Ga. tea-party groups target GOP candidates

Monday, April 2, 2012 4:22 PM
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ATLANTA -- One of the tea-party groups has targeted 16 Republicans and one independent for defeat, but those in the crosshairs said Monday they’re progressing with their re-election campaigns undeterred.

Last week, the Peach TEA PAC issued its list of members of the House of Representatives that it described as being not adhering to bedrock Republican values.

“These members have been flagged as Republicans in name only,” noted the release, despite the fact that one of those listed doesn’t even claim to be a Republican in name or otherwise since he was elected as an independent.

Among those named locally are Reps. Tommy Benton of Jefferson, Mickey Channell of Greensboro, Chuck Sims of Ambrose and Ron Stephens of Savannah.

Most wound up on the list for not voting in favor of House Bill 954 by Rep. Doug McKillips, R-Athens, that will limit elective abortions to the first 20 weeks of a pregnancy. The political action committee issued its list after the House voted on the bill originally but before the Senate amended it and sent it back.

All but four of the original GOP “no” votes switched to “yes” after the Senate changed the wording to allow abortions in the case of a fetus that doctors say has no chance of surviving after birth.

“When a couple of sentences were added to the bill, I voted for it,” Benton said.

Sims wasn’t present for the original or final vote because, he said, he was busy overseeing local legislation as chairman of the committee that 391 bills had to pass through to update election districts for county commissions and school boards.

“I felt like it was more important to get my reapportionment stuff done,” he said.

Fifteen representatives didn’t vote on the final version, five were excused, but not Sims. House rules require members to vote if they are present unless excused for a conflict of interest. He did participate in the next vote four minutes later on the final night and on one eight minutes earlier on a different bill.

Stephens also didn’t vote when the bill came up for final passage, but he said he opposes abortion on demand.

“I am, and have always been, prolife in every case where life is possible,” he said.

None of the politicians interviewed expected the list to have any impact on their re-elections because they say their overall record is very conservative.

“No factor at all,” Stephens said.

Peach TEA is headed by Jeff Chapman, a Brunswick Republican who gave up his seat in the state Senate for an unsuccessful attempt to gain the gubernatorial nomination in 2010, but he said the political action committee’s board decided which votes to examine.

“We look at the five principles that we have as Republicans,” he said.

Sims derided Chapman as someone just trying to get back into politics after a defeat.

“I’ve won elections for 16 years. You’re talking about a loser, and you’re talking to a winner,” Sims said.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/02/12 - 03:33 pm
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Wow! One of the greatest

Wow! One of the greatest things the TEA party (or parties) had going was the fact that they stayed away from "social" issues and focused on tax and fiscal issues. If they stray into abortion, school policy, gambling, alcohol and tobacco, they will lose their focus and their wide-ranging support.

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burninater 04/02/12 - 08:11 pm
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LL, a 2010 Bloomberg poll

LL, a 2010 Bloomberg poll showed "44% identify as "born-again Christians", compared with 34% for the general population."

It may be inevitable that they skew towards gov't activism on values issues. Maybe they'll split that group out of the Republican base and Republicans can go back to the DDE mold. Won't be keeping my fingers crossed though, as long as Republicans continue to grovel at the Limbaugh altar ...

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Riverman1 04/02/12 - 08:56 pm
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Democrats comprise 15% of Tea

Democrats comprise 15% of Tea Partiers according to a Gallup Poll published in the Wash. Post.

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bjphysics 04/03/12 - 12:08 am
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A check of the congressional

A check of the congressional record since the class of 2010 convened clearly shows the Tea Party is a Trojan Horse for conservative social issues.

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Techfan 04/03/12 - 03:37 am
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The Gallup poll was from 2

The Gallup poll was from 2 years ago. Around the same time, The Winston Group had the number at 13%. Politico/Target Point had the number at 9%, and CNN had it at 4%. Again, these polls were conducted from around March and April 2010. It would be interesting to see the numbers now that the Tea Party has drifted away from the tax/debt debate into more social issues.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/03/12 - 07:30 am
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Are these social-issue Tea

Are these social-issue Tea Partiers targeting Republicans who don't want to interfere with women's uteruses? It's so confusing.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/03/12 - 07:33 am
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Jeff Chapman said: “We look

Jeff Chapman said:

“We look at the five principles that we have as Republicans.”

What are they?

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seenitB4 04/03/12 - 07:39 am
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If the REPs want to win..they

If the REPs want to win..they have to STAY OUT of a womans body....but can they....some in congress (white heads) probably can w/o any trouble...we shall see.

Techfan
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Techfan 04/03/12 - 07:44 am
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Guns Gays Gynecology Gasoline

Guns
Gays
Gynecology
Gasoline
Gesus

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Riverman1 04/03/12 - 07:48 am
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Techfan, you forgot the BIG

Techfan, you forgot the BIG G.....Goverment.

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investigator 04/06/12 - 05:05 pm
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The Tea Party- What a group

The Tea Party- What a group of unpatriotic, ungrateful, hateful people who doesn't beleive in DIVERSITY who claim that they want their country back!! Every semi-intelligent person know exactly what that means, they want a white person leading this country even if its Sara Palin or Mit Romney who no one can relate to! Tea Party stop the hate and get on board and vote for the President Obama and please don't focus on race but the issues and what's best for this wonderful country!!

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