Tea Partiers Pledge to Hold GOP Accountable

By: Sherene Tagharobi Email
By: Sherene Tagharobi Email

From the governor to secretary of state, attorney general, supreme court, senate, and house -- Republicans swept Michigan elections. Analysts say the GOP victories had everything to do with the tea party.

Local tea party organizer Joan Fabiano calls her group's contribution -- boots to the ground -- volunteers giving their time and money to get conservatives back in office.

"There were a lot of 10, 20, 50 dollar contributions made," she said.

It was that support from the tea party that here in Michigan helped elect two GOP candidates in democratic held congressional districts. Tea party organizers say it's because people who helped Obama win in 2008 have had a change of heart.

"They were, 'wait a minute, I didn't sign up for this, so those are the people who voted conservative or voted for the GOP,'" Fabiano said.

And those votes paid off. But the tea party wants more than votes. It wants follow-through.

"When they got the tea party support, it was because they ran on a tea party platform of limited government and fiscal responsibility, so now we will hold them accountable," Fabiano said.

Republican State Senator-Elect Rick Jones says he hears the tea party message loud and clear from his constituents.

"Some are retired, some are out of work, some are wealthy, some are moderate or low income," Jones said. "And they all say we can't afford higher taxes -- it's time for the state to be frugal."

Fabiano says tea partiers will act as "citizen advocates," making sure that message gets listened to.

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