Amidst yet another round of media conjectures regarding the demise of their movement, Tea Party groups across Arizona will gather together for a State Convention on May 31st in Phoenix, Arizona, the Valley of the Sun. This event has the political class a little nervous. Apparently, these groups didn’t get the memo that the movement is dead. In fact, they are proving quite the contrary.
The “Organizing to Represent Americans” Convention represents the first time Tea Parties in Arizona will assemble as a whole at one venue to discuss creating a system of strategies designed to go on the offense against the left and restore the American Republic.
“In my four years of Tea Party participation in Arizona, I have never seen so much enthusiasm for one of our events, “said Chris Rossiter, President of the Greater Phoenix Tea Party. “Each time we would put out a new batch of tickets, they were snatched up. The Tea Party is a very instinctive and resilient movement and I think everyone senses that a big change is necessary and it is here, starting this Saturday in Arizona.”
The organizers of the event had one thing in mind when they were planning the event—strategy. They immediately sought participation from the national groups and secured sponsorship from the Tea Party Patriots and TheTeaParty.net, as well as Americans for Prosperity and Heritage Action. This move of getting the backing of national Tea Party groups was a strategic one. Organizers of the Arizona Tea Party Conference want to see Tea Party Conventions in all 50 States by 2016. Accomplishing that task will require the assistance of groups at the national level.
By calling their event a State Convention, Rossiter said they have made several ears in the Republican Party perk up. “My phone and email are going crazy with messages from politicians who want in. The funny thing is that this isn’t a political event and we are posting ‘no campaigning’ signs at the entrance to the venue,” he said. Rossiter continued, “Perhaps they are worried we are going to leave them high and dry and strike out on our own. Even though we have no intention at this time of forming a third party–if the Republicans were to drop a hand grenade in the middle of their ranks by doing something like passing Amnesty, the GOP could fall apart and we would be wise to have a contingency plan. But, that is not the main purpose of our Convention by any means.”
In a press release, the organizers stated what drove them to organize the Tea Party state convention in Arizona.
“At a time when the liberal media and the establishment political parties are proclaiming the death of the movement, the Tea Party has gathered steam, is further organizing, and is meeting to establish long-term goals and the strategies to achieve them. The Constitution and the very moral fabric of our society are under attack. Ordinary Americans are eager for their rights and their values to be represented and defended in the public arena and that is exactly what the Tea Party intends to do.”
There has been so much interest in the 2014 Arizona Tea Party State Convention that the event is now sold out.