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National PAC Responds to Gateway Grassroots Endorsement Concerns

National PAC Responds to Gateway Grassroots Endorsement Concerns

Posted on March 29, 2012 by JenELeave a comment | Edit

Last week, Gateway Grassroots Initiative (GGI) issued a press releaseconcerning a National PAC endorsement of a Missouri Senatorial Candidate.  On March 22, 2012, Tea Party Express announced their endorsement of candidate Sarah Steelman for Senate, and presented her with a check for $2,500 in Kirkwood, Missouri, a western suburb of St. Louis.  GGI immediately voiced their concerns over the top-down nature of the endorsement by a National Pac, and at least 18 other independent Tea Party organizations across the state followed suit.

The issue in question was not the candidate chosen for endorsement, but rather the fact that not a single leader of any Tea Party organization in Missouri had been contacted prior to the endorsement. . .leaving many to feel frustrated that this may not have been an accurate representation of the political pulse reflected by the “boots on the ground”.  Additionally, the endorsement seemed quite a bit premature, as filing had not closed for the 2012 Election.

One week later, Freedomworks launched a mass-email campaign which garners the appearance of a National PAC reaching out to local grassroots activists for their feedback in the same Senate race, before making thier final decision for endorsement:

From: “Max Pappas – FreedomWorks” <max.pappas@freedomworks.org>

Date: Mar 29, 2012 10:39 AM

Subject: Who do you support in the Missouri Senate race?

We’re being encouraged by our members and allies all across Missouri to make an endorsement for the Senate race and help them make a difference. We’re glad to, but we need to hear from you before we make this big decision.

I’m writing to ask you to please reply with answers to two important questions:

1. Who do you like for the U.S. Senate in Missouri and why?

2. And who do you not like for the U.S. Senate in Missouri and why?

I look forward to your reply to this email. As with our philosophy on government and markets, we believe those closest to the action know best and that’s you.

Thank you for your input.

Yours in Liberty,

Max

Max Pappas
Executive Director
FreedomWorks PAC

Paid for by FreedomWorks PAC and not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s
committee. Contributions to FreedomWorks PAC are not tax-deductible
for federal income tax purposes. www.FreedomWorksPAC.org

While GGI is encouraged by this survey of local citizens, what remains to be seen is the transparency of results by Freedomworks before the National PAC makes their final decision for endorsement.  This gives residents the opportunity to have their voice heard, instead of simply having a national organization from another state define who their candidate will be.

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STATEMENT BY LOCAL GRASSROOTS ON NATIONAL TEA PARTY EXPRESS ENDORSEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 22, 2010
STATEMENT BY GATEWAY GRASSROOTS ON TEA PARTY EXPRESS ENDORSEMENT
Earlier this morning the Tea Party Express arrived in St. Louis and announced an endorsement in the Missouri Senate Republican primary. This was done without consulting or reaching out to local groups to gauge whether or not their endorsement was a wise one. We feel that this was an important and crucial step that the Tea Party Express missed and it has the potential to discredit the organization in the eyes of Missouri voters.
We feel that all politics are local and that grassroots in our area have worked very hard to develop our voice and vetting process for candidates. We are disappointed that a national group such as the Tea Party Express failed to include in their decision-making process the very people that have actually sat down with these candidates and lived under their elected leadership.
Furthermore, while we understand that the Tea Party Express is a PAC and not an organizational group, the endorsement carries the implication of a “tea party candidate,” of which there is no such title. We understand that while the Tea Party Express as a PAC may choose to endorse, groups such as ours explicitly do not, unless in extenuating circumstances, especially in a primary when the official filing is not yet closed, and especially when there is clearly more than one conservative in the primary. It goes against the tea party aesthetic to encourage civic participation locally but then, as a national group, to override the wishes of the local groups who do most of the donating and most of the heavy lifting during an election.
In the future, we hope that the importance and influence of local grassroots groups are not ignored and that the city in which they work to change for the better is acknowledged as more than a backdrop for an endorsement.
The Gateway Grassroots Initiative
CONTACT:
Jennifer Ennenbach
Scott Boston
Dana Loesch

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