Yesterday Mark Skoda, the president of the Memphis Tea Party and has an outstanding radio show on local radio here in western Tennessee, announced that we were all endorsing Mitt Romney as Republican candidate for President. I found out about this from a twitter message from Larry O'Connor of Breitbart TV. Larry mentioned that Mark would be on his show last night explaining why there was an endorsement for a very non-tea party guy like Romney, especially after only 2 primaries and one caucus in 3 very small states. There was never a vote taken by members of the Memphis Tea Party regarding endorsing one candidate over the other, and I'm really not happy with this heavy handed endorsement without the rank and file participation.
Well, Larry was quick to half jokingly call Mark a RINO, and he did not take it well. When asked by a caller why there was never at least a chance for members to participate in an open vote, Mr. Skoda responded with, and I'm paraphrasing here since I don't remember the exact quote, "I made an executive decision". Excuse me Mark, but the Tea Party is not about top down decisions like this. You are forgetting that we are a grass roots movement. If I wanted to belong to an organization that has heavy handed top down political management, I'd work with the RNC. Your early endorsement of Romney has alienated many Tea Party conservatives, and I have to consider about how much I will support this organization in the future.
I'm not endorsing anyone at this point, and certainly not happy with the lot that the GOP has put up this year. I'll hold my nose and vote for Romney if he is the candidate, but only because we need to get rid of Obama for the sake of the country. But endorsing a New England liberal as the Tea Party candidate in the premise of it being an executive decision stinks of top down politics ala Meet John Doe.
You speak for yourself Mr. Skoda. Don't send an endorsement for one of the largest Tea Party organizations in our name, just because you are on Mitt's bandwagon.