Wednesday, July 28, 2010

St. Louis Tea Party Misleads in Attempt to Protect Blunt

As I mentioned in my last post, Twenty-eight Missouri Tea Party groups signed on to a letter refuting the notion that Roy Blunt is a "tea party candidate," but the astroturf St. Louis Tea Party was not among them. Tony Messenger at the Post-Dispatch got a quote from self-appointed St. Louis Tea Party leader Bill Hennessy about this issue:
We decided a long time ago not to endorse candidates in the primary. That means we don't un-endorse, either. The Tea Party, being totally decentralized, represents a lot of ideas and opinions. We love that. We love that so many passionate conservatives have gotten involved in the process.
This quote is nothing more than a flowery and misleading attempt to change the subject away from the St. Louis Tea Party's pandering to Roy Blunt. Hennessy claims that they don't "un-endorse." But that has nothing to do with the letter. The original letter doesn't say "We un-endorse Roy Blunt." It says:
The following list of Tea Party organizations, from across the state of Missouri, have NOT endorsed Roy Blunt in his campaign for the U.S. Senate seat.
Since the St. Louis tea party did not formally endorse Roy Blunt, they obviously could have signed the letter, but they didn't because they didn't want to give the impression that they were criticizing Blunt.

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