Tea Power Of Louisiana

October 8, 2011

Well, they have done it. The Tea Party of Louisiana initiated a power grab that would counter the Tea Party movement by consolidating the entire Louisiana Tea Party organizations into the hands of a few middle aged white men. When I say a few, I mean, less than 10. This group, formed without the consent of any of the several more local Tea Parties, was formed with the intentions of forcing all the Tea Parties across the state to adhere to this small group. Letters were sent out to the Tea Party organizations with demands by the Tea Party of Louisiana.

The already organized Tea Parties retaliated and formed their own independent coalition of actual Tea Parties and called it the “Louisiana Tea Party Federation”. This statewide organization is the actual organization of Tea Parties and this organization, nor the Tea Parties around the state actually endorse candidates. The several Tea Parties around the state feel that their job is to educate and let the people decide, not dictate to other people how they ought to vote.

Many of the Tea Party activist who have chosen to run for office have felt slighted by the Tea Party of Louisiana. Many Tea Party activist feel that the Tea Party of Louisiana betrays actual Tea Party candidates in favor of left wing candidates, or at the very least, candidates who never participated in a Tea Party event. Among the Tea Party activist are:

Trey Roberts – chartered member of GNOTP A Tea Party Democrat running for Governor…. yes I said Governor…. What can you say about LOFTY GOALS…. but he is conservative for sure…
Karen Champagne – Northshore 912 – St Tammany Parish President
Walt Bennetti – GNOTP – Jefferson Parish Councilman District 4
Laura O’Halloran – Livingston Parish Tea Party President -State Rep Dist 81
Maureen O Brien – St Tammany Council dist 10

The Southwest Tea Party is demanding a retraction from Senator David Vitter when Senator Vitter openly proclaimed that the Tea Party endorses Jim Tucker. Although this is true that this small group of men endorsed Jim Tucker, most Tea Party organizations and their members refuse to endorse Jim Tucker because they have not forgotten the pay raise debacle in which Jim Tucker tried to give himself and other legislators a huge pay raise that would go into effect immediately. Surely Senator Vitter is being misled, like many other people are, that the Tea Party of Louisiana is representative of Louisiana Tea Parties when they clearly are not.

Tea Party activist were left scratching their heads over Tea Party of Louisiana’s endorsement in District 81, where Laura O’Halloran, the Livingston Parish Tea Party founder & President, and now a current candidate for state Representative, was passed over in favor or Gillis Windham. Many theorize that since the Tea Party obviously could not legitimately endorse a tax and spend Republican in Clay Schexnayder, TPOL would split the Tea Party vote by giving the endorsement to a non-tea party conservative in Windham. In fact, when Windham was first asking for TPOL’s endorsement, they had to explain to him that the Tea Party was a political organization and not a political party. Still, Windham got the endorsement. One of the Tea Party of Louisiana’s founders, who is a “former Obama supporter” argued for TPOL’s endorsement for Clay Schexnayder over O’Halloran.

Long before any of the Tea Party of Louisiana’s members decided to become a part of the Tea Party, a lady named Robin Edwards called a meeting in Baton Rouge to create a Tea Party. This was the beginning of the Baton Rouge Tea Party, the first Tea Party organization in Louisiana. Robin Edwards worked with the several Tea Party organizations around the state. She has lived and breathed the Tea Party movement, but tonight, on Tea Party of Louisiana’s page, some very malicious and misleading attacks against Robin Edwards occured. Edwards supported Joseph Cao over Cedric Richmond, which would make sense being that it’s better to have somebody who agrees with you 50% of the time over somebody who doesn’t agree with you at all. Still, facts don’t stop this rogue organization from bullying it’s way through. Screen shots of this bullying will be available soon.

We at Louisiana Conservative would like to encourage all people to disregard the Tea Party of Louisiana’s endorsements, as all official Tea Party organizations have rejected the Tea Party of Louisiana as an official statewide entity representing all Tea Parties of Louisiana. We would also encourage Tea Party members to speak out against the Tea Party of Louisiana.

KELSY WILLIAMS, PULASKI.(Neighbors Oswego)

The Post-Standard (Syracuse, NY) May 11, 2006 Byline: Walt Wasilewski Staff writer ***** CORRECTION: May 18, 2006 The military ZIP Code for sending school supplies for Iraqi children published May 11 in Oswego Neighbors was incorrect. Here is the complete correct address:

1LT Kelsy Williams HHC, STB, 2 BCT, 4TH ID UNIT # 40503 APO, AE 09312-0503.

***** Not many years ago, Kelsy Williams was racing around as an all-star outfielder for Pulaski High School’s softball team and raising prize-winning lambs as a hobby.

Now, the 2004 West Point graduate finds herself in a far different place: the war-torn nation of Iraq. go to web site pulaski high school

Williams, a first lieutenant with the 4th Infantry Division out of Fort Hood, Texas, has been stationed there since November and will stay overseas about a year. She spends most of her days performing personnel duties, according to her mother, Carolyn Williams, of Pulaski.

Kelsy Williams has created a channel to help her friends and neighbors back home reach out to the children of Iraq. She is asking for people to send pencils, erasers, book bags, crayons and other school supplies to her in Iraq. Visit www.iraqischools.com for a list of suggested donations. web site pulaski high school

So far, donations have come from the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Oswego, some youth groups, Pathfinder Bank employees and others, Carolyn Williams said. She and her husband, Steve, are members of the church.

Send supplies to: 1LT Kelsy Williams HHC, STB, 2 BCT, 4TH ID UNIT # 40503 APO, AE 09314-0503.

CAPTION(S):

PHOTO Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army 1ST LT. KELSY WILLIAMS, a Pulaski High School graduate, poses with Iraqi children near Al Haswah.

BY THE NUMBERS 600,000 The number of Iraqi children who have missed out on their formal education, according to a 2004 survey by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Iraqi Ministry of Education.

74 The percentage of children whose education has been interrupted that are girls.

24 The percentage of Iraqi children who drop out of school before completion of primary education.

311,800 The number of refugees reported in Iraq in 2004, the last full year for which the United Nations High Commission on Refugees has statistics.


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