Ocean State Action “flattered” by name of RI Tea Party offshoot
The RI Tea Party is in flux, according to an annoucement this morning from one of that group’s three board members, Lisa Blais:
There will be a new name heard at the State House and across our cities and towns, the Ocean State Tea Party in Action. “We are pleased to announce this new organization that will continue the well-honed team work of engaging citizens in Rhode Island’s political process,” said Lisa Blais, former board member of the RITP. She added, “Taxpayers are eager for a way to fit the pieces together, not only to understand how legislation impacts the direction of our economy but to influence that direction through participation in the legislative process.”
Ocean State Tea Party in Action will be the catalyst for Rhode Island taxpayers to turn information into action.
Proven to be highly effective in recent months, we will continue with our three pronged approach – providing voters and taxpayers with information to act upon, providing a strong voice at the State House through our lobbying efforts, and by providing a constant spotlight on elected officials and their voting records, particularly useful as we head into the election cycle.
The name-change attracted this response from the liberal advocacy group Ocean State Action:
The RI Tea Party launched a new group this morning, the Ocean State Tea Party in Action. We’re flattered that the RI Tea Party likes us so much that they would stick their name in the middle of ours. Who knew that they wanted to be us when they grew up?
We thought about calling the press. We thought about calling a lawyer for name infringement.
But the most important place to beat the Tea Party is at the ballot box in 2012. Now is the time for the Ocean State Action Victory Campaign to gear up! We need progressive champions in the General Assembly not “Tea Party Patriots” who are committed to dismantling our state one piece at a time.
Regardless of the back-and-forth, the Tea Party and other conservative groups were effective in marshaling opposition to the binding arbitration bill at the end of the most recent legislative session. We’ll watch to see if progressives can regroup after suffering defeats on the budget and issues like Voter ID.