Mechanicsville Tea Party Elects New Officers
Energized Grassroots Organization Issues Challenge to GOP Establishment
At its December 19 meeting, the Mechanicsville TEA Party (MTP) concluded business for the year by electing its 2013 slate of officers.
Bob Shannon, a founder of both the MTP and the King William TEA Party, was selected as president. Also chosen were Jim Hill, vice-president; Cheryl Lavene, secretary; and Sue Ellen Fuller, treasurer.
Shannon took the opportunity to thank outgoing president Gerry Baugh for his hard work and dedication over the last two and a half years.
“Gerry’s public-minded service,” said Shannon, “provides a concrete example of patriotism.“
Laying out the broad direction in which he intends to lead the group during his tenure, Shannon pledged to maintain a non-partisan tone toward both political parties.
“Reform of the Republican party by conventional means hasn’t worked,” he said, citing its abandonment of spending reforms shortly after the 2010 election. “Any Republican who assumes the support of the TEA Party as a foregone conclusion going forward will be making a mistake at their own peril.”
Shannon also emphasized the MTP’s desire to work with Democrats who share the group’s core commitment to fiscal responsibility.
Meetings of the MTP, free and open to the public, are held at 7:00 pm on the first and third Wednesday of each month at American Legion Post 175 (8700 Bell Creek Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23116).
For more information, visit http://mechanicsvilleteaparty.com.