Darke County Pretend TEA Party Organization?
From the Darke County Journal:
The Darke County T.E.A. Patriots met Tuesday night at the Lighthouse Christian Center for the purpose of endorsing candidates. This group was formed recently - and as many as 100 people were at the meeting. A number of people attended the meeting with the expectation of voting, but at some point it was announced that only those people who had attended a prior Tea Party meeting would be eligible to vote. As a result, only 43 ballots were cast. Many people were disappointed at not being able to vote.
Al Bliss is the leader of the group and apparently conducted the meeting. Various candidates gave presentations, either in person or through a representative.
Each candidate for county commissioner was present and spoke on his own behalf. In the race for State Auditor, candidate Dave Yost was represented by Lyn Bliss, who gave a speech which was critical of the opponent Seth Morgan. Morgan, who attended the meeting with his family, spoke on his own behalf.
Numerous other candidates (or their representatives) also spoke.
When it came time for the vote, it was announced at some point (or it became apparent) that Dori Howdieshell would tally the ballots – see press release below. Seth Morgan’s local representative objected on the basis that Ms. Howdieshell was affiliated with the Yost campaign. This caused a verbal argument between the Morgan’s representative and Mr. Bliss in which Mr. Bliss yelled out the f-word in the presence of Seth Morgan’s young children. Although nobody could provide a direct quote, the context consistently referenced was that Mr. Bliss didn’t “f****** care” what Morgan’s representative thought.
Ms. Howdieshell proceeded with the tally of the votes in private, and unlike the press release below, several attendees commented on the vote taking “a long time,” or as much as a half hour.
And From the Rust Belt blog has more commentary on the subject here.
What I think is strikingly odd about the endorsement was that not only did this TEA Party organization endorse Yost, and endorse squishy Republicans like Husted and Mike DeWine, but they also endorsed the entire Ohio GOP ticket… including Ohio Supreme Court Justices! Is there an example of any TEA Party organization in Ohio doing the same thing?
TEA Party groups are quite organic and no one has a license on what constitutes an official TEA Party organization. But this really looks like it was a Yost campaign chair trying to help out the Ohio GOP slate. And that’s fine, but this information is getting out to TEA party activists as another reason why to be annoyed with the party’s endorsed candidates.