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Tea Party Group Endorses Casey Primary Challenger

By David Gerber, Contributing Writer

The Independence Hall Tea Party PAC endorsed a challenger to Sen. Bob Casey: Democrat Brian Kelly of Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

The Tuesday announcement occurred at Independence Mall in Philadelphia where Kelly officially declared his 2012 candidacy.

Don Adams, PAC President, exclaimed that he and his party are tired of Bob Casey’s non-conservative stance through his support for Obamacare and other failed stimulus bills.

Adams issued a statement justifying his party’s claim in supporting the Democrat:

“The PAC is endorsing Mr. Kelly in 2010 because of his principled views on issues that concern us.  He supports a balanced budget amendment, tax reform, reducing the burden of federal regulations, and energy independence,” said Mr. Adams.

“Senator Bob Casey has proven he is neither conservative nor pro-life. We will not rest until Bob Casey is defeated in 2012.”

This is not the first time that the Independence Hall Tea Party has ringed its support for Kelly, a retired software engineer and former associate professor. They threw their weight him in his 2010 primary challenge to Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D-Luzerne), where he pulled in about 17 percent of the vote. He was the second Democratic candidate the group ever endorsed.

6 Responses

  1. News Flash: Sam Rohrer will announce that he is running for the U.S. Senate on Monday, November 21st, in Harrisburg. Everyone will now have an opportunity to consider this true conservative who is on the right side of all the issues. Sam has an impressive track record with state-wide voter recognition. He made an impressive showing in the lastb governor’s race.

    Al & Kathy Kiser
    Union City, PA

  2. Dear Mr. Tucci,

    The Independence Hall Tea Party PAC endorsed in the 2012 PA Democratic Primary against Casey–that is not a General Election endorsement.

    Mr. Kelly, a conservative, deserves our support because he is challenging the Democratic Party to embrace the values of limited
    government, lower taxes, and free enterprise that we, as Tea Partiers,

    Shouldn’t we be challenging both parties, Sir?

    Mr. Kelly will help make voters aware that Senator Casey is an Obama
    clone–not the blue dog Democrat he pretended to be in the 2006 campaign.

    As for endorsing a Republican primary challenger to Casey? We believe it is far too early as eight candidates have surfaced and a few more are on the way.

    But we respect your right to endorse whomever you’d like.

    The Democratic field is probably set–that’s why we endorsed.

    Don Adams, President
    Independence Hall Tea Party PAC

  3. The field is indeed set. John Vernon is clearly the best candidate. Hopefully, we will see more Military Leaders vs. Lawyers and $ Men. And, I too find it absolutely quite confusing how ANY TEA Party can endorse any Democratic candidate. The ideologies are too wide.

  4. Isn’t it a bit early to be making 2012 endorsements? Especially since the field isn’t even set yet?

  5. For the life of me I cannot comprehend how another Tea Party organization could possibly endorse a Democrat. Simply put try reading “A Tea Party Manifesto” By DICK ARMEY AND MATT KIBBE
    “The movement is not seeking a junior partnership with the Republican Party, it is aiming for a hostile takeover of the Republican Party.”

    The Tea Party USA Erie Chapter has decided to support John Vernon, a true Patriot and Conservative, to unseat Bob Casey.
    The vote was taken at the Monday October 17th evening meeting with unanimous conviction to support a man of character and determination to once again fight for freedom, this time within our own borders.

    John Vernon is a retired Army Colonel and is regarded as a top candidate by the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee to unseat Democrat Senator Bob Casey and hopefully reduce the socialist majority in the US Senate by one less vote and retake our country.

    To learn more of a candidate with distinction and honor, please visit his website which will detail his intentions and values, as he joins with other conservatives to regain the American honor he put his life on the line for. or please visit candidates page.
    Don Tucci

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