Tea party groups to join forces in Wisconsin
August 2nd, 2011
05:03 PM ET
11 years ago

Tea party groups to join forces in Wisconsin

(CNN) - Two of the nation's prominent tea party groups will merge for a Wisconsin bus tour in support of six Republican state senators facing recall elections.

Kicking off their four-day "Restoring Common Sense" tour Friday, Tea Party Nation and Tea Party Express will hold rallies in multiple cities and defend Republicans who supported Gov. Scott Walker's controversial bill that curbed collective bargaining rights for state employees earlier this year.

"The tea party stands for fiscal responsibility, and Republican Senators in Wisconsin stood firm for those principles," said Amy Kremer, chair of Tea Party Express. "Now they are under attack for doing the job they were elected to do. It is critical that we support and defend them from these undeserved attacks and in that effort we are proud to be joined by our friends at Tea Party Nation."

The next round of recalls, scheduled for Aug. 9, is part of a summer long series of elections pitting six Republicans and three Democrats against challengers. An incumbent Democrat already won the first election in July.

If three Republicans can't keep their seats, then the GOP will lose control of the state legislature and Democrats could be poised to overturn Walker's budget reforms.

The Wisconsin budget bill, which was upheld by the state Supreme Court in June, caused sharp division in the state earlier this year. Republicans insisted the measure was needed to control the skyrocketing costs of public employee benefits and close the budget shortfall. Democrats argued that it was an attempt to gut public-sector labor unions, one of their core constituencies.

Under the new law, all public workers, except police and firefighters, would be expected to cover more of their retirement plan contributions and health care premiums on their own.

- CNN Associate Producer Gabriella Schwarz and Political Producer Shannon Travis contributed to this report.

Filed under: Scott Walker • Tea Party Express • Tea Party Nation • Wisconsin
soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. American

    Amy Kremer can go propagate the teabagger nonsense somwhere else. It was NOT "fiscal responsibility" for Imperalist Walker & his senatorial partisans to take away from middle-class Americans to pay for more unnecessary & UNaffordable tax cuts for the uber rich. Enough.

    These legislators also need to be held accountable for taking away rights from fellow Americans. It was wrong and indefensible what they did. Vote it out.

    August 2, 2011 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  2. I'm a GOP Hostage and so are you

    On the one hand they think they are so patriotic yet on the other they are trying to literally destroy the governing process by dictating "how it should be". They're not advocating for policies like normal people, they are abusing fundamental functions of government.

    It is time to put the Tea Party lie to bed once and for all.

    They are ANTI-American.

    They are ANTI-democracy.

    They are ANTI-Constitution.

    They are ANTI-Middle Class.

    They are ANTI-poor.

    These people should be severely punished for trying to deny the United States of America the right to exist.

    And one more thing.

    ANY vote for ANY Republican is a vote for the America-hating Tea Party.

    August 2, 2011 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  3. sick of it all

    Some of these poor dumb smucks may not realize they have been duped till their savings have been gobbled up by the " bigger" sharks. I`ll have no sympathy for them.

    August 2, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  4. texan

    Sooner than later, we`ll have an uprising and arms will be taken up with politicians and super rich folks the targets. -– Sad, but history has a habit of repeating itself. ---- And remember most of our "founding fathers" many Tea partiers and Republicans reverently refer too were rich, slave owners. A slave wasn`t free, he was property, just like your lawn mower. Some hero, eh!!!!!

    August 2, 2011 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  5. U. S. A.

    Tea party troublemakers bused in to interfere. I guess the Koch brothers are paying their way. Tea Party you have over reached and been used, WAKE UP. Let the people of Wisconsin decide who they want representing them.

    August 2, 2011 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  6. Tammy

    I am a Tea Party supporter and I don't know one fat cat corporate businessman. I don't make 6 figures and I actually got out of my union because I was ashamed to be associated with any union after they way people acted in WI. .All my family and friends are fiscal conservatives..We call that common sense..Most commenting on here have none of that..

    August 2, 2011 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  7. Dianne, IL

    Please, WI, recall the Republicans who think taking away collective bargaining is "common sense". And PLEASE, America, wake up! We need real common sense, not the Tea Party version. I think some are well intentioned people but they don't realize the impact of their choices. We really need to vote out those who put us in this latest mess and vote for those who can see a balanced, fair approach.

    August 2, 2011 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  8. Jeffrey

    The Tea Party and Teapublicans offer up simplistic and very often completely reality-ignorant answers and solutions to complex issues and questions, and they do so arrogantly no less. Then they trash anyone, "liberals," "independents,"RINOS," etc. who don't agree with them and feel victimized at the same time. Basically political children pretending to be adults.

    August 2, 2011 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  9. Dianne, IL

    I was so angry with the WI decision to take away collective bargaining rights that my family vacationed in Michigan instead of Wisconsin this year. Michigan beaches are beautiful.

    August 2, 2011 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
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