Four New Jersey Tea Party groups and a Southern California Tea Party group joined forces today in warning national Republicans not to nominate a moderate for president in 2016. In their joint statement released this morning, the Bayshore Tea Party Group, the East Jersey Tea Party Group, the NJ TEA Party Caucus and the Ventura County Tea Party from California claimed credit for the 2008 and 2012 electoral victories on President Barack Obama and promised more of the same if a moderate or liberal Republican is nominated in 2016.
In the event a moderate or liberal republican is nominated by the GOP in 2016, the Tea Party groups that joined together in this statement, have pledged to refuse any support for that nominee and urge all concerned Americans who believe in liberty, prosperity, smaller government and fiscal responsibility, to join them in their action. Other groups throughout the nation are expected to join within the weeks and months to come.
A moderate Republican will result in the continuation of lower Conservative Republican voter turnout that began in the late 1990’s and was a significant contributor to Republican Presidential loses in 2008 and 2012.
Bayshore Tea Party Group Co-founder Barbara Gonzalez said the groups have polled their members and found that the majority will not support a Republican nominee who does not pass their litmus tests. “These preliminary results indicate that we will NO LONGER accept an RNC ‘anointed’ candidate who, more than likely, will be a moderate republican”, said Gonzalez. “It is time for the GOP to choose a candidate who reflects the values and core principles that were once that of the Republican party, and propelled Ronald Reagan to landslide victories in 1980 and 1984 – namely: smaller government, lower taxes and respect for the rule of Constitutional law”.
RoseAnn Salanitri, President of the NJ TEA Party Caucus released a list of possible presidential candidates the groups have agreed to vet and threatened to withdraw support if the candidates don’t toe the line. “The candidates, such as the ones listed below, will be properly vetted,” Salanitri said, “We reserve the right to withdraw our support if any inappropriate or unacceptable attributes are discovered as the vetting process proceeds”.
The results of our preliminary polling resulted in this list of candidates, selected by the membership of the participating Tea Party groups. The groups intend to release future notices of additional polling, along with the respective voting percentages as they are completed and tabulated. Governor Scott Walker Senator Ted Cruz Senator Rand Paul Dr. Ben Carson Governor Mike Huckabee Colonel Allen West Governor Susana Martinez Governor Sarah Palin
In other news, Skip Ross, owner of The Sand Witch Shop in Highlands, said he likes Senator Rand Paul for president in 2016 if Obama doesn’t pull a Bloomberg and run for a third term.