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Tea Party Leader Announces Candidacy For Virginia Senate Seat

January 4, 2011 by  

Tea Party leader announces candidacy for Virginia Senate seatThe new congressional session has not started yet, but the Tea Party has already set its sights on the 2012 elections.

According to FOX News, Jamie Radtke, who is the chairwoman of the Virginia Tea Party Patriots, has filed to run for the Virginia Republican Senate nomination. She is vying for the seat currently held by Senator Jim Webb (D-Va.), who surprised many pundits by ousting incumbent George Allen, a Republican, in the 2006 midterm elections.

Radtke said she aims to curb uncontrolled Federal spending and reduce the swelling national deficit. Allen, who served as Virginia's governor in the 1990's, has expressed interest in running for the seat he held from 2001 to 2007. Radtke is already throwing jabs at Allen's spending history while in Congress.

"In the Senate George Allen voted for over 40,000 earmarks costing over $90 billion," Radtke said, quoted by the news provider. "But those are issues that need to be debated. And I don't think that is harmful. Debates over issues are a sign of strength — not weakness — in our party."

Moreover, some Republicans are not happy about the prospect of Allen running for the Senate again. Corey Stewart, the GOP chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors and possible Senate candidate himself, told The Washington Times that Allen is the "Brett Favre of politics." He was making reference to the 41-year-old NFL quarterback who has retired on several occasions, only to later change his mind and return despite his fading skills. 

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  • L. Banks

    As a citizen in the Jim Webb Senatorial District, all I want is someone who can defeat the arrogant Senator who has ignored the people of his district to follow the Big O’s desires. Webb not only drinks the kool-aid he manufactures it. People in his district are boiling mad over his voting record and are ready for him to leave office. Virginia ousted the demo governor and has balanced its budget and has a surplus thanks to the republican governor, lieutenant governor and let’s not forget the republican attorney general from Virginia who fought Obamacare and got the ruling against it! Webb is in trouble just like his idol.

  • Pathfinder

    Hooray !! Thank you tea party ! Maybe we can finally get a majority of constitutionalists into both branches of congress. Ron Paul in the house and Rand Paul in the senate are a good start; but we need more like them in both chambers of congress. Again, THANK YOU TEA PARTY !!!

  • barbm

    if you check his record, you’ll find that ron paul takes earmarks too. i was very disappointed to discover that info. here are his 2009 requests.
    Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science:
    • $250,000 for Galveston Economic Development Partnership, for Galveston Center for Business and Technology Development to help spin off private investment at National Lab of the University of Texas Medical Branch
    • $500,000 for City of Bay City for NuBlac Rehab Center (youth rehabilitation)

    Subcommittee on Defense:
    • $3.5 million for study of health risks of exposure to vanadium

    Subcommittee on Military Construction:
    • $2 million for City of Bay City for NuBlac Rehab Center (serving minority veterans)

    Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development:
    • $41.073 million for Army Corps of Engineers to deepen and widen Texas City Channel
    • $21.6 million for Army Corps of Engineers to dredge and reconfigure jetties at mouth of Colorado River
    • $7.02 million for Army Corps of Engineers to dredge Freeport Harbor
    • $16.021 million for Army Corps of Engineers to maintain Galveston Harbor
    • $1 million for Army Corps of Engineers for construction at Cedar Bayou
    • $3.297 million for Army Corps of Engineers to maintain Texas City Channel
    • $200,000 for Army Corps of Engineers to maintain Cedar Bayou
    • $13.038 million for Army Corps of Engineers to maintain Matagorda Ship Channel
    • $42.018 million for Army Corps of Engineers to maintain Gulf Intercoastal Waterway
    • $3.026 million for Army Corps of Engineers to maintain channel to Victoria
    • $600,000 for Army Corps of Engineers for feasibility study for Sabine Pass to Galveston Bay
    • $400,000 for Army Corps of Engineers for feasibility study for Feeport Harbor
    • $100,000 for Army Corps of Engineers for feasibility study for Lower Guadalupe River Basin
    • $400,000 for Army Corps of Engineers for preliminary engineering and design study at Freeport Harbor.
    • $21.7 million for Army Corps of Engineers for construction at Houston Galveston Navigation Channel
    • $2.165 million for Army Corps of Engineers to maintain Trinity River
    • $6.979 million for Army Corps of Engineers to maintain Wallisville Lake
    • $1.3 million for Army Corps of Engineers to study flooding around Colorado River
    • $11 million for Army Corps of Engineers for construction at Wharton and Onion Creek
    • $3.026 million for Army Corps of Engineers for Chocolate Bayou
    • $533,000 for Army Corps of Engineers to maintain channel to Port Bolivar
    • $41.623 million for Army Corps of Engineers to maintain Houston Ship Channel
    • $1.01 million for Army Corps of Engineers to maintain Double Bayou
    • $3 million for Army Corps of Engineers for construction at Clear Creek
    • $500,000 for Army Corps of Engineers to maintain Port Palacios
    • $100,000 for Army Corps of Engineers to study sand placement near Brazoria County shoreline

    Subcommittee on Interior and the Environment:
    • $5 million for Fort Bend County for City of Kendleton water and sewer improvements

    Subcommittee on Homeland Security:
    • $10 million for Coast Guard to improve Galveston Rail Causeway
    • $8.8 million for FEMA for drainage at Cove Harbor in Aransas County
    • $2.2 million for FEMA to reconfigure and stabilize Capano Causeway Pier
    • $500,000 for FEMA for Aransas County drainage master plan
    • $35 million for FEMA for drainage in Friendswood
    • $10 million for FEMA for drainage project for Friendswood/Clear Creek
    • $10 million for FEMA for drainage project for Friendswood/Clear Creek
    • $5 million for FEMA to recycle household hazardous waste in Friendswood

    Subcommittee on Transportation:
    • $1.96 million to replace buses in and around Victoria
    • $2 million to renovate transit maintenance facility in Galveston
    • $5 million to reconfigure Texas Clipper training ship
    • $25,000 to install security cameras at Fox Run Apartments in Victoria
    • $2 million to beautify Galveston Seawall and support Transit Access Program in Galveston
    • $3.6 million to construct inter-modal transit facility in Victoria
    • $3.5 million for analysis of commuter rail alternatives in Galveston
    • $10.3 million for City of Bay City for NuBlac Youth/Community Center
    • $2.2 million for City of Bay City for improvements to electrical wiring in low and moderate income housing

    Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, Education:
    • $90,000 for Victoria Chamber of Commerce for business/career-related education for youth
    • $248,942 for UTMB for employee wellness program for small businesses
    • $1.748 million for University of Houston-Victoria for DNA testing and genetic diagnostic lab
    • $300,000 for Bay City MEHOP for fund reinstatement of mobile unit
    • $200,000 for Bay City MEHOP to recruit nurse practitioner
    • $1.92 million for UTMB to study muscle mass loss in aging vs. microgravity (NASA related) at International Space Station National Lab
    • $750,000 for Houston Memorial Hermann HealthCare system for Life Flight operations center
    • $26 million for Washington, D.C. “Reading is Fundamental” program
    • $10 million for Boston, Mass., “Reach Out and Read” national center

    • eddie47d

      I like Ron Paul and am not against earmarks but they should be vetted more closely. Some say earmarks are pork and a waste of taxpayers money> I disagree and the majority serve a positive purpose for those communities. Right now most new earmark should be shot down unless they are cost effective (create something equal in return). The bridge to nowhere was a prime example of waste and an arrogant request. Several Texans on this sight have stated that they don’t want Federal dollars and can stand on their own two feet. Ron Paul just proved them wrong.

      • barbm

        he did not prove us wrong. yep, texan here. just because he wanted money doesn’t mean we needed it. texas is strong as are her citizens. you heard about that texas toilet paper they had to take off the market because it woudn’t take crap off anybody didn’t you? the federal govt was set up to levy enough taxes to raise an army and keep us safe. anything else should be left up to the individual states. why should some poor farmer in iowa have to help san antonio extend our river walk when he’ll never get to see or use it? texas could survive without the federal govt. we have oil, gas, sea ports, an army, beef, chicken, veggies, fruit, wind and other alternative energy sources, everybody owns at least one hand gun and one rifle,and on and on. As noted in Wikipedia, the Texas economy is the largest one that’s still growing in the U.S., and in 2006 the state was home of six of the top 50 companies on the Fortune 500 list and 58 of the top 500 — the most of any state. In 2008, the state had a Gross Domestic Product of $1.245 trillion, second-largest in the U.S. and 15th-largest in the world. Texas currently conducts more than $150 billion a year in trade with other nations; it leads all other states in exports, and has for five consecutive years. In 2005, per-capita domestic production in Texas was $42,975 per person. Texas also has a thriving lumber industry based in the eastern part of the state, while the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is a key center for the defense industry, a banking center and the information technology industry. Texas is the nation’s No.2 manufacturer of computers, components and electronmic equipment. The Houston/Beaumont area features the world’s largest concentration of petrochemical refining and production facilities, and Houston is a major center of medical and biomedical research, aerospace research and shipping. The Port of Houston is the largest port in the nation and sixth-largest in the world. Texas is also a leader in the production of cement, crushed stone, lime, salt and sand and gravel. The state is also among the world’s leaders in the production of rice and cotton, primarily along the Gulf Coast, and in the production of citrus products in the Rio Grande Valley. Texas features the most farms, both in terms of numbers and in acreage, in the nation. In addition to cattle, Texas also leads nationally in the production of sheep and goats. The Texas Panhandle and South Plains has also become a major producer of cereal crops. Texas agricuture is also a leader in the production of greenhouse and nursery products, corn, hay and wheat. The state ranks No.2 in the nation in the production of sorghum. Peanuts and sugar cane are other valuable crops, along with onions, potatoes, watermelons and grapefruit. Texas farmers lead the nation in the production of cabbage. Texas has another brand of farmer as well: Texas’ fishing industry thrives. The state is among the nation’s leaders in its annual shrimp catch, and both commercial and sport fishing are major industries. In addition, there is a growing commercial catfish-farming industry. by and large the state retains a solid reputation for its higher education system, from premier universities such as Rice, SMU, Baylor, Texas and Texas A&M to a broad array of junior colleges and trade schools. That has helped create a more adaptable work force which has in turn helped fuel the diversification of the state’s economy since the oil bust of the 1970s.

        on the other hand, can the u.s. survive without texas? yes, but it would be much poorer for it. texas without the dead weight of the u.s. would be much better off.and i bet we could keep those mexicans from invading our state.

      • lauren

        What happened to free market CAPITALISM? Earmarks are socialist ideas. I thought the GOP was against socialism. We need to cut spending for all corporate interests and tell them to earn their seed money the hard way – get out and work for it.

  • Earl, QUEENS, NY

    It’s never too early to talk about the 2012 election. This could very well be the most critical election in history. For one thing, BHO definitely MUST BE defeated in 2012. If BHO gets a second term, then Obummer-care is here to stay and will never be repealed. And he could also make more appointments to turn the SCOTUS in favor of the leftwing statist Democraps!! Thus we need to make 1/20/2013 the ‘end of an error’!! ….Likewise, it’s never too late to make New Year’s resolutions. E.g., the GOP’s resolution should be to rid itself of RINOs, wimps and Republi-crats who cross the aisle and side with the Democraps who are destroying America and its economy. And American voters should vow to NOT vote for Democraps in the future. Don’t believe the myth that there’s no difference between the 2 parties!! Despite our frustration with RINOs and Republi-crats, just remember that 99% of the time it’s better to vote GOP as I do. The only exceptions are a handful of RINOs who are no better than democraps, such as NYC Mayor Mike Bloomturd or Colon Powell (yes, I know I misspelled his first name. But since he endorsed BHO, I’ve been saying that Powell is full of ‘you know what’!!) ….Happy New Year!! Vote wisely in the future!!

  • GRUMPA // Ted M. Zuck

    Extremely interesting idea. Nonetheless I would think that any constituency is divided into FOUR; accordingly to the very simple schedule those who are supposed to pay taxes a.k.a. milking cows. Then come nasty dreamers – often called 5-ells (meaning leftist, liberals, liars, Leninists or trial=lawyers}. Now, comes a top-round composed of “negativists” who hate to vote or support whoever. For instance they are staunchly against a capital punishment AND pro-abortionists: the logic behind their way of lack-of-reasoning is that a murder can vote. Even for some L crooked activist.


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