It’s getting tiresome — even insulting — to keep reading in our local media that the Tea Party Patriots are “nonpartisan.”
There’s plenty of controversy surrounding the group that our local media keeps ignoring.
“We are nonpartisan,” Tea Party leader Stan Meckler states (again) in a front-page story in The Union, touting the candidate’s forum sponsored by the Tea Party, The Union and KNCO — on April Fool’s Day, no less.
Are you sure? Here’s an article about Meckler stating, “Top Tea Party Leader was paid by GOP Biz Group’s Campaign.”
“A top Tea Party leader who has publicly distanced his group from the GOP was recently paid by a campaign run by an influential California Republican business organization, to gather signatures for a ballot initiative that’s long been a key goal of the state party,” it reads.
“Mark Meckler, one of two national spokespeople for the Tea Party Patriots, was recently paid $7,500 for ‘petition circulation management’ by the ‘Citizen Power Campaign Supported by the Lincoln Club of Orange County,’ according to state disclosure records.
How about this video that is still being promoted on the Tea Party Patriots social-network website — a site created by Meckler, it reads? Click on it and decide if you think it is “nonpartisan.”
Who do you think will dominate the crowd at the April 1 “candidates forum”?
To me, the April 1 event is nothing more than a thinly-veiled “get out the vote” rally for the Tea Party, condoned by our two conservative media outlets. Their interest is the older, conservative demographics — though the county is changing.
Several of the local candidates are vocal Tea Party supporters. Most of the county board of supervisors attended a recent Tea Party rally where partisan political comments were made.
Elaine Meckler, who is helping to organize the event, is listed as endorsing one of the candidates, clerk-recorder candidate Barry Pruett.
Tables will be set up to register voters. How convenient.
Why doesn’t The Union or KNCO ever report on the controversies surrounding Meckler? Why don’t they report on other voter forums? It’s a farce, really.