The goal of this organization has always been to support the election of officeholders that will support the 5 principles of Limited Government, Fiscal Responsibility, Personal Responsibility, National and State Sovereignty, and the Rule of Law. It has also been our goal to support those that have a viable plan of successfully winning the office; not necessarily the best chance, but SOME chance. We also have long recognized our own limitations: the Tea Party, by itself, cannot elect a single candidate. Without the support of traditional ‘party’ conservatives, social-specific conservatives and/or libertarian minded conservatives, we can win nothing, in which case we become all talk, no walk.
We consider our primary areas to be 1) Collin County, 2) Dallas County, 3) Denton County. After reviewing the conditions on the ground and the extensive work we all did in the primaries- mostly successful, we feel comfortable in making the following recommendation, but for different reasons in different locales.
We recommend that our membership cast a straight Republican ticket at the top and- if they feel strongly in some race otherwise (say for some Libertarian), that they override their ‘straight’ vote for that office (You CAN override individual slots in a straight-ticket ballot.)
The reason for this is simple: the Republicans- especially in Dallas County- lose a LOT of down ticket races (for judges and County offices) based on far fewer Republicans cast the entire ballot than do Democrats. And in our three county region, there is no given Democrat with a strong enough difference toward the 5 principles to be worthy of support. And, while many of us may have a lot of commonality with Libertarians out there, their path to victory is currently non-existent, mainly representing the chance to swing enough vote to allow the Democrats to pick up some close races they otherwise would not.
Some may complain this makes us look like an arm of the GOP; we are NOT. We will support the best Tea Party candidate with a feasible chance of winning, wherever they may be. Some of use are old enough to remember when Ralph Hall was a Democrat (and actually more conservative than he is now). And the Libertarians- by picking slots that have really ‘mushy’ Republicans slip through- could easily gain our support. Unfortunately for them, the local GOP ended up with a pretty consistently strong field.
We will continue to war with the GOP ‘Powers That Be’ and back-sliders during legislative sessions and primaries. But for the General, for this election and this area, we support the GOP field down the ballot (perfectly understanding those that would vote to support the personal exceptions to that).