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Woodstock Tea Party Founder Criticizes GOP

Jenny Beth Martin blames the Republican establishment for Mitt Romney's loss in the presidential election.

The national coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots isn't mincing words on what she believes is the cause of Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney's defeat in the Nov. 6 presidential election. 

Jenny Beth Martin, who lives in Woodstock, issued a press release and held a press conference, blasting the Republican Party for "hand-picking a weak, Beltway elite candidate who failed to campaign forcefully on America’s founding principles – and lost."

Martin said conservatives "wanted a fighter like Ronald Reagan who boldly championed America's founding principles," but noted the party instead nominated a "moderate" candidate to challenge President Barack Obama for the office.

“What we got was a weak moderate candidate, hand-picked by the Beltway elites and country-club establishment wing of the Republican Party," she added. "The presidential loss is unequivocally on them."

Martin went on to say the Tea Party is the "last best hope" to restore "America's founding principles and begin the process of balancing the federal budget, eliminating the national debt and fighting the full implementation of the Affordable Health Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare.

Cherokee County Republican Party Chairman Bob Rugg said he won't comment on Martin's statements, but added the party has to "pull together and work in the same direction." 

What do you think of Martin's statement? Tell us in the comments!

Georgia Moderate November 09, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Well said. Of course, Republicans will have to have a candidate who is not like Rick Santorum, who, just today, claimed that a "homosexual cabal" stole the election.
Hazard3 November 10, 2012 at 04:32 AM
I think it's absolutely ridiculous to not support the Republican candidate in this race. We needed to defead Obama - period! And it's this kind of logic and devisiveness that defeats the Republican party instead. We as a party need to come together and put aside the tearing each other down and pull together with our common goals - smaller government, more job creation using tax incentives to small businesses and those who keep jobs in America, less taxes, more local control, more support to charities and people who take care of the poor and needy therefore not needing the govt. to do so, healthcare that crosses state boundaries where competition reduces high prices, becoming energy independent from the Middle East, sticking with our constitution, enforcing laws we already have instead of making new ones, etc. This is why I am a Republican. Stop bickering and come together Republicans! We are about to become a party of the past if we don't watch it. It is sad that less Republicans voted in this election than in the last when this one is MORE critical. Stop this nonsense and pull together!
Georgette T November 10, 2012 at 03:24 PM
To Georgia Moderate: The Rick Santorum comment came from a Satirical media similar to The Onion. Santorum did not say this. While the article looks real, it was not.
Aww Now November 10, 2012 at 05:20 PM
So did the die-hard republicans vote for Obama or Johnson b/c Romney wasn't conservative enough? What??? That's what you're saying Martin & Sheridan. Romney was too moderate, so voters chose less moderate & less conservative candidates. Here's a news flash, you all were already voting Republican if the candidate was racist David Dukes. The Tea Party cost Senate seats ( Richard Lugar and others) and failed to unseat Its like watching the clowns chase a ball at the circus, you just don't get it. Tea Party failed to unseat McCaskill in Missouri & crazy-lady Michele Bauchman won by less than 1% though outspending opponent 11 to 1. Lastly, stop saying Ronald Reagan. Every person with an R next to their name thinks they've received a Reagan blessing from Shirley McLain. He would've rejected you all.
Georgia Moderate November 10, 2012 at 05:35 PM
You do know that Georgia passed a law that allows out of state insurers to offer policies here, and that to date, it has done absolutely nothing. No out of state insurers really have any interest in offering insurance policies to those in a state with high rates of obesity.

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