Rus Thompson sent out a press release the other day that got picked up by some national media websites that printed it without any fact-checking.
His releases related to the Tea Party candidacy of Jack Davis. I am the Davis campaign counsel.
Suffice it to say, Rus and I must live in two different worlds because the world he describes is unrecognizable to me.
I will try to respond to each point he made with specific factual rebuttals.
Responding to Rusâ€™s many misstatements of fact and half-truths is very tedious but it must be done and in the end, I believe this dialogue will greatly aid local tea party activists to understand the controversy.
I also believe that this discussion will convince many skeptics of the absolutely crucial importance of electing Jack Davis to Congress on the Tea Party line.
Since these issues were not resolved last year, they have continued to festerâ€”so I am committed to discussing these issues to the satisfaction of any reasonable reader. The hacks and haters of course are not amendable to reason. Expect them to pop in and toss around lots of gratuitous personal attacks.
A quick note to the reader. I was involved in the tax revolt and the tea party movement from the very beginning. I attended the very first event of each movement. So you are getting a view of these movements from an eyewitness on many of these points.
First, Rollcallâ€™s headline reads: â€œTea Party Leaders Ask Davis to Exit N.Y. Special Election.â€
Rus is a self-appointed leader. He has not been elected or appointed to any leadership position that I know of. He founded TEA New York without consulting anyone but his wife Jul and Carl Paladino to the best of my knowledge. In my opinion, he did so as a vehicle to run for the state senate against Antoine Thompson. (I will try to specify whenever I state an opinion that I cannot prove.) Why did he not simply continue to work under the auspices of Primary Challenge? Again, an opinion, itâ€™s hard to have two compulsive office seekers under one roof.
To the best of my knowledge, NONE of the local tea party groups have formal bylaws or formal boards or formal members. I have advised the Tea Party Coalition to adopt formal bylaws but, being a bunch of volunteers, not hacks with lots of time on our hands, we have not gotten around to it yet.
Rus seems to imply that TEA New York has a board. Whoâ€™s on it? Who put them there? So many questions, so little time. Continue reading