published Friday, July 16th, 2010

Tea Party Nation founders endorse Robin Smith

Tea Party Nation founders Judson and Sherry Phillips have endorsed Robin Smith in the 3rd Congressional District Republican primary.

“Robin is a true conservative,” Mr. Phillips said in a news release. “She has supported the tea party movement since its beginning and spoke at the very first tea party rally I held at Legislative Plaza in downtown Nashville in February 2009.”

He said “some politicians waited to see which way the wind was blowing,” but that Mrs. Smith “jumped in with her convictions and her full support.”

“Other politicians conditioned their support on being publicly associated with the tea party movement and wanted to know what they could gain,” said Mr. Phillips. “Robin, on the other, has worked tirelessly behind the scenes motivated only by her desire to help this country.”

Tea Party Nation joins Chattanooga Tea Party leaders Mark West and Karen Chastain in endorsing Mrs. Smith.

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MountainJoe said...

There are many in the Chattanooga Tea Party who do NOT endorse Robin Smith. I know of a lot more tea party activists who are supporting Van Irion. Robin "talks the talk" but Van walks the walk. We can depend on him to follow the Constitution ... and that, after all, is the job description.

July 16, 2010 at 12:01 p.m.
pemallardepbfi said...

I am a tea party member and I DON'T endorse her. She supports Zach Wamp and he voted for TARP. She doesn't know the difference between Flat Tax and Fair Tax. Listen to her and you can hear some of the same old thing we have been hearing from all the politicians that are in Washington now. I stopped going to the Chattanooga Tea Party when they did that farce of a straw poll a couple of months ago. The whole thing was ridiculous, they just wanted us to write down whether or not we had picked our candidate. Why were they afraid to ask who? The straw poll from Bradley County was one poll Robin won, if you had money you could vote and vote often. I saw that as a huge sham and she uses it as some sort of endorsement.

July 16, 2010 at 12:42 p.m.
queeni said...

I am a Reagan Conservative, however should she receive the Republican nomination, I wish the Democratic nominee the best of luck in November. She gives the Republican Party a bad name and would be the Right Wing version of Nancy Pelosi and God knows we don't need another one of those. It’s not personal, her practice of "win at all costs" tactics (including trashing other candidates and people who support them)are distasteful and simple not worthy to be in the House of Representatives.

July 16, 2010 at 12:53 p.m.
queeni said...

And not to mention how much support the Tea Party will lose because of this endorsement... I would have expected more from the Chattanooga branch.

July 16, 2010 at 1 p.m.
MountainJoe said...

I understand that Robin has had a few "Mel Gibson moments" in conversations with supporters of other candidates during the course of the campaign. It will be interesting to see if any of those hot-tempered incidents come into public view before the election.

July 16, 2010 at 1:29 p.m.
inquiringmind said...

I'm a yellow dog democrat and think the tea party is basically espousing a delusional and antiquarian way of a world that is two centuries gone by, so you are forewarned; however, a little decency would help Tennessee politics. I know Robin personally and she is a very nice woman, mother and wife who does not deserve nor merit the denigrating comments above - regardless of your politics or hers - and the fact she supported wump! If I can overlook that you ought to be able to find a way to be polite in your own party. If you don't like her, let your vote do the talking - not your mouth.

July 16, 2010 at 1:51 p.m.
gjuster said...

Mr. Phillips is a TP fraud - the three Robin supporters from the Chattanooga Tea Party did not support his so called national tea party convention - because they saw him as a fraud as well. I'm sure that they don't really like their name associated with his.

I would guess that about 60+ % of the Chatt Tea Party support Van Irion - as well as many of the leaders of the CTP including Brendan Jennings, Tony Kubik, Carol Grohn, and myself. In addition - Van has polled about 90% of the Tea Party vote across the third district.

For Ms. Smith, an establishment Republican desperate to lose that label - you got the wrong guy to help - Judson Phillips is what we call Teastablishment or teapublican.

Van Irion is the right person for the job.

July 16, 2010 at 2:28 p.m.
boozzoe1 said...

I don't know about the rest of you, but after reading the comments by inquiringmind, I will never vote for Robin Smith. If that is the type of person she attracts, she is not what I am looking for. Inquiringmind is right abour one thing though, this nation is changing, for the worst. His attitude and others like him, is exactly why. We need to find elected people who still hold the feelings of respect for the constitution and who love this country. If you don't want us to get back to a moral, God loving nation, PLEASE LEAVE. There plently of places where you'll be welcome.

July 28, 2010 at 8:39 p.m.
twiblue1 said...

Any Tea Party group that endorses Robin Smith is not a constitutionalist entity and therefore false. Research, think, learn. If it is true that this Tea Party Nation group is spouting this drivel I am sure they will be soon dissolved in the minds of those who understand what the Constitutionalist movement is all about.

August 1, 2010 at 6:53 a.m.
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