Is the tea party a GOP event?
Based on the comments we've gotten on posts related to tomorrow's Tea Parties in Maryland and across the nation, I'd have to conclude that participants aren't coming at this from a particular partisan bent but out of general frustration and outrage at the leaders of the state and the country. It strikes me then as odd, and maybe a little ill advised, that at least here in Maryland, the GOP seems to be trying to lay some claim to the events. As we noted a few days ago, Michael Steele, our former Lt. Gov. turned RNC chairman, tried to get a speaking role at a Chicago tea party but was denied. And check out this e-mail from Maryland GOP Chairman Jim Pelura. Not only is he saying the state Republican Party is sponsoring the events here but he's also using the occasion for a fund-raising pitch:
Dear MDGOP Supporter,
Are you tired of higher taxes? Will you help us make a stand on Tax Day?
The Maryland Republican Party has set a goal of raising $2009 by midnight Wednesday, April 15th. Please click here to help us reach this goal. What is this money going to be used for?
At MDGOP, we are not just marking time or whining about the state of our nation. We are exposing the Democrats' wasteful spending and tax-happy practices but also promoting positive, common sense Republican solutions. We're recruiting candidates for races all over Maryland and funding training for these candidates and grassroots activists. But...we must have the financial resources to make the difference in the 2010 elections. Would you click here to contribute $29, $58, $129, $258, or even $10 or $20 to help us reach our goal?
April 15th Tax Day Tea Parties:
In addition to our messaging and candidate recruitment efforts, MDGOP is sponsoring and promoting April 15th Tax Day Tea Parties all over Maryland including Annapolis, Baltimore, Bel Air, Cecil County, Chestertown, Cumberland, Frederick, Hagerstown, Havre de Grace, Salisbury, and Westminster.
To reach our goal of $2009 we need just 70 people to give $29 in the next 2 and a half days…will you be one of them? Click here to give your best gift no matter how large or small…whether you can give $29 or $58 or $258 or even a gift of $20, $10, or $5. You'll be taking a stand against higher taxes and helping MDGOP elect strong, fiscally conservative candidates to the Maryland General Assembly and U.S. Congress!
Please click here to make a special donation of $29, $58, $129 or even $258...whatever you can spare in the next 58 hours!
Also…if you'd like to commit to a monthly sustaining contribution of as little as $5, $10, $25, or $50, you can sign up to do that here as well.
MDGOP is committed to fighting for working families and small businesses as well as giving grassroots activists like you a stronger voice in Maryland. While money is not everything, the 2008 elections showed us that it is difficult to win elections when being outspent 4-1.
Your contribution of $29, $58 or whatever you can spare in the next 58 hours will help us be in a position to compete and win in 2010. As always, feel free to contact us by responding to this email and please visit us at mdgop.org or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.
Thank you so much for your support!
Dr. Jim Pelura
Maryland Republican Party