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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  • by Anonymous on Nov 8, 2010 at 05:44 AM
    It's not just the tea party, it is every citizen who is fed up with politics as usual. We elected people to do a job, and they haven't been doing it.
  • by Michael Location: Eureka CA on Nov 7, 2010 at 06:10 PM
    Right, the Tea Party is just a bunch of tools, dumber then usual Republicans. This country is done, stick a fork in it, the Citizens United ruling was the final nail in the coffin. We already had a class war, and the poor and middle income lost.
  • by Joe Location: Jackson on Nov 7, 2010 at 05:37 PM
    I am a Tea Party Patriot and it is not just the politicians job to make sure our state succeeds. It is also all of it's citizens. To make sure we have a voice and use it. I for one plan on focusing on the outrageous spending with welfare. I am tired of going grocery shopping and seeing people using a Bridge card for snack foods but pull out a wad of cash to purchase items that many hardworking citizens have to think long and hard on between food or those items. When money is given freely without restrictions it can only lead to misuse and corruption. This is what I hope the Tea Party has shown to people. Be watchful. Communicate with your government officials and let them know what concerns you. I am contacting my rep tomorrow, for example, because today I witnessed Krogers selling prepared food on a Bridge card which is not legal and the cashier told me there were loopholes so they can get around it. I want those loopholes CLOSED.
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