NoCo Tea Party Groups Lash Out at McInnis, Plan Anti-McInnis Rally

(Apparently they didn’t get the message that the GOP/McInnis platform is meant for them. – promoted by Colorado Pols)

POLS UPDATE #3: Be there or be square–Tea Party, uh, party against McInnis coming soon. Details after the jump.

POLS UPDATE #2: Michelle Malkin is most displeased.

POLS UPDATE: Here’s the clip, forwarded to us–chutzpah like only Fox News can deliver.

Original post follows.

Northern Colorado’s two largest Tea Party groups have laid into presumptive Republican gubernatorial nominee Scott McInnis over what they see as his false claims of Tea Party support.

What really got the Tea Party folks riled up was McInnis appearance on Neil Cavuto’s show on Fox News Wednesday. As McInnis was introduced, an on-screen graphic read, “”Tea Party Backed Candidate Leading in CO Governor’s Race.”

As anyone who’s spent more than a couple of minutes watching Colorado politics knows, the idea that McInnis has the backing of Tea Party activists is ludicrous. Cavuto comes across as pretty ignorant about Colorado politics, I thought.

Representatives of the Tea Party of Northern Colorado and the Loveland 9-12 Project were incensed at the suggestion that their movement was backing McInnis. Leaders of both groups blasted out e-mails to their membership following the Cavuto appearance.

“We are being played like pawns. And we can’t put up with it,” said Lesley Hollywood of the Tea Party of Northern Colorado.

Nancy Rumfelt of the Loveland 9-12 Project said, “We must demand that we want PRINCIPLE over PARTY (P.O.P.)!!!”

I’m only tied in to the Northern Colorado Tea Party groups, but I suspect this reaction is being replicated across the state today.

You can read more on this issue at my Coloradoan.com blog, including how Hollywood and other Tea Party activists feel about the “Platform for Prosperity.” Click here: http://bit.ly/5phj0O

(NOTE: In an earlier version of this diary I attributed the Tea Party of Northern Colorado quote to Ray Harvey, one of the organizers for the group. The e-mail was sent by Lesley Hollywood, another organizer. My apologies to both Lesley and Ray for the confusion.)

73 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. BlueCat says:

    to run for them as the Tea Party candidate.

  2.  Tea Partiers would be wise to steer clear of the Republican establishment. Make them come to you, groveling.

  3. Middle of the Road says:

    Good to see you back.

  4. JeffcoBlueJeffcoBlue says:

    But I actually feel bad, really genuinely bad, for the Tea Partiers. They just got used and abused on national TV. McInnis laughs at them and uses them at the same time. That video clip is preposterous!

    • RedGreenRedGreen says:

      Preposterous is right.

    • Duke Coxdukeco1 says:

      to really feel bad for the Tea Party, but I certainly agree with you, they have a legitimate beef and a real reason to be angry. It isn’t terribly surprising, given the history of success the Repubs have had in convincing many “have-nots” into voting against their own best interests. The Republicans have been suckering the conservative working class for decades. Their arrogance seems to have peaked with this move.

      The poor, working poor, the lower and middle class workers struggling to get by have a lot more in common with each other than they have with the very well off and the stinking rich. But the GOP (and some Dem interests, I might add) has always been able to keep them from collusion by exploiting social issues…abortion, immigration, sexual orientation, etc.

      That misdirection has kept the proletariat, if you will, from becoming a cohesive force. Perhaps that game is falling apart and the have-nots, both on the left and on the right, can understand they have the numbers to change the dynamic, if they would just set aside their differences over who sleeps where and the age of the planet…and stuff like that.  

  5. OneEyedOwl says:

    for candidates to support? Does McInnis even know what he’s talking about?

    • MADCO says:

      No litmus test on eliminating taxes.

      No litmus test on TABOR

      No litmus test on no government interference in reproductive health.

      No litmus test on personal property rights in PiГ±on Canyon.

      No litmus test at all for his supporters.

  6. Early WormEarly Worm says:

    Who thought it would be a good idea to label McInnis as the Tea Party candidate?  Was it his idea, Fox’s idea, state or national party?  His primary path is cleared.  He doesn’t need to run to the right.  Besides the obvious bone headed more of claiming the mantle of a group that has not endorsed you (and inviting their wrath), why would you so conspicuously (on national tv) identify yourself with hard core political movement.  Has anyone, republican or democrat, ever been elected to governor in Colorado who didn’t self identify as a moderate?  

  7. Ellie says:

    Goodness you all were busy parsing Obama’s speech yesterday now it’s McInnis’ interview.

    Scott McInnis does have a lot of broad appeal because he’s inclusive not exclusive.  That’s one of the reasons voters like me support him.

  8. One Queer Dude says:

       I thought they would have been happy with Josh’s endorsement of Scooter plus the Platform with Prosperity.  

      What went wrong?

  9. One Queer Dude says:

       I think it’s interesting that this GOP insurrection is starting in Bob Schaffer’s former C.D.

      Why would Bob (or his minions) want to derail the candidacy of the man who announced the week before the ’08 Senate election that he could have held the Allard seat for the GOP?

  10. DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

    I know your team keeps saying “not now” but this would be a great way for you to clear this all up for everyone.

    thanks – dave

    david@thielen.com

    (Hey, this approach got me an interview with Romanoff)

  11. dmindgo says:

    Principle over only Politics, or

    Principle our only Politics, or

    Patriotism over only Party.

    Take your pick.

  12. Ellie says:

    Unions have a problem with some of Ritter’s actions but it’s okay for Ritter to court unions to gain their broad support in his bid for reelection.

    But

    Some Tea Party purest have a problem with McInnis but if McInnis reaches out to them for their support in his bid for governor it’s not okay with most of you?

    Isn’t that hypocritical?  

  13. techychic says:

    Was that a way of freedom of expression?..Maybe a little cause people under law are sometimes hard to please.

  14. redstateblues says:

    Just kidding, but I bet Josh is wishing he would have waited a few more weeks. This, plus a Plain endorsement, probably could have put him over the top.

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