One of the truly beautiful things about the Tea Party Movement is that it is comprised of so many thoughtful, intelligent people, many of whom were previously unacquainted with politics. They saw a need, and they stepped up to the plate, and went where few men and women were willing to go. Like a revival, the Spirit no doubt filled their hearts, and as good stewards and servants of their King, they didn’t question the risk, and simply obeyed. They quickly gave themselves an education, and we have been literally stunned with the vast and in depth knowledge on a variety of critical subjects, of people like Christine H, Debbie K, Joanne Z, Mike, John, Sandy, Karen B, Sheryl T, Amy D, Laura Y, Laurie K, Al B, Tomm, Ellie and so many others. But nothing really prepared us for the unrelenting assaults, ugly attacks, lies and baseless accusations that are leveled against us from people who are supposed to be our friends and natural allies. Except the Truth, which is a very liberating thing.
And nothing really properly prepares us to explain the behavior and political manipulations of people who are motivated primarily by power, money, vengeance and retribution. That’s just not a language we speak.
Take for example the following letter from David Bellavia, former candidate for the 26th Congressional District. David was so damaged by the false allegations waged against him by Erie County GOP Chair Nick Langworthy, that he chose to endorse 3rd party spoiler Jack Davis instead of authentically conservative and GOP endorsed candidate Jane Corwin, simply for spite. Nothing in the letter can be disputed. It is all fact. Even the part at the end where he says some of the people helping Jane’s campaign will do anything to kill the Tea Party Movement, though probably unbeknownst to Jane. What the letter doesn’t say is that they, many of those who support Jack Davis, are also doing everything they can to kill the Tea Party Movement, at least in this area. It doesn’t embrace their progressive libertarian anarchist ideology. And it doesn’t vilify anyone and everyone associated with existing parties as part of the “Machine.”
This letter was in actuality, probably written by former ineffective Paladino Campaign Manager Michael Caputo on behalf of David Bellavia, who knows full well that a Jack Davis split may spell a liberal Democrat Kathy Hochul win. But that is a risk they are only too willing to take, if it means the demise of people like Nick Langworthy, however unlikely. As a shill for Cuomo’s superficial reforms, Caputo has met his fiercest opposition in the Tea Party. Many of us refuse to back down, because we realize unnecessary compromise is what has gotten us into this disastrous economy in the first place. Just like his cohorts in the 5-man band that call themselves a tea party coalition, he works with those who agree with him and tries to destroy those who don’t, even it means fabricating distortions to confuse people and further his own personal agenda. It’s not personal. It’s politics. And personally? It hurts my heart.
I for one, would love to see dishonest and painfully moderate slowpokes like Nick Langworthy step down. But this is NOT the race to wage that war. This race has much greater implications than some people realize. This goes far beyond a local pissing contest. If Democrat Kathy Hochul wins this race, this will be seen on the national level as a major defeat for the Tea Party, and it will only energize the National Democrats for the 2012 Elections.
Dear Tea Party Colleague:
Before you get involved in the special election in NY-26, there’s something you need to know.
Jane Corwin’s two top advisers defrauded Carl Paladino to shove combat veteran Gary Berntsen out of the 2010 US Senate race.
In fact, when they were caught, Erie County GOP chairman Nick Langworthy and Corwin’s campaign manager Chris Grant lied to me about it.
Why would you help Langworthy and Grant, when they hate the Tea Party so much that they would do this – potentially a criminal felony fraud – to push their establishment candidate for US Senate over Carl’s choice: my friend Gary Berntsen.
As Rus Thompson of TEA New York wrote: “[They] fancied themselves independent political operatives and clandestine master manipulators, and spent a small fortune of Carl’s money WITHOUT HIS KNOWLEDGE OR APPROVAL, for a large lit drop naming Jay Townsend as the Paladino endorsed candidate. We caught wind and squelched the effort as best we could, and Carl issued an urgent press release confirming Berntsen as the Paladino endorsed candidate…[but Gary] Bernsten got screwed.”
Before you lift a finger to help these two anti-veteran Corwin advisers manipulate this election, too, be sure to read the whole story here:
I urge you: don’t help the people that will do anything – anything – to kill the Tea Party movement.
Staff Sergeant David Bellavia
US Army, Ret.