"The Florida Tea Party Coalition With Newt" endorsed the former House speaker on Thursday, saying they would "help defeat Massachusetts Moderate Mitt Romney and then President Barack Obama."
“It is clear to me and many others in the tea party movement that Newt is the Reagan conservative that America needs,” said Peter Lee, founder and director of the East Side Tea Party of Orlando.
Lee was joined by statewide tea leader Patricia Sullivan, who said, “I stand with Newt because I know he will stand up to the establishment and insist on fiscal reforms."
In all, more than 30 Florida-based tea activists signed on to the coalition. The geographically diverse representatives ranged from the Panhandle to Broward County.
Separately, the TEA Party of Florida, the only political tea party registered with the state Division of Elections, endorsed Gingrich.
The GOP establishment's -- and, specifically, Mitt Romney's operatives' -- unconscionable attacks on Gingrich should motivate every undecided primary voter to support Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum.
And I'm glad Florida's Tea Party leaders are playing hardball with the RINO mushes who won't fight Obama as hard as they fight conservatives.
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I'm a tea party activist and I tell you Newt is the RINO. Good grief these party leaders are destroying the, movement. Either support Romney as a true conservative or at least Santorum but stay away from Gingrich.
Out with the "O" and in with the "NEWT" 2012!
Boiling it all down to winning the general election, conservatives must consider which weapons from the arsenal will be most effective. As I have been saying over and over, nominating Mitt Romney eliminates one of the best weapons we have: the highly unpopular, constitutionally questionable health care law, popularly dubbed “ObamaCare”. As Romney’s Massachusetts health care system was the blueprint for the new national law, it will be impossible for him to use this against the incumbent. Additionally, having Norm Coleman announce that repealing this law will not happen under a President Romney, we can essentially shelve this highly effective campaign weapon.
Another time-tested campaign weapon is to invoke the name/legacy/ideology of a previous leader from the party. This is why Reagan is so important. Who is the liberal go-to guy? Clinton? Maybe, but tying yourself to a man who was impeached doesn’t match Reagan’s legacy. That basically leaves JFK and FDR. While Hollywood has done an effective job painting this man into a legacy, the Bay of Pigs was one of the worst foreign policy failures in memory (sans what the current administration has been doing these past few years). FDR’s legacy is the 22nd Amendment.
If our choice to replace Obama is between Romney and Gingrich, the two major tools in which to do so are possessed by one and eliminated from the other.
George Soros says he wants Romney to be the Republican Candidate because there isn’t much difference between Romney and Obama. Jan 25, 2012
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