Tea party groups to join forces in Wisconsin
August 2nd, 2011
05:03 PM ET
9 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. Let's get rational now

    The way to save money in Wisconsin is to not pay any tea party member any government benefits. Since they are so against them they should not miss them.

    August 2, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  2. mark whitt

    good bye tea-baggers!

    August 2, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  3. once upon a horse

    haven't these folks done enough damage as it is? They may be going into dangerous territory though because going into union area where it seems the majority at this time are p/oed at Republicans I doubt if the TP will get an open arms welcome. In fact I hope they DON'T!

    August 2, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  4. Matt

    "Restoring Common Sense"? What, are they going to pack as many teahadis as they can into the bus and drive it over the edge of the Grand Canyon? That'd certainly increase the average amount of "common sense" via dropping off some low scorers...

    August 2, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  5. Lolo

    Too late tea partiers. Your protesting will not help. The goose is cooked to the core. You and your republican foes have shown your true colors and you thought people would ignore it. I think not. You are going down.

    August 2, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  6. DIANA

    Funny, now that the country sees these Teabaggers for what they are, they have to join forces in order to look like there's a lot of them. Where were they when the Repulbican's were taking away their social security?

    August 2, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  7. cindy

    There's alot of anger out there right now....you might want to wait on this.

    August 2, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  8. Bill

    Who cares. Those GOP clowns in the Wisconsin senate will be recalled. End of story. Save the gas tea baggers.

    August 2, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  9. QS

    "Now they are under attack for doing the job they were elected to do..."

    Goodness, these Tea Party people don't even understand when the majority of people, even those who voted for these republicans, are aghast at what the people they elected are doing when they thought they were electing them to create jobs.

    I'll try to simplify it for those in the Tea Party – you were NOT elected to do what you are attempting to do in places like Wisconsin – you WERE elected to create jobs, which ironically is what you ran on before getting elected and then exposing yourselves for the deceitful people you are by doing anything but creating jobs.

    And the funny thing is, all these Tea Party rallies in support of those republicans in Wisconsin that are going to be recalled will only go even further toward proving that these people simply don't get it. You can't lie to the people about what you'll do if elected, then get elected and claim that all the other things you really wanted to do is what you were elected for! Even the people who voted for you aren't falling for that!

    August 2, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  10. jackal & jester

    The tea party and common sense are two things that don't go together.

    August 2, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  11. bo-d

    Tea party misinformed voters please stop it

    August 2, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  12. NES10000

    What is the difference of the Union bussing in people and the Tea Party bussing in people? Absolutely nothing. What hypocrites.

    @jackal & jester – you are absolutely correct – that was my first thought when reading this article. LOL

    August 2, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  13. Bobby Ray

    After Gov Walker tried, and largely succeeded in destroying good paying jobs in Wisconsin, these tea yahoos want to applaud him for a higher unemployment rate than when he took office, and lower wages on the remaining jobs. Walker ran on creating 250,000 jobs, but has demonstrated that vending machine politics serve no one.

    August 2, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  14. Dawn

    It's not fiscal responsibility to balance a budget on the backs of the poor, middle class, and school kids.

    August 2, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  15. Peggy - TX

    Go Tea Party Nation and Tea Party Express!!! I mean go away along with everyone of your recalled State senators.

    A lie is a lie is a lie, no mater how many crazies repeat the same lie and all these crazy Tea Partier have to contribute are lies.

    The bottom line is that the Wisconsin Governor gave away money the state did not have in the form of welfare for Corporations in a failed attempt to spurn job growth and then after giving away the wealth of Wisconsin, fired public school teachers in mass furthering destabilizing the economy.

    August 2, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  16. Leonard

    How do these teabaggers have so damned much free time to do all this protesting all the time? I would think that they have jobs to do, money to save, taxes to dodge, and emails to send as well as spending lots of time listening to right wing radio.

    August 2, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  17. Voice of Reason

    "The tea party stands for fiscal responsibility..." Dont make me laugh.

    No, the Tea Party stands for "No Taxes", which is not the same thing. Sometimes you want the government to spend. Especially during recessions. Good thing we're not in a recession right now, or this Tea Party philosophy would REALLY hurt the economy, huh?

    August 2, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  18. mark whitt

    jobs jobs jobs that is what they were elected to do! i have yet to see one job they have made!

    August 2, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  19. Voice of Reason

    Thoreau once said that if he couldnt sell enough of his baskets to get by on, that he simply needed to find a way to get by on selling fewer baskets.

    I say, good thing he was a philosopher, and not an economist.

    As for America, we dont need to 'live simply'. I, for one do not want to live in a thatched hut, eating only whatever game i caught this morning. I'd rather have indoor plumbing and bridges and trains, and computers, and a robust, thriving economy. I'd like to sell as many baskets as i possibly can! That's why i think that Congress failed today, and i lay the blame squarely on the shoulders of the Tea Party and their short-sighted astroturf philosophy of keeping the rich rich.

    August 2, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  20. It's my money

    Maybe you slaves like pissing away your money to The State or maybe you have no money (more likely) either case the Tea Party is going to roll you all. We beat King George in 1776 and we'll beat this tyranny also...

    August 2, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  21. gt

    one thing for sure they are as dedicated as the people who fought for intergation...they have a cause they believe in and they are not taking no...

    August 2, 2011 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  22. Malty

    The Tea Party has much more common sense than most liberals. I think that most comments are this board are from people that have NO CLUE what happened in Wisconsin–they just jumped on a liberal bandwagon because it is there. Public employees still have wonderful benefits, they just have to pay for a small, small portion of them. Private companies (that live within their means) often have to do this. It's no big deal.

    August 2, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  23. Voice of Reason

    The Tea party is guilty of gorss delusion and willful deception. They have been playing this 'no taxes' tune for a while now, and people are following along. But shortly we will begin to see where this road leads.

    When our roads are full of holes, blame the Tea Party.
    When our bridges start falling down, blame the Tea Party.
    When there are homeless everywhere, blame the Tea Party.
    When property crime rates soar, blame the Tea Party.
    When ARM mortgages start adjusting up and up and up, blame the Tea Party.
    When you cant get a loan to expand your business, blame the Tea Party.
    When you cant afford to fill the tank of your car with gas, blame the Tea Party.

    Their policies of economic self-destruction are going to come home to roost eventually. And all the fat-cat phonies at the top who are spinning all the astroturf arent going to care that their blue-collar, hard-warking, red-blooded followers all have part-time jobs at Wal-Mart – THEY dont have to work there (or even shop there). They arent going to give a rip about Social Security evaporating, they dont need it. They couldnt care less about anyone but themselves and how much they've got socked away in their own bank accounts.

    August 2, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  24. Albo58

    Despite the childish attacks by the libs and the lib press, the Tea Party folks are just common folks that have had enough of government giveaways, fairness to everyone on earth, BUT the American taxPAYERS, and the shameless class warfare drivel by the Dimwit Party and our current President! Good on them!

    August 2, 2011 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  25. tea party cancer

    murdoch and koch boyz mount a counter offensive; here's hoping they are in everyone's crosshairs

    August 2, 2011 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
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