We’ve already discussed Tea Party candidate Rich Iott. He’s the person who likes to dress up as a Nazi, and is currently lying to voters by claiming military service.
But there are many, many more Tea party candidates. The House candidates don’t get nearly as much attention as the Senate candidates, which is a shame, and possibly illegal.
I don’t want conservative House candidates or spokespeople to feel sad or ignored or “left out” (or “fired”) because that’s a violation of their First Amendment rights, so I’ve been listening to them.
Tea Party-backed candidate, Tom Ganley, is interesting. Note that both Ganley and his accuser are Tea party members.
The Cleveland woman who last week filed a sexual assault lawsuit against Brecksville auto dealer Tom Ganley filed an amended complaint today which claims the GOP congressional candidate wouldn’t give her a job because she refused his sexual advances.
The 39-year-old mother of four claims she met Ganley at a July 2009 Tea Party rally in downtown Cleveland, admired his anti-abortion political views and sought to volunteer for a U.S. Senate campaign he was waging before he decided to run against Sutton. She also asked him about lowering the interest rate on a Chevrolet Venture van she’d bought from his dealership. The lawsuit says that when she brought the van in for repairs and went to Ganley’s office to discuss a job he offered her, Ganley made unwanted sexual advances.
“He told her he would fix her car for free, provide her with a paying job, and reduce the interest rate on the financing of her Chevy Van in return for her acting basically as a prostitute and becoming sexually submissive to him,” the lawsuit says. “Plaintiff was greatly offended and was in fear of the deranged Defendant Ganley at that time, and was trapped in his office while her van was being repaired.”
And here’s Stephen Broden, Tea Party House candidate in Texas, freely exercising his right to political speech:
Republican congressional candidate Stephen Broden stunned his party Thursday, saying he would not rule out violent overthrow of the government if elections did not produce a change in leadership. In a rambling exchange during a TV interview, Broden, a South Dallas pastor, said a violent uprising “is not the first option,” but it is “on the table.” That drew a quick denunciation from the head of the Dallas County GOP, who called the remarks “inappropriate.”
It’s a long list. I’m sure there are more conservative candidates who are entitled to a forum. We don’t want them silenced.