Apr 292014
 

… I start with a disclaimer. I am personally to the right of many tea partiers and I agree in principle with their mission. What I have seen in practice has been an unmitigated disaster.

Yesterday I wrote about the naivete and gullibility of many tea parties and their succeptibility to believing lies spread by bad operators. I am still hearing some lies that are now over 5 years old.

I hear new lies all the time about myself, the CRA, other CRA officers and the like.

There is a group that calls itself the SPAN Political Action Network. They fancied themselves as a political consulting firm that lists Dave Miller and Tim Core as the two primary officers of the group. They were prime movers behind the failed campaigns of many Tea Party California Caucus members for California Republican Party office.

Tim Core was an also-ran in the 2012 CA03 Congressional Primary. The only thing I know about Core is that he was an assistant manager at a Domino’s Pizza in Yuba City at the time he ran.

During the CA-03 campaign, I wrote in a blog about Rick Tubbs (another failed CA-03 candidate) that his wife Kristy was fodder for the Jerry Springer Show. I admitted that I lost my cool and apologized directly to Rick Tubbs for the quip. (And pulled it from the post)

In the mind of Tim Core – it turned in to the following: (From a comment left on Facebook that was sent to me)

Tim Core Park’s modus operandi is to attack the spouses and children of people he disagrees with. In 2012 he attacked my wife and children as well as the wife and children of another candidate (one of my opponents) in the CD3 race. His comments in support of a different candidate -while at the same time admitting he worked for that other candidate- caused the race to become a farce covered in mud thrown by his own hand… (SNIP)

Tim Core is lying. However, his friends in the Tea Party accept what he says at face value without challenge and repeat the lie.

Here are a few things to consider – I don’t know Tim Core’s Wife’s name, I don’t know how many kids Tim has, I don’t know how many Kids Rick and Kristy Tubbs have, it was publicly disclosed and common knowledge I was on the payroll of another candidate in CA-03.

How in God’s green Earth could I “attack” someone’s wife and kids when I neither know their names or how many kids there are to attack!? I’m sorry – the facts don’t matter here to Mr. Core or those that listen to him.

It appears Mr. Core is bitter because Kim Vann became the GOP Nominee and outperformed many other GOP candidates coming within 7 of Garamendi despite a 10% differential and the Obama wave.

I have discovered that Tim Core has repeated this lie about me attacking his wife and kids (or versions of it) many times.

This is similar to a lie people in the Placer Tea Party accusing me of recruiting Art Moore to run against Tom McClintock. It traveled all over the state, I am sure some still believe it as well…

The double-standard of conduct by Tim Core is underlined in its’ absurdity over the way the SPAN Network fired Rodney Stanhope over his conduct while helping destroy the Congressional Campaign of a Matt Jenkins in Alabama.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Strategic Political Action Network (SPAN) has officially terminated our relationship with Rodney Stanhope. Mr. Stanhope had been working as the Senior Campaigns Coordinator until yesterday. Mr. Stanhope’s actions and statements, made while working with the Matt Jenkins For Congress campaign, were extremely unprofessional and uncalled for. It is unconscionable that Mr. Stanhope took to Social Media and attacked the voters of Alabama’s 7th Congressional District. Though we had no control over Mr. Stanhope’s actions SPAN feels the need to offer our sincerest apologies to all of those that were offended as well as Matt Jenkins, his family, and the rest of his Campaign Staff. Mr. Stanhope’s actions in no way reflect the high level of professionalism that SPAN strives to achieve in all of our dealings. Due to Mr. Stanhope’s actions SPAN has instituted new policies to insure that an instance such as this will never happen again with one of our contracted Campaign Managers.

Dave Miller President

Timothy Core Vice President of Operations

In a perfect world – so-called Tea Party groups would hold themsevles to the same standards of conduct they demand out of candidates. The public reason they used to fire Stanhope was that he posted a video clip on facebook tearing in to “Christian Conservatives” for taking issue with Jenkins’ soft-liberal social stances.

Tim Core I thought people had learned to ignore the man. He is a despicable human being which is why he earned the title : His Royal Douche-Nozzliness, the Crown Prince of Dumbfuckistan, Aaron “I really really want to be Magnum PI” Park.

Then, I got the above comment forwarded to me and realized I may well have wasted my time writing this post. I am sure I will go to my grave with people I have never met or talked to believing stories they either make up or got from third parties.

… but then, it hit me. Someone attacked my wife anonymously in a very long and vicious blog post directed at her and not me. The nature of it suggested someone with a personal vendetta. Even at that an attack like that requires you to have some sort of justification in your own mind. Seeing Tim Core’s comment and fully understanding the lie for the first time – It connected for me.

… and now I realize what electeds go through every day of their life, and I understand a lot better the psychology of some of them.

It is sad, the Tea Party could have been a great thing for America. What I have seen is a movement that appears to crave anarchy and un-vetted candidates that cost the GOP winnable elections time and again.

Yes, I have met many good people in the Tea Party, but they are outnumbered.

The term Tea Party is a big negative in polls, and the Tea Party members (most, anyway, not all) are about the only ones that don’t realize it.

  One Response to “Nothing Sums Up My Experience With The Tea Party Better Than This…”

  1. Although the Tea Party may not be successful in this upcoming election at electing its endorsed candidates, they certainly have had an impact on “the conversation.” We now commonly use terms like “limited government,” “fiscal responsibility,” and “constitutional authority” that we rarely if ever heard in general political conversations before.

    We now, more than ever, hold candidates’ rhetoric and their actions to those standards. And, they opened our eyes to the runaway nature of government growth and overreaching authority. For that, I applaud them.

    If they often fail, it is more due to the grassroots nature of this highly diverse and somewhat disorganized coalition than it is to their intent.

    My sincere hope is that we can take the best of what they have shown us in terms of a grassroots effort and use that strength to take back the GOP and rid it of its own out-of-control leadership, lousy candidate vetting, and refusal to stand up for their own principles.

    I have never heard a Tea Party supporter discuss “electability” as a criterion for supporting a candidate; it seems that’s pretty much all I hear from the GOP. Forget principle, as long as the candidate has an “R” by their name on the ballot. That has to end. That alone would be worth the effort.

    Blogger’s Note: We can only hope that they figure out who the real enemy is…

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