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Some prominent state Tea Party organizers and pioneer members are criticizing co-founder Mark Meckler and our local very conservative blogger George Rebane for defending the TPP leader, with one alleging he is a “Meckler plant.” George denies this.
The action is in the comments section on George’s blog post “Who’s a racist?” which I had pointed to previously, and “Stan Meckler responds.” It shows the rancor and infighting within factions of the Tea Party — as well as some of the mounting criticism being directed at Meckler, of Grass Valley. The comments are signed.
It also sheds a light on our local very conservative bloggers, who have staunchly defended Meckler. Rebane says he supported Meckler in his personal plea for financial support earlier this year — a detail he had not disclosed previously though he has written regularly about him. He responds he has no obligation to disclose that, but some Tea Partiers are arguing for disclosure in the name of “accountability and transparency,” supposedly tenants of the movement.
Meckler, meanwhile, took some more lumps — from Tea Party Patriots in both Northern and Southern California. Our Congressman Tom McClintock was drawn into the discussion, too.
“If Mark Meckler is so anti-politician or candidate, why was McClintock and Runner (both of which I endorsed through GOP Trumpeter) asked to be there at the first Tax Day event, Sacramento 8-28, and McClintock would have been there for the 2010 Tax Day if he had been in town,” Mandy Morello — a longtime TPPer and onetime Meckler confident, she says — wrote on George’s blog.
“Tread lightly, George, you are sounding like a Meckler’s plant to spread false information!”
In the comments section below, you can also read Morello refuting comments made by Rebane and Stan Meckler, Mark’s father, about her.
“This is an American Movement, not one person’s private club whose members had better not disagree with his plans or else they get booted,” Morello wrote.
In his response, Stan said: “Am I biased in favor of my son, Mark Meckler? You bet I am! But, anyone that actually knows us, not the lies that are told, will tell you that we are honorable people. Meet us and find out for yourselves.”
George’s defense: “My report was what I was told by the Mecklers.”
Morello — developer of the conservative website Grand Ol’Patriot Trumpeter — has disassociated herself from Mecker. At one time, however, she claimed to be a close confidant. In a comment below, she wrote: “I have been Patty’s shoulder to cry on as Mark spent weeks in D.C. leaving her with their kids, when a tree fell on their house and their plumbing backed up and their Great Dane had rectal problems!” (Patty is Mark’s wife).
Laura Boatright, coordinator of Tea Party IE in Southern California also weighed in: “First of all, as for ‘who’s a racist,’ Mark Williams wrote a very distasteful SATIRE that he should have had someone else read BEFORE he posted it. Especially with sarcasm and satire, sometimes it does not read with the same ‘flavor’ as we meant it to. (I am not a huge fan of Williams’, but I try to be FAIR with all people, even those I disagree with.)
“However, Mark Meckler, IMO, has put his personal vendetta above the TRUTH of the movement, and an honest debate about race in America at large in order to POSITION Tea Party Patriots as THE spokespeople for the movement. MOST OF US REJECT THAT IDEA.
He is AFRAID to talk about real racism, so easier to attack his rival. While he’s busy ‘branding’ Tea Party Patriots by keeping Mark Williams’ story alive, I am addressing the TRUTH.”
“TPP should not go on Glenn Beck and throw stones at other Tea Party organizations,” added Larry Naritelli, a Tea Partier who ran for governor as a grassroots conservative candidate in the June primary. Meckler and Tea Patriot Jenny Beth Martin were on Fox commentator Glenn Beck’s show on Friday.
Pam Silleman, coordinator of the Napa Tea Party, also comments on George’s blog: “Frankly, after seeing the lies being perpetuated by Jenny Beth on the Glenn Beck show Friday, I really don’t even want to hear the name TPP or Mark Meckler or Jenny Beth.”
A unattributed statement written by Rebane on July 20 prompted Morello to speak out. George wrote: “The problem with Mandy started some time ago when she would not separate her political party interests with that of the TPP. She refused to sign on to the TPP principle of not endorsing or being connected to any particular political party.”
When Mandy questioned him, Rebane responded: “Thanks for commenting Mandy. Since I have no first person knowledge of this situation, my report was of what I was told by the Mecklers.”
On Rebane’s blog, Boatright called on him to disclose his contributions to Meckler. “Mr. Rebane, the movement is about ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY. So, I think for the sake of FULL DISCLOSURE AND DISCLAIMER you SHOULD tell us what you have given to Meckler, Sac Tea Party, Nevada County Tea Party Patriots, etc. Let’s just get it ALL out in the open,” she wrote.
Read all the comments below.