Tea Party message to new Speaker
January 6th, 2011
09:52 AM ET
12 years ago

Tea Party message to new Speaker

(CNN) - A warning Thursday from a Tea Party movement leader to new House Speaker John Boehner.

"As you get down to work, there are a few things to remember. You did not become Speaker because America suddenly fell in love with you or the Republican Party. You became Speaker because America, led by the Tea Party, repudiated Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and the party of socialism," writes Judson Phillips, founder of Tea Party Nation, a national Tea Party organization that's based in Tennessee.

As to what Tea Party activists want the new Congress to do, Phillips writes: "First, STOP SPENDING MONEY!"

Phillips ends his letter by predicting that Boehner has two choices: "You can simply be a nice guy and compromise on legislation and the agenda. And you might not be speaker in two years. Or you can stand firm for a strong conservative agenda. If you fight, it will be a bloody fight, but when you look at the great leaders of the past, they did not compromise. They fought. What will it be? Do you have the Reagan in you?"

Phillips founded Tea Party Nation in 2009. It runs a social networking site with what it says are around 40,000 members. The group is best know for holding the first National Tea Party convention, in Nashville, Tennessee in February 2010. The convention came under criticism by others in the movement because of Tea Party Nation's for profit status at the time.

Phillips' comments come one day after Mark Meckler, one of the leaders of the Tea Party Patriots, termed as an "absolute joke" word that House Republicans would not be able to cut $100 billion from this year's federal budget.

The Republicans, thanks in part to strong support from Tea Party activists, won a net gain of 63 seats in the House in November's midterm elections, taking back control of the chamber.

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soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Rani McBride

    Someone needs to tell the Tea Party that he became speaker because it was a midterm election and the Republican Party and the Media politicized the Health Care Bill. He came to power because of the Tea Party's lies and fear mongering and the Media's failure to pay attention to the majority of the people instead of the few that scream and create a spectacle. He came to power because of the failure of the Democrat's to stand up and defend the important things they have done for this economy. Maybe after 2 years of the Republican House people will realize, same old same old. These leaders are the biggest hypocrits I have seen!

    January 6, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  2. Sara

    Please give me a break, Republicans are Tea Party.

    January 6, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. Timbo

    Interesting that the Tea Party doesn't want compromise which means government deadlock and the economy suffers. I hope rational thought reason and compromise win out because like any relationship unless you do compromise your doomed to fail.

    January 6, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  4. patty

    I think the tea party thinks things are much easier to accomplish than they really are. None of them have any government experiance to back up their demands. Demand away but reality will set in one of these days.

    January 6, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
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