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TFA: Maggart a Primary Tea Party Target

Press release from the Tennessee Firearms Association; May 15, 2012:

TFA is joining forces with other grassroots organizations to have a voice in primary races

The 107th General Assembly, a historic one because it returned full power in Tennessee to the Republicans for the first time since the Civil War, has become the catalyst for grassroots organizations and conservatives across Tennessee how are increasingly voicing displeasure at the actions of the General Assembly (primarily in leadership) and the Governor for turning their backs on the citizens and pandering to the interests of Big Business.

Certainly, it can be said that there have been some changes made which addressed issues of real concern to conservatives and constitutionally based groups but much of what was done can be described as “too little”, “baby steps”, “incomplete” in sum simply far short of what the voters who worked to put these “Republicans” in office expected to be done.

Consequently, even local news organizations are reporting that the primaries – the Republican primaries – are a big issue this year. Why? Because expectations of those incumbent Republicans fell far short of the promises they made and so the primaries are now an election cycle about accountability in Tennessee.

For example, consider the following news release as a sample of what many more Tea Party groups have already or are releasing to their members:

Patriots,

The reason for this letter is to impress upon each Tennessee Tea Party Patriot why we should engage with our money and time in a particular race in Middle Tennessee and why it is imperative that we win this race in District 45 which is in the Madisonville and Goodlettsville area just north of Nashville.

The Tea Party’s goal is to encourage state government to protect Tennesseans from Federal overreach. All of the legislation that we promoted in the past legislative session had only one purpose and that was to protect the people, which is the purpose of government. All of the legislation that we promoted for this purpose either failed or was withdrawn.

After the second armed federal raid on Gibson Guitar and the seizure of their manufacturing materials we expected our state legislators to take action to protect Tennesseans from further such federal abuse of power. The Republican leadership failed to take any interest in protecting us and did absolutely nothing.

The blame for the failure of state government to protect the people lands primarily at the feet of the House Republican leadership. If there is any chance of us getting anywhere with state government standing up to protect us we absolutely must see a change in leadership. As close as we can get to making a change in leadership is to defeat the House Republican Caucus Chairman in the primary election and that is Representative Debra Maggart.

The Tennessee 8th District Tea Party Coalition met on Saturday 5/5/2012 to establish the Republican legislator most in need of defeat in the primary elections. After a four hour meeting and debate all 10 Tea Party groups represented along with two guest groups came to a unanimous decision to support Lt. Col. Courtney Rogers in her bid to unseat Debra Maggart in the primary election. Courtney was leader of the Sumner County Tea Party and we have confidence that she is a true constitutional conservative with the values we need in state government. It is an absolute must that we succeed in defeating Debra Maggart. Tea Party groups in Middle Tennessee will be working with us as well but defeating the House Republican Caucus Chair is a challenge.

It’s time for our membership to step up to the plate. We need grass roots donations to Courtney’s campaign from all 10 of our TN8 Tea Party group members. Please consider doing all you can to be a part of this effort. Visit Courtney’s web-site and read about her background. You’ll be impressed. Then please make a donation that stretches you a little. Again, we’ve got to win this one and nothing of value is gained without sacrifice. You can donate on her web-site here. www.votecourtney.com

If you prefer to donate by check, please mail your check to:

Friends of Courtney Rogers
170 East Main Street, #216
Hendersonville, TN 37075

David Nance
Chairman
Tennessee 8th District Tea Party Coalition

A Common Theme – Remove Debra Maggart from Office

Why has this theme arisen?

Certainly, there are a significant number in the Republican caucus in the General Assembly who deserve to be removed from office. They know it. However, they also take advantage of the old “divide and conquer” strategy. They assume that they can raise money from the Speaker and the Lt. Gov’s super PACS, from business resources, from wealthy governor, etc., in amounts far greater than challengers can raise. Perhaps they can.

What they do not expect, however, is that organizations will focus efforts of their members on specific local races and make those races statewide issues – like the defeat of Debra Maggart. We might not be able to defeat Harwell, McCormick, Maggart, or any of about 14 RINOS that a House Republican member has told TFA to “go get them” this year – but the fact is that we do not have to get them all. What conservative voters and organizations should do is to form a concensus and start picking these incumbents off like political snipers. Make political examples of them. Use their political careers as “hides” and as a political warning and demand for accountability from others. Take them out of office so that the true conservatives (there are some) in the rank and file can get enough courage and enough of a numerical majority to take control of leadership, replace Beth Harwell and others in Republican leadership and install into leadership positions those who place duty to the citizen above partisanship.

Maggart is a member of House leadership. Maggart, by her own words, sees her job as first and foremost partisan – to increase the number of Republicans holding office. She knowingly sacrifices civil rights, constitutional rights, and doing what is right all in the name of partisan power. She pretends to be a 2nd Amendment supporter when talking with gun owners. She pretends to be a 10th Amendment supporter when talking with Tea Parties about the Constitutional Sheriff’s legislation. She pretended to be supportive of local citizens who tried to protect their telephone cooperatives from raids by AT&T. She is a pretender. Citizens have been fooled enough. Now it is time to act.

11 replies on “TFA: Maggart a Primary Tea Party Target”

This is hilarious. Maggart is amongst the most conservative Republicans in the state legislature. These guys couldn’ even find someone to run against Mike Turner. So Turner is going in unopposed. They have nothing to work on so they are soiling the Republican party mess kit.

Guys get a clue!

Saying that Maggart is the “most conservative” in the current legislature, isn’t saying much. Having said that, the Tea Party is responsible for strong-arming this legislature into flogging the Health Care Compact that Turner actually helped kill!! If anyone were to actually read that bill, they would see that, although it would channel control of health care dollars to a state level, a) it creates a whole new government bureaucracy of un elected controllers, b) it’s straight out of Obamacare and requires mimicking of Obamacare on a state level c) would require state funding after year one
d) Even if SCOTUS determines Obamacare to be un constitutional TN would be stuck with a state law making them part of a compact. Dumb found a new home in the TN legislature.

Unless you live in the districts that are represented by some of these representatives and get to see them frequently, you cannot grasp fully some of the things that have been said to some of us, or done. A representative can stand behind their “records.” They can tout these “conservative voting records” and hide behind them, and most don’t get to experience the behaviors on a firsthand basis.

As far as Robertson and Sumner Counties, who are most effected by this one representative, we have seen and heard more on a daily basis, then most can fathom. The idea that someone owns this seat; the idea that “most voters did not fully understand and voted for a Senator who has not paid his dues to the Republican Party,” the arrogance, the vitriol toward the constituents, the threats toward those in business, (and I’ve heard it all campaigning around the district for another candidate), is beyond reprehensible.

Having worked endless hours coming up to 2010 elections to campaign and working the polls in Robertson for our candidates, then being thrown under the bus by some in the Party, some of the candidates I worked hard for, being told by many of them “the people (in the tea party) had nothing to do with our elections to office,” left a bitter and foul taste in my mouth. Even up to a couple of months ago, (and especially over the past year), I (along with many of us), have been insulted, yelled at, humiliated, treated with statements like, “you people just don’t understand the workings of the legislature,” “you need to let us handle the legislative issues and provide our own oversight over each other, ” ” why are you down here all the time, you need to just go home and let us handle these things.” And if you are long at all to observe the legislative process, you witness, (and it only took me a few days), the kabuki dance that is the process, perfectly choreographed to give many APPEARANCES. This is not to say there are not good stewards of our government down there who mean well, but they don’t last long inside these Caucuses (as “they just don’t cooperate and walk the line.” This was also told to me re: our fine Senator (Roberts.) As we have seen, you don’t walk the line and are malleable, they draw you out of the district, at worse; at best, they stuff you in a broom closet, don’t allow you to sit committees, or vote on important pieces of legislation.

All the while many of these representatives postured as “tea party candidates” as long as we had a service to provide…to get them elected or re-elected, or to serve their pet projects. When we were no longer useful (idiots), we were treated with utter contempt and disdain.

Shall I name names? I determined I would not waste another minute of my life down at the Hill this year. I determined instead to phone my representatives, write them, educate the folks on the issues, and primary those who have forgotten what they are there for. I see now I must return to the Hill next legislative session….and believe me, I rue that day. But I will return to support our representatives, to provide something of a buffer for them against the other representatives and lobbyists who attempt to pound them into submission, against weird ideas and “pet projects” and handouts that go counter to our State’s constitution.

There is much to the personality of an incumbent (and some first-time candidates) who have dreams and visions of glory in politics, and it doesn’t take long for one to completely lose what and who they represent, and lose their souls completely.

Let me add this: I was told by one Senator just last night, the pounding that these representatives experience at the hands of lobbyists and big business is entirely daunting. I also understood that while they are being pummeled into the ground at the Hill, it is a good thing for “friendly” faces to be down there to provide something of a buffer. It is a good thing to look into a committee room, and see a friend there, instead of threatening faces driving holes through your soul while sitting important legislation. It is the rare legislator, steward of government, that can maintain morals and principles in the face of the bloody onslaught that occurs down there. It is up to us to be extremely well-informed on the issues, and to help maintain vigilance, support, and accountability.

We must be robust in our resolve not to get involved in this process in order to build and sustain our own little kingdoms of power and (wrongly) perceived influence. The voter is responsible for being involved on a very deep level, and to be entirely educated, upright and moral.

Tami,

I know first-hnd how the long in the tooth incumbent, Debra Maggart, operates. How she has contempt for people who ask for help, especially when that help conflicts with her special interests. Our stories need to be heard. In our case, 10 subdivisions are paying city taxes for a plan of service they do not have, which is in violation of Chapter 1101 law. Yesterday, Maggart stated had the audacity to come begging for votes in our subdivision, which has been ravaged by crime, thanks to her and her “political friends”. She claimed to not know TN law and called me a LIAR. Really? Hostile to your constituents? I know more about TN law than a lawmaker? She also said that Courtney won’t win! I will do all I can to spread the word and encourage everyone to make sure and unseat this unsavory, career politician. She’ll out in a good face but is a habitual liar.

[…] Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey said he is joining the crowd of high-ranking Republicans to back the embattled Rep. Debra Maggart, who has become a political target among some Tea Party groups and the Tennessee Firearms Association. […]

I know first-hnd how the long in the tooth incumbent, Debra Maggart, operates. How she has contempt for people who ask for help, especially when that help conflicts with her special interests. Our stories need to be heard. In our case, 10 subdivisions are paying city taxes for a plan of service they do not have, which is in violation of Chapter 1101 law. Yesterday, Maggart had the audacity to come begging for votes in our subdivision, which has been ravaged by crime, thanks to her and her “political friends”. She claimed to not know TN law and called me a LIAR. Really? Hostile to your constituents? I know more about TN law than a lawmaker? She also said that Courtney won’t win! I will do all I can to spread the word and encourage everyone to make sure and unseat this unsavory, career politician. She’ll put in a good face but is a habitual liar.

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