Illinois Congresswoman MOCKS the Tea Party

From the Palatine Tea Party

(Palatine, Illinois) – Representative Melissa Bean (D) Illinois 8th district MOCKS the Tea Party. Bean said the following to the Daily Herald on February 19, 2010.

As for the tea party rallies and organizations, Bean bristled at calling it a “movement”. 1

Bean went on to mention Obama’s inauguration, “I remember being on the (National Mall), there being 1 million people for the inauguration. That is a movement, Bean said. I don’t see a comparison.”1 According to a new Rasmussen Reports, there continues to be a huge perception gap between the Political Class and Mainstream Americans. Eighty-seven percent (87%) of Political Class voters believe the United States is generally heading in the right direction, while 81% of Mainstream voters think the country has gotten off on the wrong track.2

CNN’s latest poll confirms that the Tea Party movement has more political clout than the President of the United States in influencing voters during this November’s mid-terms. While just 37 percent of Americans are more likely to vote for a candidate if backed by Barack Obama, a far larger 50 percent will vote for a Tea-Party endorsed candidate.3

If you are outraged with Bean’s statements, contact her local office (847) 517-2927 or DC (202) 225-3711 and vote her out in November!

1 Daily Herald, 2/19/2010
2 Rasmussen Reports, 9/29/2010
3 Telegraph, 9/26/2010


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  • The Tea Party movement is a grass roots movement that is made up of individuals who believe in liberty, constitutional principles and fiscal responsibility. We are a non-partisan, nationwide grassroots group committed to freedom and united by the core values and principles found in the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The Tea Party welcomes all conservatives, libertarians, centrists, Republicans, Democrats and Independents who stand for freedom and individual rights.

    We are deeply disappointed that Representative Melissa Bean does not recognize the movement for what it is. A movement designed to hold our elected officials accountable for any actions taken that usurp our Constitution.

    When Melissa Bean voted for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) she did so against the will of the majority of her constituents in the 8th district of Illinois. More than 400 Tea Party members rallied together outside her office in Schaumburg Illinois in the freezing cold, several days before she voted yes for the PPACA. We sent thousands of faxes, thousands of letters and made thousands of phone calls. She still voted against the will of the majority of her constituents.

    Since her Yes vote for the PPACA, her Republican challenger Joe Walsh has beseeched Melissa Bean on numerous occasions to debate her on multiple issues such as jobs, the economy, immigration, national security and health care . Most importantly, we Tea Party members request that Melissa Bean explain why she voted for the PPACA against the will of the majority of her constituents. We also demand that she explain to us how the mandate to purchase health insurance is allowable under the Commerce clause of our Constitution or any other clause. We have even offered her a copy of the Constitution in person so that she can find the clause that allows this mandate. She promptly refused it.

    It has now been over a month since Walsh issued a debate invitation to Bean. To date, the Bean Campaign has not provided a response.

    In 2002, when Melissa Bean was challenging Rep. Phil Crane, she issued an open letter to Crane

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