A group of conservatives aligned with the Tea Party movement announced a plan Monday to replace liberal Republicans in Congress with candidates firmly on the political right.
According to Tea Party Leadership Fund Treasurer Dan Backer, the initiative includes the 87 GOP congressmen who failed to stand up to Barack Obama’s government shutdown demands.
Targeting so-called RINOs, an acronym for “Republicans in Name Only,” Backer said traditional Americans must hold leftists accountable regardless of their political affiliation.
“These RINOs have let the American people down and it is time for us to get our money back,” he explained. As part of the movement, he wants conservatives to demand such politicians return their campaign contributions.
“We want our money back,” he said, “and you should ask for yours back too from any RINO who voted to fund ObamaCare.”
Furthermore, Backer wants to find competitive candidates to challenge establishment Republicans during midterm primaries.
Those who support the group’s mission can sign a petition on PrimaryTraitors.com, which lays out the grievances many conservatives have toward leftists in the GOP.
“We believed in them,” the petition begins, leading into a number of broken promises regarding ObamaCare and other pressing national issues.
The message continues by chastising “RINOs who joined forces with liberal Democrats to raise the debt limit and end the shutdown,” calling them “traitors to the cause” who “delivered a vote for bigger government, more taxes, more spending, more government dependence, more human misery.”
This direct approach is likely to resonate with many conservatives who feel current Republican representatives are out of touch with the ideals of their constituents.
It has become commonplace for the Tea Party to criticize the usual suspects in the Democrat party. When the grassroots movement takes aim at those within the GOP, however, its targets should take the warning seriously.
–B. Christopher Agee
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