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Tea Party Organizers Should Use Event to Pressure Politicians

Cross-Posted from The Minority Report

While I fully support the efforts of those planning and attending Tea Parties to voice their opposition to runaway spending, over regulation and an unbearable tax code, I hope Tea Party organizers use this opportunity and platform to bring pressure to bare on politicians in these cities and states who have abandoned all common sense and saddled the next two generations of Americans with unbelievable debt!

My advice for anyone planning a Tea Party event in your State or City comes in the form of three bullet points and could be the framework for fully utilizing your Tea Party event.

*Call attention to those who voted for the stimulus and have or will vote for the Omnibus Spending Bill

This is obviously what these tea parties are all about but highlighting the way the Representatives and Senators in your state voted or plan to vote will cast unwanted attention to the wayward ones specifically and spotlight the good ones!

*Apply pressure to those politicians who the White House needs to advance the Democrat majority’s progressive agenda i.e. health care, cap-and-trade, and budget

This is a great opportunity make sure Representatives and Senators in your state are made aware of the growing grassroots movement in their district who are fed up with the way this administration is moving the country and or feel they’ve been sold a bill of goods! Make sure you have your people talk to the media at your event about all three of these radical progressive policies.

*Start awareness campaign for any politician that’s up for reelection in 2010 who may be venerable and invite their challengers to speak

Starting an awareness campaign and inviting 2010 challengers to speak at these events is crucial, in my opinion, not only will it bring press it will give your event the recognition of highlighting, and in some cases, spring boarding candidates that truly believe in free market capitalism.

The merging of the Tea Parties and 2010 campaigns seems only natural not only is there potential for growing attendance by scores, but I believe it would be a wonderful opportunity for politicians running in 2010 to meet their constituents and join with them in a cause that’s as American as apple pie — The fight for Capitalism!

Right now I believe that, for the House, there’s no such thing as a safe seat, even though they might appear that way now with the right push and grassroots movement and a lot of these seats could become competitive in a hurry.

All 435 seats representing the fifty United States are being contested in 2010. Additionally, elections will be held for the delegates from the District of Columbia and four of the five U.S. territories. The only seat in the House not up for election is that of the Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico, who serves a four-year term and will next face election in 2012. I won’t list them here for obvious reasons but with all seats up for elections tides could shift at any moment and these Tea Parties could be force that shifts them.

There are 36 Senate contests in 2010, below are the sixteen Democrat Senate elections for 2010. Analysis by Larry J. Sabato:

Evan Bayh (D-IN): DEMOCRATIC HOLD.
Michael Bennet (D-CO): APPOINTED SENATOR. TOSS-UP.
Barbara Boxer (D-CA): DEMOCRATIC HOLD. If Schwarzenegger runs, COMPETITIVE.
Roland Burris (D-IL): APPOINTED SENATOR. TOSS UP.
Christopher Dodd (D-CT): POTENTIALLY COMPETITIVE.
Byron Dorgan (D-ND): DEMOCRATIC HOLD. If Hoeven runs, COMPETITIVE
Russell Feingold (D-WI): DEMOCRATIC HOLD. If Ryan runs, COMPETITIVE.
Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY): APPOINTED SENATOR. LEANS DEMOCRATIC HOLD.
Daniel Inouye (D-HI): DEMOCRATIC HOLD, even if Lingle runs.
Ted Kaufman (D-DE): APPOINTED SENATOR—OPEN SEAT DEMOCRATIC HOLD.
Patrick Leahy (D-VT): DEMOCRATIC HOLD. In the unlikely event Douglas runs, possibly competitive.
Blanche Lincoln (D-AR): DEMOCRATIC HOLD.
Barbara Mikulski (D-MD): DEMOCRATIC HOLD.
Patty Murray (D-WA): DEMOCRATIC HOLD.
Harry Reid (D-NV): LEANS DEMOCRATIC BUT POTENTIALLY COMPETITIVE.
Charles Schumer (D-NY): DEMOCRATIC HOLD.
Ron Wyden (D-OR): DEMOCRATIC HOLD.

Below are the nineteen Republican Senate elections for 2010:
Robert Bennett (R-UT): REPUBLICAN HOLD.
Kit Bond (R-MO): OPEN SEAT. – TOSS UP.
Sam Brownback (R-KS): OPEN SEAT. REPUBLICAN HOLD.
Jim Bunning (R-KY): TOSS UP.
Richard Burr (R-NC): LEANS REPUBLICAN
Tom Coburn (R-OK): REPUBLICAN HOLD if Coburn runs, TOSS UP if Coburn retires.
Mike Crapo (R-ID): REPUBLICAN HOLD.
Jim DeMint (R-SC): REPUBLICAN HOLD.
Charles Grassley (R-IA): REPUBLICAN HOLD.
Judd Gregg (R-NH): REPUBLICAN HOLD.
Johnny Isakson (R-GA): REPUBLICAN HOLD
Mel Martinez (R-FL): OPEN SEAT. If Crist runs, this is LEANS REPUBLICAN HOLD. Otherwise, it’s a TOSS-UP.
John McCain (R-AZ): REPUBLICAN HOLD.
Lisa Murkowski (R-AK): REPUBLICAN HOLD.
Richard Shelby (R-AL): REPUBLICAN HOLD.
Arlen Specter (R-PA): LEANS REPUBLICAN.
John Thune (R-SD): REPUBLICAN HOLD.
David Vitter (R-LA): TOSS-UP.
George Voinovich (R-OH): OPEN SEAT. TOSS UP.

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