Michael Caputo suggests that the Tea Party is cracked in NYS. Well clearly Caputo is cracked, because the Tea Party is alive and well and getting stronger. When people who call themselves Tea Party pit a pro-partial birth, pro-union deep pocket who supports collective bargaining against a good conservative candidate like Jane Corwin, naturally there’s gonna be some contention. But we have a very solid network of Tea Party, Patriot, 912 and other reform groups working together across the state with virtually NO contention. We’ve made strides, but we’d be a whole lot further if this rogue group wasn’t working overtime to discredit us with non-stop attacks and bogus accusations. Their main antagonist wildly contends that Rus Thompson endorsed Jim Domagalski for the 59th Senate race, which goes much to the source of the conflict. Yet neither Rus Thompson nor TEANewYork endorsed Jim Domagalski for that seat, and didn’t even express a tiny measure of support for him, though Carl Paladino did against our very strong advice. Coniglio knows all this, but for whatever reason, he continues to perpetuate the lie.
Any of TEANewYorks attempts to resolve the conflict have been met with attacks, demonstrating that this “coalition” is a completely counter-productive entity. They do not represent many of the shared Tea Party values, and putting up candidates with some very strong liberal positions is not helping their cause.