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Michigan won't allow the Tea Party on the ballot!

The republicans are fighting it because they are afraid they will lose votes to Tea Party candidates.


Asked by UpSheRises at 9:10 AM on Aug. 24, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • It will just split the republican vote and leave democrats in control.
    Oh, but I thought that Tea Partiers weren't Republicans? lol
    Yeah, I heard this on NPR this morning. A bunch of Tea Partiers said they knew nothing about it, and the 60,000 signatures they got weren't really TEA party people, or something. Anyway it had to be approved by a majority of a commission that is made up of two Dems and two Republicans, the Pubs voted against, the Dems for, so the tie vote meant that they couldn't run a candidate. NPR was not able to verify as of yet who was behind the candidates they wanted on the ballot, but they did report that some of the candidates were possibly not of age to actually run, so that seems suspicious. I'm anxious to hear more...

    Answer by stacymomof2 at 10:41 AM on Aug. 24, 2010

  • "What we know so far casts real doubt on the sincerity of this Tea Party exercise. The principals behind it have been exposed as Democrats with union ties. They were all put on the ballot in very competitive districts where votes for them would hurt Republican hopefuls. And last week, a Democratic operative in Oakland County was accused of fraudulently notarizing affidavits for a dozen of the candidates on the ballot. That in itself is a crime worth prosecuting."


    Answer by michiganmom116 at 9:45 AM on Aug. 24, 2010

  • Isn't it Ironic, Don't ya think?

                                    -Alanis Morisette


    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 9:20 AM on Aug. 24, 2010

  • Ooooops! Trying to make republicans look bad, are we? To bad this has been shown to be a dirty campaign trick by the DEMOCRATS, to put false candidates on the ballot to hurt the Republicans!


    Answer by SavageJane at 9:29 AM on Aug. 24, 2010

  • What's IRONIC is that the Freep is a LIBERAL paper!

    Answer by michiganmom116 at 9:44 AM on Aug. 24, 2010

  • It will just split the republican vote and leave democrats in control.

    Answer by Carpy at 10:06 AM on Aug. 24, 2010

  • This whole Tea Party Candidate thing was just a scam by the democrats and UAW to deceive voters.

    An Oakland County Democratic Party staffer, Jason Bauer, notarized the forms for the Tea Party candidates. (Bauer was asked to resign by the Oakland party.) Firms that helped the organizers gather signatures also are tied to state Democrats and the UAW.

    This is a cheap, dirty trick. It reflects a lack of respect for Michigan voters. And it will lead to some voters being disenfranchised when they go to the polls. If the court allows it to stand, the practice of drumming up fake parties to draw off votes from legitimate candidates will become standard practice in Michigan.

    From The Detroit News:

    Answer by SavageJane at 10:37 AM on Aug. 24, 2010

  • I wonder, though...if they get the required signatures, what is legally stopping them from running their third party? Is the name Tea Party somehow restricted to non-Democrats?

    Answer by stacymomof2 at 10:49 AM on Aug. 24, 2010

  • The real problem with the "tea party" is it only weakens the republican party and therefore as for as on the ballot they will most likely be unable to get anything productive done. It'll end up like the historic bull moose party. It's a shame that they apparently don't know their history (which is ironic given their name lol). I understand they are fed up with political system as it stands, but you can't solve the problem of dirty politicians simply by starting another party. Maybe people shouldn't be able to run with a party affiliation at all, then they would have to take a stance on things and their past voting would be looked at. The solution to the "problem" the tea party seems to be fighting will only be found if "parties" are left behind and people have to stand for their own values.

    Answer by MamaSarah1104 at 9:58 AM on Aug. 24, 2010

  • LOL, so now the Democrats are the Tea Party? Hahaha.

    Answer by SavageJane at 10:51 AM on Aug. 24, 2010