Kentucky Republican Senator-elect Rand Paul is already making waves in Washington, D.C. with plans to organize either a Senate or bicameral Tea Party CaucusWho do you think should be inducted into the bicameral (both chambers of Congress), tea party caucus? Obviously, here are my choices for the senate, right off the bat:
Paul said he’s been chatting with several people from Kentucky about laying down a communications blueprint to keep the grassroots Tea Partiers nationwide in touch with their newly elected senators and representatives about what’s going on inside the Beltway. Paul told The Daily Caller he plans to start by forming a “nucleus” of conservative senators and then reach out to colleagues in the House.
“My idea is that we would do a bicameral caucus,” Paul told TheDC. “I don’t think there’s been a caucus that has had both Senate and House jointly meeting and I’d also like it to involve the grassroots, in some way, the Tea Party groups so we get some kind of input from folks all around the country, some kind of electronic town hall or something like that.”
Paul said he got the idea from talking with Kentucky Tea Partiers, adding that the activists tell him they want to keep fighting, even though there isn’t another election until 2012.
“They aren’t like, ‘once the election’s over, that’s it,’” Paul said. “So, I’d like to figure out a way that they can have input and we can let them know what we’re trying to do on their behalf as well.”
Paul said he’d expect such a caucus to “make legislators better people and better legislators but, also, it would just give them a guidepost to work from.” He stressed that fiscal responsibility and balanced budgets would be a major focus of his Tea Party Caucus.
Michelle Bachmann, Ron Paul, Mike Pence, John Carter, Pete Sessions, John Culberson, Steve King, Dan Burton, Paul Broun, and Cliff Stearns.
Renee Ellmers, Kristi Noem, Vicky Hartzler, Allen West, Christopher Gibson, Dan Benishek, Tim Scott, Bobby Schilling, Marlin Stutzman, Mick Mulvaney, Scott DesJarlais, Tom Graves, Joe Heck, Rick Crawford, Tim Griffin, Paul Gosar, David Schweikert, Steve Southerland, Sandra Adams, Raul Labrador, Robert Dold, Adam Kinzinger, Randy Hultgren, Todd Young, Jeff Landry, Justin Amash, Tim Walberg, Frank Guinta, Michael Grimm, Steve Chabot, Bill Johnson, Steven Stivers, Jim Renacci, Jeff Duncan, Trey Gowdy, Bill Flores, H. Morgan Griffith, Sean Duffy, Reid Ribble, David McKinley, Scott Tipton, John Runyan, Dennis Ross, Tim Huelskamp, Mo Brooks and Alan Nunnelee.
A more inclusive list might also add...
Steve Pearce, Scott Rigell, Lou Barletta, Daniel Webster, James Lankford, Chip Cravaak, Cory Gardner, Jeff Denham, Bill Huizenga, and Nan Hayworth