "cutting deficit spending and less government."

"We can build on what we have learned and on the foundation we have laid in 2010 for the upcoming elections," Radtke said.

Filed under: 2012 • Jim Webb • Tea Party movement • Virginia
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. AR1000

    Let the GOP civil war resume. Allen vs Radtke, whoever wins, loses against Webb in 2012.

    December 29, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  2. Video Guy

    By 2012 the Tea Party will be gone. Then she will have to stand on policy not looks and the crazy right wing.

    December 29, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  3. Democrats Class Warfare - Destroying the economy and country

    OK libtards! Another woman running for office!! Let the vicious smear campaign begin. Show all the men and woman in the country just how despicable you truly are.

    December 29, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  4. Monster Zero

    Let's be clear exactly what an earmark would be a non-debated or properly vetted allotment of cash attached to some other disassociated legislation by a Congressman to specifically benefit their own District. Properly debated and vetted funding for varying State projects are exactly what Congress does. However in a time when the Federal Government is broke and subject to a 14 trillion dollar debt, I truly believe that it would be a great idea to simply state that legislation should be passed that the budget must be balanced and National debt be paid off, there be no more "PORK" funding project sandwiches permitted, necessity only. 2011 will be a huge awakening in America as the economic failures continue and if you think November was something, wait until 2012.

    December 29, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I hope that Radtke can figure out that the unfunded Bush tax cuts for the wealthy added to debt, along with the Bush unfunded wars and the unfunded Bush bank bailouts, and of course, don't forget the Bush unfunded drug program.

    December 29, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    @Democ . . .Man up, you right wingnut. Despicable is what you moronic baggers are good at, as you have no plans to move our country forward. You really need to get a job, as you are posting mindless drivel all day long.

    December 29, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  7. vic nashville tn

    “ the recent tax deal passed by Congress and increased national spending contributed to her decision to run”
    Very interesting Tea party doesn’t like the tax deal
    Tea Party was born to oppose the tax Obama gave tax cut to every one

    So she is running against their policy

    December 29, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  8. Nate

    Webb has been a fine Senator, if he chooses to run again I'll vote for him.

    December 29, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  9. Four and The Door

    Video Guy
    By 2012 the Tea Party will be gone. Then she will have to stand on policy not looks and the crazy right wing.
    What's crazy is thinking that these huge increases in Federal spending are good for the country. The Tea Party is just beginning to build influence. When a fiscal conservative administration takes power in 2012, don't think the Tea Party will just go away. It's a powerful force rooted in a fundamentally powerful idea. Get used to it.

    December 29, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Funny how you always here the Tea-Baggerz are a blend of Conservatives and Moderate Democrats – they don't belong to any organized party. Yet, when they throw their hat in the ring – it's always the Republican ring. Ironic, isn't it?

    December 29, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  11. sane citizen

    Hey, Democrats Class Warfare . . drek. You come on here day after day and post the most hate-filled, name-calling, insulting comments about a large group of people who happen to have different political views from you and then you accuse THOSE people of being "despicable"?? Wow. Look in the mirror. If you are an example of the average tea party supporter the country does not need the tea party, in my opinion. The economy will continue to slowly improve, unemployment will start to go down, and the tea party will become more and more of a footnote in this country's history.

    December 29, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  12. Spencer O'Flaherty

    "This voting record does not match my positions" pretty much says it all. I can't wait until the elected Tea Party members of Congress actually experience what being there is like. What will they be like in 2 years? Will someone tell them "This voting record does not match my positions"?

    December 29, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  13. TomnPITT

    Funny how the Tea-Baggerz always define themselves as Conservative Republicans and Moderate Democrats – with no affiliation to any organized political party. Yet, when they throw their hat in the ring, it's always the Republican ring. Is that really just a coincidence?

    December 29, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  14. HM

    I still am trying to figure out the validity of the Tea Party and its nomad movements around the US. Their extroverted and warrantless figurehead leadership does not represent me as a Republican. The House surely did not need them to win.

    December 29, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  15. marylandvoter

    "Democrats Class Warfare – Destroying the economy and country"

    "OK libtards! Another woman running for office!! Let the vicious smear campaign begin. Show all the men and woman in the country just how despicable you truly are."

    Oops! In the words of Ronald Reagan during a debate with Jimmy Carter, in 1980: "There you go, again."

    Any criticism against Jamie Radtke will be a "vicious smear campaign".

    Nevermind, the vicious smears as you paint President Obama; somehow, that's the "God-Almighty Truth."

    Only Democratic voters are blind, huh?

    December 29, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  16. sane citizen

    Four . . . "What's crazy is thinking that these huge increases in Federal spending are good for the country"

    Yeah, it would have been sooo much better for the "country" to stop the unemployment benefits (average of 250/week) of more than 2 million people AND to raise the taxes of the rest of the roughly 95% of the country who are NOT millionaires so that they have even less than the pittance that they already get to keep out of their paychecks! Who, exactly, is "the country" in your mind??

    December 29, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  17. AZ Dem

    Yeah good luck pushing that Tea Party agenda in an election with the president on the ticket...won't be like 2010 where Democrats stay home they'll be out and voting in full force come 2012 so this rhetoric that won the Tea party candidates seats this year won't translate into wins in 2012 people want candidates that appear to have a TRUE grip on the reality this country is facing..not saying she doesn't have it but if the Tea Party is your main support it won't be enough...and it really shouldn't be close to enough.

    December 29, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  18. mike4ever

    I think these next two years is going to prove to a lot of people just what kind of people the teaparties candidates are and what they want. They will be turned on by the very people they elected to congress. People whose eyes are beginning to open to what the teaparties and the republicans partykept closed.

    That the status quo is broken and every race of people can and will become president of the united states. They convince people that it is better for those who pay for insurance to keep doing and cover the costs of those who can afford it and don't do it. It seems that they want to give all the rights to the ones who can afford to purchase medical care but don't because they feel that those who do pay for insurance should want to pay for their cares. These are the same ones who are against the hc reform bill.

    It is not the ones who are paying for their medical care, it those who prefer that we pay for but yet, they want to do away with medicare and medicaid, which will leave everyone uncovered. If the new congress really thought about doing something about the health care reform it would be to improve on it and not get rid of it. Getting rid of it means we will be right back where we started and been for years. We had other presidents who tried but couldn't get it through and because this president who happen to be a miniority did and that is no reason to be against it. The money thing is a bunch of bull and if anyone who pays insurance should be honest to say that their premiums was getting higher and higher every year before Obama and less services was given. Stand up and admitted the truth, take the color blinders off and be real. If you don't you will regret it because we will really be in deep water.

    This new congress will turn out to be like the rest and they will all find a way to get earmarks by using another name because they feel that their followers will never know the differences.

    December 29, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |