Tea Party leader responds to critic

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I am writing in response to Kevin Cooper's Nov. 29 letter falsely claiming that the TEA Party has somehow disappeared in Portage County and that the majority or our endorsements "shockingly" lost. Mr. Cooper can always be counted on to prove that he is a hateful and ignorant man who ignores the facts in an futile effort to tear down people who believe differently than he does.

So, let me remind Mr. Cooper that this newspaper has a policy that says that under most circumstances I can only write one letter per month. Plus, there have been several letters published by our members as well recently. With the election over, what exactly would you expect to be hearing from us, Mr. Cooper?

What Mr. Cooper does not want to hear from us is that our membership actually grew from 2,200 in September to 2,384 members today. That is about one out of every 55 adults in the county.

We are stronger than ever and far from hiding. In the three meetings we have had since the election, the room was over flowing with citizens who want to do more to help our townships, our county, our state and our nation.

Mr. Cooper uses the left's lame TEA Party attack lines to falsely claim that the majority of our members are Republican (most are Independents), males (the majority are female), non-ethnic (we have nearly every ethnicity you can name represented in our group) and a turn-off to minorities and young people. We have a few black members in our group, and everyone is welcome, but only 4 percent of the county population is black and only 1.2 percent is Latino, so is it really surprising that our membership is mostly white in a county that is 94 percent white? He also was not there to see the growing number of 18- to 30-year-olds at our last meeting who are finally coming to understand that they will be the victims of our nation's out of control spending and borrowing.

As far as the election results, the facts are, Mr. Cooper, that when all or our endorsements are counted our record was 19-19 this election. Who besides Mr. Cooper ever thought that our local candidates were anything but longshots and that the results were "shocking"? From Mitt Romney to Daniel Cartwright, who projected that any of our candidates were ever favored to win? But Jim Renacci did win, thanks to our help, as did Dave Joyce and Matt Lynch and Colleen O'Toole.

Are we happy with the results? Obviously not. What we did learn in this presidential election year was that it is almost impossible for groups like ours to even be heard let alone be effective with all the other media "noise," and we need to find a way to address that.

However, since our nation is a representative republic and not a dictatorship, Mr. Cooper, the president's chair is not the only one that counts, and what you can count on going forward is that our movement and our influence will continue to grow as more citizens continue to become Totally Engaged Americans!

Tom Zawistowski, Executive Director

Portage County TEA Party

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  • No Mr. Zawistowski. We heard the TeaBaggers over the din of the TeaBagger and the TeaBaggers were pretty much rejected. Also it isn't only the Portage County sect of the Bagger Party that lacks diversity, there is a lack of diversity Nationally. This lack of diversity isn't because we don't know what the T-Bags stand for, it's because we find the T-Bagging party repugnant and dysfunctional. Look at the TeaBagger behavior at the primary debates, The Bagger is why the Republican had Romney as a candidate. So Tom, you need to face the truth, you didn't fail because your message wasn't heard or because you didn't market yourself properly, it's because the Tea Party is poison and its product defective.

  • How about that, DeMint is fleeing the sinking TeaBagger ship too, First Armey cuts and runs taking million$, and now DeMint flees. I can't express the joy I have in watching the Anti-American Anarchist Conservative Tea Party self destruct and eat each other on their way out.

  • poor trawl. BTW...Lincoln was willing to allow slavery to continue. What he didn't want was to allow states to leave the Union. And...the 10th amendment was never ratified.

  • No, Billy, The parties switching positions on race didn't happen overnight, but it did happen and today the Republican Party is no longer the Party of Lincoln. Today Lincoln is RINO. Biut thats OK Bill, just keep listening and following Tom, **** keep feeding whatever BS he needs to feed you and keep you and others the Sheeple in his flock.

  • It will all become perfectly clear at the bottom of the Fiscal Cliff. Run, one and all, to the cliff!

  • Big government is the problem. democrats are all in for big government. The parties didn't switch in the 60's. The democrats continued to fight the Equal Rights legislation under Johnson. and BTW...JFK was for tax reduction, not tax increases.

  • How about that Dick Armey taking $8 million and demanding everything connecting him with the Baggers be erased ... Yep, Tom, seems every day more and more people understands the Tea Party.

  • Tom: They just don't get it do they? We have only just begun to change the County/State/Nation! Every day that passes someone else finally gets it! Big government is a bad thing.....Higher tax is a bad thing.....(by the way everyone will pay the taxes pressed on the wealthy in the form of HIGHER PRICES!)...... SEE LIGHTBULBS GOING OFF ABOVE PEOPLE'S HEADS WHEN THEY ARE STARING INTO AN EMPTY WALLET!....Keep up the good work Tom /God Bless You........ Fellow American

  • Mr. Zawistowski, if your constituents are of the ilk of whats been demonstrated int he RC's Comments Section(s) you have real problems. OTOH I heard Palin speak today so I would have to say the Tea Party being Bat Crap Crazy is institutional, Starts at the top with a trickle down effect. Apparently being Nuts isn't limited to the Portage County Sect. >>> Also Dick Armey, loathsome as he is, isn't near as nuts, I see he's bailing out of the Tea Party organization and taking $8,000,000 with him. I guess there will be some way to blame a Democrat for that.

  • Geez Bill, what you posted about the Democrat was true in "Traditional America". I guess you missed the whole JFK administration and the Rep and Dem parties swapping positions in the 60's. Knowing these things would require a minimal tutoring in American History and at least a passing acquaintance with reality. I wouldn't count on a TeaPug Republican having either. It's only inside the Republican imagination that they are still the party of Lincoln. And a fine imagination would be needed to see any kind of racism in my previouly posted comment.

  • Traw, do you know how to express your opinion without the racial slurs? The democrat party has been the racist party for years. The democrats fought segregration, fought civil rights, had a KKK leader as chief spokesman and continue to this day to keep minorities on the "plantation". And you sir, are a prime example of what is wrong with the democrats.

  • No Mr. Zawistowski. We heard the TeaBaggers over the din of the TeaBagger and the TeaBaggers were pretty much rejected. Also it isn't only the Portage County sect of the Bagger Party that lacks diversity, there is a lack of diversity Nationally. This lack of diversity isn't because we don't know what the T-Bags stand for, it's because we find the T-Bagging party repugnant and dysfunctional. Look at the TeaBagger behavior at the primary debates, The Bagger is why the Republican had Romney as a candidate. So Tom, you need to face the truth, you didn't fail because your message wasn't heard or because you didn't market yourself properly, it's because the Tea Party is poison and its product defective.