Rand Paul to Spearhead Bicameral Tea Party Caucus

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by the Left Coast Rebel

Via Memeorandum, the Daily Caller spoke with Rand Paul, Paul mentioned a new tea party caucus in the works:

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 Caucus

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.

Who 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:

Senate:

Rand Paul
Jim DeMint
Tom Coburn
Pat Toomey
Johnny Isakson
Marco Rubio
Mike Lee
Ron Johnson

House:

Incumbents:

Michelle Bachmann, Ron Paul, Mike Pence, John Carter, Pete Sessions, John Culberson, Steve King, Dan Burton, Paul Broun, and Cliff Stearns.

Incoming freshmen:

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.

Thanks, Rightklik!

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

8 comments:

  1. From Senate: Jim Inhofe. House: if he wins, David Harmer from CA CD-11.

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  2. I think it would be great if the caucus included potential tea party supported congressional candidates for 2012. Being that many of them will have no prior government experience, allowing them to be involved in the caucus over the next couple of years would give them some depth to their resumes.

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  3. Hm, I see that Inhofe is opposed to the earmark moratorium. Maybe I spoke too soon... I thought he was a pretty conservative guy.

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  4. Thanks, Lisa - I think that Inhofe is not a tea party favorite, more establishment ;)

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  5. Ron Johnson could be a potential addition to the Senate list.

    For the House...

    Incumbents:

    Michelle Bachmann, Mike Pence, John Carter, Pete Sessions, John Culberson, Steve King, Dan Burton, Paul Broun, and Cliff Stearns.

    Incoming freshmen:

    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

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  6. Rep. Ron Paul, obviously.

    Sen-elect Kelly Ayotte, if she can agree to "small government" when it comes to religiously-charged issues. She's against e.g., gambling and same-sex marriage, but good on many fiscal issues. See the conflict with your small-gov't tendancies, Senator, and it'll be fine! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelly_Ayotte

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  7. I might as well add my "fantasy politics" idea here, while I'm at it. Who knows how to set up a fantasy football application?

    Instead of players, we pick our "dream team" of two Senators and ten Reps. The scoring would be determined by a team of libertarian referees, who select key bills and give points for having the correct freedom-lovin' vote. There should be an appeals process, maybe even points for legislators who voted the "wrong" way for the right reasons...

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  8. Perlgerl - I don't know how I missed Ron Paul, now added! Love the "fantasy politics" idea, too.

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