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‘We the People’ is the local Tea Party

Dear editor:

I am writing to set the public record straight by addressing a series of misrepresentations made by right wing Tea Party leader Steve Trubilla in the April 2, 2014 Franklin Times.

Trubilla claims the “We The People” organization is simply “a non-partisan citizen group not a Tea Party political organization.” This statement contains two deliberate misrepresentations. 

First, Trubilla’s claim that “We The People” is not a Tea Party organization is false.

In January of this year, a poll was conducted of likely Franklin County voters with regard to whether they had a favorable or unfavorable view of the Franklin County Tea Party.

On Jan. 7, 2014, ”We the People” responded to the poll on its webpage  referring to themselves as the Tea Party:

“Patriots just got a local race phone survey call obviously sponsored by the Democratic Party ... The grand finally favorable/unfavorable for the local tea party, that’s us! I find it very interesting we made the poll, so obviously we are making waves so keep up the good work and do more. We are making someone nervous.”

The second false statement by Trubilla is that the “We the People” organization is not political.

“We the People” (The Franklin County Tea Party) has recruited and endorsed candidates and actively recruited volunteers for their candidates.   On Jan. 7, 2014, its webpage solicited a potential candidate against County Commissioner Cedric Jones:

“Patriots - We need to find someone willing to run for District 2 Franklin County (Franklinton area) against Cederic Jones.(sic) I am a firm believer everyone should be primaried.(sic) If you know anyone who lives around Franklinton please talk to them about running and let them know we will help them run.”

The following pitch for political volunteers  appeared on the “We The People’s” webpage on Feb. 9, 2014:

  “I want to start a challenge! Of the 129 followers of WTP, how many will take a vacation day from work on May 6, 2014 and work at your local polling place? We need partrots (sic) willing to stand outside and promte (sic) good candidates like: Bostic, Chastian, Brannon etc. If you don’t stand for good candidates nothing will every (sic) change. Add a comment to this post if you are will to take a day to support your Country.”

Why are Trubilla and “We The People” trying to hide their true colors and their true political purpose?

One suspects that candidates in the Democratic Party primary who sought and received the endorsement of “We The People” have found that the vast majority of Democrats and Unaffiliated voters casting a Democratic primary ballot are refusing to support candidates backed by the Tea Party.

Thinking Democrats should withhold their votes from these candidates; the Tea Party’s extreme positions don’t point to the best future of North Carolina and it does not foster leadership that the people of Franklin County can trust.

Doug Berger  

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Members Opinions:
April 10, 2014 at 1:28pm
we voted Doug Berger out, but he won't go away. Everyone should support the Tea Party. We need to get rid of Social Democrats.
April 10, 2014 at 2:07pm
Democratic primary candidate for sheriff, Joe Lynch, supposedly spoke at one of the recent "We the People" meetings. Does this mean that no one should vote for Lynch since he went to a "Tea Party" event?

April 10, 2014 at 11:29pm
When we talk about some one like Doug Berger who lost miserably to a republican what can you say? The democrats like to paint the Tea Party as raciest but we are just people who are fed up with the liberals. What you democrats ought to be thinking about is 'what a shame it is that our first black president couldn't have been a decent man'? You have totally blew your chances to lead this country and you know it. You have made it hard for a good man like Dr. Ben Carson who could do so much for this country. As for as Cederic Jones, he has never made a dime off no one except the taxpayers and don't deserve to be in any elected position.
April 11, 2014 at 1:42pm
Seems to me that We The People should thank Doug for the free publicity as his entire letter is just a regurgitation of their facebook page.
April 12, 2014 at 7:51am
Berger desires the spotlight of fame and stirring the political pot is the only way to achieve it. "BLESS HIS LITTLE OLD HEART"!!!
April 12, 2014 at 11:53am
The art of distraction. Might it be better if we just talked about issues? I will respond to Doug Berger's letter, or maybe not. Might be more important to see how fast the grass is growing. Depends on just how bored I get. I would note he seems to have much more interest in the Tea Party than I do.

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