Apparently while legitimate state Michigan Tea Party groups gathered in Charlotte, MI for the Liber-TEA Fair on July 24, 2010, the newly formed (see petition related blogs) "fake" Tea Party held its nominating convention.
the accompanying fake Tea Party list of candidates(actual filing) and an article on the subject from Dawson Bell, staff writer for the Detroit Free Press.
1.) The petition to form the fake Tea Party filed with the State on 7/14/2010 must be stopped or at least slowed
or risk adverse 2010 election results that will hurt MI and the U.S.. The Michigan Board of State Canvassers will most likely approve the petition signatures (approx. 60,000 submitted, 38,000 needed). August 3 is the deadline for individuals and groups to file a challenge with the Board. The Secretary of State office should be aggressively lobbied to stop the petition and raise flags on the dubious nature of the fake Tea Party.
The MI Tea Party Alliance, state groups, the GOP and anybody else will need to aggressively file lawsuits to stop or at least slow down the fraudulent effort. 2.) The real Tea Parties should send out a communique and organize members
to do ONGOING research
on various items such as, but not limited to the following:
a.) All candidates on the fake Tea Party slate (most already seem to be Democrats at first blush).
b.) All individuals and groups associated with forming, filing, assisting, supporting, financing, and running the fake Tea Party c.) Review complete minutes of relevant State meetings on the pertinent subjects.
Example: 7/23/2010 MI Board of State Canvassers meeting.
3.) Though the fake Tea Party state convention was held, find other venues to "get involved" and influence the organization that basically stole the Tea Party name and standing.
--List of fake Tea Party candidates (actual filing)
--Related Detroit Free Press article on the convention candidate filing
Fake Tea Party Candidate Filing
Article (and source of above list):
Posted: July 28, 2010
Tea Party reveals hopefuls for office
Slate includes some genuine activists
BY DAWSON BELL
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER
The mysterious and media-shy Michigan Tea Party -- suspected by tea party activists of being a Democratic Party front organization --submitted its slate of candidates for the November election this week. Theyinclude:
• A 27-year-old candidate for secretary of state who apparently never has voted in a primary election.
• Two state House candidates who will not be of legal age to hold office (21) on Jan. 1.
• Several candidates who appear not to have been registered to vote as recently as a few weeks ago.
• At least a few candidates, including one running for a highly competitive congressional seat in mid-Michigan, who appear to be genuine participants in the tea party movement.
In all, the party submitted the names of 23 candidates for office, from secretary of state to Oakland County commission. According to a filing delivered to the state Bureau of Elections late Monday, they were nominated at a convention held Saturday in Saginaw. It was signed by Mark Steffek, a retired autoworker and UAW steward who is the not-very-public face of the Tea Party political rty.
Steffek issued a statement Tuesday saying the party's candidates "agree that government spending is out of control and we must stop piling debt onto our children's and grandchildren's backs."
David Polzin, a Tea Party candidate for the state
House who lives in Menominee, said the party "isn't part of the teaparty that has Sarah Palin and all those people" but a new organizationnot controlled by special interests.
Polzin, who ran for state House twice before as a Democrat, said he was recruited this time by people he knew from his earlier activism.
Republicans and activists in the tea party movement, which arose last year largely in reaction to what adherents
viewed as out-of-control government spending and health care reform,
Several candidates on the Tea Party roster are recent donors to Democrats.
The Tea Party appears to have largely limited nominations to competitive districts, where a minor party candidate could change the outcome, said Jeff Timmer, a Lansing-based political consultant.
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