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!

Registered Republican November 09, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Bob Rugg's non-response to Ms. Martin's criticism of the GOP served to reinforce the passive (wimpy) stance by Republicans.
Guy Bailey November 09, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Actually mitt Romney deserves credit for keeping the election as close as he did. This wasn't so much a defeat for the GOP as an utter repudiation of the tea party and their reactionary anti govt agenda. As we saw with Sandy and the election the majority of people in liberal, multi cultural modern America approve of government, universal healthcare and higher taxes on the wealthy. The GOPs choice now is if they come in from the fringe and endorse these popular positions or are content to remain the electorally irrelevant angry old white protest group the tea party have turned them into.
Ann A. Jones November 09, 2012 at 01:36 PM
I agree with Ms Martin. I had many reasons to not vote for Mitt Romney, one of which was his shifting stand on almost every topic. A lot of my across the country either did not vote or voted third party. I can see little difference between what we will have with Obama compared to what we may have gotten with Romney. If the Republican party does not rebuild a firm conservative platform, then it may as well merge with the Democrats. I am hoping that a few third parties will find a way to represent the views of so many of us.
Resident of Towne Lake November 09, 2012 at 01:39 PM
The Tea is getting stale and old. What the zealots in the tea party failed to recognize is that a campaign filled with hateful rhetoric is not a campaign that will allow for collaborative thought. Our nation has diversity and the tea party wants purity in it's tea leaves. You either believe what they do or they will attack you directly. Point as an example Jenny Beth Martin, lose an election and attack the candidate who failed your principals. There is a reason why 6 tea party supporting representatives were elected out of their offices. Maybe it is time to put away the hate and look to be mature adults and talk about how to solve our problems together as a nation.
Grant Sharp November 09, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Where y'all not paying attention? The "firm conservative platform" just got your asses handed to you!
R.L. Federalist November 09, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Sorry, Ms. Martin, but your Monday morning quarterbacking is just plain wrong...and I say this as a Romney voter. This election was lost because the Republican Party panders to the right wing fringe on social issues and nobody wants to associate themselves with the Christian extremists who use abortion and gay marriage as a litmus test. The real bummer about this is that people on BOTH sides of the aisle don't seem to realize that it really doesn't matter how a candidate feels about these issues...THE PRESIDENT HAS NO POWER TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT EITHER OF THEM. And, let's be honest, the Tea Partiers aren't helping matters much either. I watched the Cherokee Tea Party Patriots this election cycle and, between supporting a morally deficient State Senator, a failure for a CPA to chair the School Board and a constitutional amendment that ceded local authority to a state agency, you managed to be on EXACTLY the wrong side of every issue. If you're truly looking for who's responsible, don't look to the beltway. Look in the mirror.
Georgette T November 09, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Could not have said this much better, RLF. Once again the Tea Party is blaming everyone else but themselves. Quite sad really, as they take no responsibility for diluting a once(and still) viable brand. These folks continue to take away from constructive messaging and are simply singing one note on a 7 note scale. They are wasting our time and our money.
Dean Sheridan November 09, 2012 at 04:50 PM
I guess the Voters in Georgia in S Carolina aren’t so stupid after all. We told the Country back then - why he will lose, who they needed to Nominate to win. Almost to a reason (when listening to all pundits from both sides) it sounds like they wanted Romney to morph into Newt during the Campaign; and then again as arm chair quarterbacks. Ms. Martin speaks the truth. I'm proud of her voice and I'm proud of the people in Georgia. Sometimes the truth hurts - it's the first step to real change. You don't need an Ivy League education to understand the difference between a Moderate Liberal and true Conservative. The GOP gave us Obama in 08' because of their lust for power - greed and the RNC rolled 55% of the electorate under the bus in 12". They disenfranchised enough in their power grab to make a difference even though 95% went along for the good of the Union. I suspect those days have come to an end and so will political careers for any House member’s that waiver so much as one inch from our values from here on out.
howard levy November 09, 2012 at 05:13 PM
As a libertarian minded Romney voter, I had to accept the social agenda that the Republican party insists upon but I bet we would have won if the Democrats had been unable to demonize the contraception & abortion issues
Grant Sharp November 09, 2012 at 05:17 PM
By Demonize, you mean completely reject? Because that's what happened Dog. Libertarian, what's it to you what women do with their bodies? Pro-Choice is the most libertarian position there is.
Grant Sharp November 09, 2012 at 05:27 PM
And if you're concerned about the GOP winning elections again and not just being a marginal protest group y'all need to read this - http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/11/11/how-the-republicans-got-stuck-in-the-past.html?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=cheatsheet_morning&cid=newsletter%3Bemail%3Bcheatsheet_morning&utm_term=Cheat%20Sheet
R.L. Federalist November 09, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Which values are you referring to?
Katherine Arcese November 09, 2012 at 06:02 PM
I do not agree with Martin's statement. Mitt Romney is a intelligent, moral, hard working man that could have helped the 23 million Americans get a job. We need a great businessman in the oval office and I am deeply disapointed that we will never know what a wonderful president Romney would have been. According to the news, 3 million Republicans did not vote......shame on you!!
mcrubaugh November 09, 2012 at 06:05 PM
I don't think America wants The Tea Party. And I think the association between The Tea Party and Republicans has severely hurt the Republicans. Proof is in the pudding, look at how many Tea Party candidates got their walking papers Nov 6th.
Darren Drevik November 09, 2012 at 08:36 PM
As a liberal, I encourage the Republican Party to continue operating as the Teapublican Party. Go further right! Keep embracing the racists and mysogynists in your party. Attack Hispanics more. Nominate more candidates who want to force is at government gunpoint to support their religious beliefs, no matter how crazy. Go, Republicans. Follow the advice of people like Jenny. And say hi to the Whigs for us!
Dean Sheridan November 09, 2012 at 08:51 PM
And election of your empty chair of a progressive liberal just cost people 61000 jobs. Hope your real proud as the carnage continues. What did you win? More job loses? Less take home pay? Grade A. Business owners are cutting employees from now throughout the rest of the year so you can have a "mulligan" because his job preformance sucked so bad. Another four years of dope politics and chains.
Georgette T November 09, 2012 at 10:45 PM
got it darren. thanks
Georgia Moderate November 09, 2012 at 10:51 PM
You've seen how well your Libertarian message with its undertones of religious extremism and bigotry has worked, Dean. And Newt had no little to no chance outside of the old "slave states;" despite your obvious cognitive bias. The GOP needs to bring a candidate forward who can speak to a majority of Americans.
A B Alcott November 09, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Problem is that Romney moved toward the TEA Party in the far right. Most American's are moderate, not crazy liberal left, or status quo right. Most Americans have mixed principles and beliefs that involved being conservative on some issues and more open minded about other issues that are more common in our modern society. Romney went way to far to the right and alienated many of the moderate Republicans. Adding Paul Ryan did not help his cause, but rather pushed the Republican ticket even further to the right, out of many folks' toleration range. You can't operate America from a polar front. You cannot solely implement all liberal, or conservative policies and expect to be successful. America is a melting pot. You must have a good mix of liberal and conservative policies to get our country back to where it used to be. All things in MODERATION.
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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