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."