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. DJ in TX

    The citizens of Wisconsin only needed about 235,000 signatures for the recall measure to be on the ballot. They got 1.2 million. Of course, some of those will br thrown out, but not down to the minimum. That is saying a lot about the voter feeling in the state. Now outside groups are messing with local politics. It wasn't an outside group that garnered the signatures for the recall. It was the citizens of WI. If they were so correct in their stance, why are the worried? Why would outside groups need to come in and try to change what the voters of WI are doing? Let the process play out and whoever wins, so be it. This is their state business, no one elses.

    August 2, 2011 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  2. Voice of Reason

    And dont think for a moment that ANY Tea Party will get elected ro re-elected after this last fiasco – driving the economy to the brink, and holding the entire nation hostage to their extrmeist views will not sit well with votors. A "mandate from the minority" is NOT a mandate.

    August 2, 2011 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  3. Jason D

    So both of the koch brothers are going to merge their lobby groups ;tea parties' to try and get those right stealing republicans back into power to abuse more wisconsinites and break more laws....well wisconsin wont be taking that c**p again...fool me once...

    August 2, 2011 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  4. That Guy

    It's nice to see the Tea Party actually being put on the defensive. They ran a set of policies through that the majority of the voters in the state seemed to disagree with, and now they have to convince people they were right. Up tell now it's mainly been the left is wrong, so choose us, now they have to argue that they were right and Wisconsin needs to keep them. It's a big change and it will be very interesting to see if they have any success.

    August 2, 2011 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  5. John

    You People of Wisconsin surely can't be Dumb enough to what more Tea Party ,that would be just plan dumb.

    August 2, 2011 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Disruption by tea bagges sure doesn't add up to jobs.

    August 2, 2011 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  7. larry dickman

    "turn out the lights, the tea party's over"

    August 2, 2011 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  8. rashid

    Go away, I want to retire at 55, full pension with COLA and health care. The taxpayers owe me, I'm special, I'm a civil SERVANT, not a state employee. You private sector people make so much, and I make so little, like the Milwaukee teachers trying to get by on 100k. Careful, we may have another slumber party at the Capital with such economic savants as Jesse Jackson and that Schultz mess.

    August 2, 2011 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  9. Reggie from LA

    That sure is a nice bus. Nothing wrong with that. It's just that those nice buses popped up right after Pres Obama's election and so did the "grassroots" organization. How interesting. Don't be fooled by lies about their long history. Nobody heard of them until after November 2008 with a copy of the Constitution in hand. Who paid from them there buses? A brand new grassroots organization? I don't think so. Interesting that when the buses came, so did the TeaParty. What a phony bunch of clowns. I thought they and their benefactors had done enough damage in Wisconsin. Folks these people are no more than paid or completely off-the-mark megaphones for the wealthiest among us. Now they are demanding stuff because they own the GOP. Stick around the house on voting day again, and watch how much worse and baby-like they will become.

    August 2, 2011 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  10. Randy

    The Tea Party is just a disguise for neo-fascism.

    August 2, 2011 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  11. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    to the Tea Party..fool me once shame one you..fool me again shame on me.....Really thought they were FOR the American people but like the GOP they are for protecting corporate profits, big oil, private jet owners, and the upper 2% that banks their movement (hello Koch Brothers) this budget deal let me know where you stand.

    August 2, 2011 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  12. NVa Native

    Sure – sending two tea-bagger circus groups to Wisconsin will help – the Democratic candidates.

    August 2, 2011 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    No support here. They attacked the people........when they attacked government unions, and they will have to suffer the repercussions of that stance. Even government employees should have the right to bargain collectively.

    August 2, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  14. Stacey

    Ha-ha. Too late baggers! The good people of Wisconsin are going to throw those bagger bums out! And the rest of us are going to throw those baggers out of office come November 2012!

    August 2, 2011 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  15. carlos

    and this guy walker will be recalled in January..........bunch of creepy loosers.............hehehehe

    August 2, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  16. NVa Native

    Neo-cons (and their pets the tea-baggers) of 1776 were the torries – they denounced the "change" of enlightenment!
    Now as then neo-cons support the traditional society of being ruled by established ideology with no room for growth or change of any kind.
    Who could be so foolish as to claim these tea-baggers have anything to do with any form of "enlightenment" wether from the Founding Fathers (liberals of their day) or todays liberals? The neo-cons (& tea-baggers) through out our history are always trying to take our country backward. Just because you choose a name or a flag doesn't change who you are.

    August 2, 2011 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  17. Atlanta Independent

    Vote these Teabaggars out of the office they are destroying our country.
    I wonder where the tea people at doing Bush days.

    August 2, 2011 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  18. Mike in Texas

    Common sense is to not cut spending during an economic slump.
    The deficit isn't our number one problem.
    The economy is not hurting because of our debt.
    I still haven't heard any ideas on how to help the economy

    I say have a sliding scale for American companies based on what percent of their U.S. sales were created by U.S. employees. The higher the percentage, the lower the rate.
    Let the individual tax rates for those with a taxable income over $500,000 a year expire to Clinton rates. This is taxable income, not gross income.
    Eliminate loopholes and deductions. Make the rate simpler.
    Don't reduce the capital gains tax or the estate tax. These tax cuts favor the wealthy and have no impact on most Americans.

    August 2, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  19. GI Joe

    They are going there to stuff the ballot boxes or to fix the programs that determine the next election for R-E-C-A-L-L-S.

    Who pays them (they will never admit it, so it MUST be cash). Koch Bros? Dick Armey? KKKarl Rove? (no, I don't stutter – lol). Or are they wealthy enough they don't have to work and want to protect their loopholes?

    August 2, 2011 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  20. Randy, San Francisco

    Watch out...here comes the neo-fascist Tea Party shock troops. Heard they are more like Orcs than hobbits.

    August 2, 2011 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  21. Alex in Wisconsin

    I support the workers of Wisconsin and think Gov. Walker's policies are a disaster to the middle class. Idiots TEAming up to distort the truth won't change my opinion. Public employees have a more balanced pay pattern than private industry. The pay range for public employees is from minimum wage to $200k(See Governor's pay). The Private industry pays from Minimum Wage to $85 Million plus multimillion dollars in bonuses. On top of that, Government jobs tend to be high risk or management/Supervisor level jobs. So their benefits shouldn't be on par with the average walmart greeter.

    August 2, 2011 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  22. GI Joe

    The people had already agreed to the increases in their benefits payments - the GOV took away their rights to insist on safe working conditions, overtime pay, etc. Fascism will NOT be allowed in this country.

    August 2, 2011 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  23. Independant

    So much hate for others on here. First Sarah Palin, now the tea party. Don't see that much name-calling and hatred coming from the other side. Didn't President Obama want to unify this nation? It seems more divided than ever to me

    August 2, 2011 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  24. Al-NY,NY

    Blah blah blah. The 'Tards are coming. The Tards are coming. Can't wait to see their darlings go down in flames.

    August 2, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  25. Another Guest

    Marty, the Republicans in Wisconsin campaigned on one platform and then did something completely different.

    No one voted them in to bust the unions, but that is exactly what they eventually admitted to doing. In the meantime, they openly lied about why they wanted to strip an entire class of workers of the right to unionize. The majority of the state was against the budget bill, but the Republican legislators pushed it through anyway.

    I was in Wisconsin before, during, and after this tragic series of events. The Republican Senators being recalled are being recalled because they voted against the majority of their constituents, and the People don't have to put up with that.

    August 2, 2011 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
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