The Hill reports several TEA Party factions are vowing to take revenge against Freshman congressmen considered TEA Party favorites for their support of the Boehner bills. Rep. Allen West (R-FL) is one of those allegedly targeted:
“One minute they’re saying I’m their Tea Party hero, and three, four days later I’m a Tea Party defector; that kind of schizophrenia I’m not going to get involved in it,” West said on conservative Laura Ingraham’s radio show.
Tom Trento, an organizer for the Tea Party National Convention who is involved in the leadership of two Tea Party groups, said, “The explanation to that schizophrenia is simple … the focus is on the principle.” Speaking of West, he said, “The individual representing that principle changed. The focus is on the principle. That’s not schizophrenic.”…
West has said he has to vote his own conscience on this bill, and it doesn’t matter if his Tea Party supporters disagree with him.
“If you’re telling me I need to vote ‘no’ against the Boehner plan, then what am I voting for?” West said. Read more at The Hill.
The article also names as targets Republican Reps. James Lankford (OK), Mike Kelly (PA) and Bill Flores (TX), all four freshmen and declared yes votes for Boehner.
Tea Party-affiliated organizations Tea Party Express, Tea Party Nation, Tea Party Founding Fathers and United West indicated Thursday that their members will not tolerate a vote for the Boehner plan…
United West is calling the four congressmen “Tea Party defectors.” Any vote for a plan that raises the debt ceiling without enacting greater spending cuts or passing a balanced-budget amendment has enabled a “debt-ceiling giveaway,” according to Trento, director of the Tea Party Founding Fathers.
Trento, who also oversees the Tea Party National Convention, called the four lawmakers “Stupak defectors,” comparing them to former Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), whom Trento says “famously betrayed conservatives” by changing his vote on the healthcare bill last year.
Trento warns that the Tea Party could force Lankford, West, Kelly and Flores to follow in the footsteps of Stupak, who chose to step down from his seat in Congress in 2010. Tea Party Nation leader Judson Phillips is already seeking to influence Tea Party-sympathetic voters in West’s and Kelly’s home states through robocalls starting Wednesday. The Hill.
I hate this happening right at this moment. Get the message to these four that you will unseat them, via a private venue. Criticize their votes publicly, but don’t threaten publicly until this mess is over, then do what you think you should do. The middle of the storm is bad timing and it gives Democrats fodder against the TEA Party.