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Williams tops Riddle in GOP race for U.S. House
Austin-American Statesman ^ | 8/1/2012 | Chuck Lindell

Posted on 08/01/2012 5:18:05 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck

Roger Williams, a former Texas secretary of state who made his name as a prolific GOP fundraiser, is one step closer to a seat in the U.S. House after handily defeating Central Texas Tea Party founder Wes Riddle in the Republican runoff Tuesday.

(Excerpt) Read more at statesman.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: congress; runoff; texas
All did not go perfectly for the Tea Party in TX last night. Car dealer Roger Williams was able to buy TX25's Congressional seat with a 7:1 spending ratio over the Tea Party's own Wes Riddle. My enjoyment of Ted Cruz' victory is sadly tempered by this defeat.
1 posted on 08/01/2012 5:18:10 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck
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To: Paine in the Neck

I voted against Williams because he called and called and called and called and called and called and called and called countless times despite when I could talk to a real person they continued to ignore my request to be put on their no call list. Should have filed on him for it.


2 posted on 08/01/2012 6:11:41 AM PDT by bgill
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To: Paine in the Neck

I confess I do not know the area or the candidates. And I’m sure the Tea Party candidate would be a great representative in Congress.

But what is the problem with Roger Williams? His Issues page seems to line up pretty well, and if he’s a car dealer, he’s not really an “insider,” is he?

Here’s his issues page: http://www.rogerforcongress.com/issues

Again, don’t crucify, as I truly was not following this race.


3 posted on 08/01/2012 6:12:03 AM PDT by Dan Nunn (Support the NRA!)
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To: Dan Nunn

It doesn’t matter. You have to vote for anyone who is associated with the term “Tea.”

No matter who they are or what they’ve done. You must vote “Tea” just like RINO’s must vote for the establishment. It’s a rule.

The Taxed Enough Already movement is not a party and as soon as people started claiming chairmanships and president titles of a “Tea Party” it had its first bite from the political hack organizational vampires.


4 posted on 08/01/2012 6:20:00 AM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: Paine in the Neck

They won’t all vote our way but we still push for setting the changing tone for the GOP. Either defend conservatism in Tea Party fashion or we fight against them as a dreaded RINO. No holds barred anymore.


5 posted on 08/01/2012 6:22:29 AM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: sam_paine
No matter who they are or what they’ve done. You must vote “Tea”

Great post. Some readers here may miss the sarcasm.....

6 posted on 08/01/2012 6:27:18 AM PDT by Notary Sojac (Ut veniant omnes)
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To: Dan Nunn

Williams will be ok on many issues, more conservative than many in Congress, but he is a connected GOP insider of the ilk of Dewhurst. He’ll be one of Boehner’s boys - don’t rock the boat, kick the hard decisions down the road, look for your chance to cash in.

We lost a true champion for the cause of Constitutionally limited government in Riddle. I hope he runs again.


7 posted on 08/01/2012 6:40:54 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything)
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To: Dan Nunn

Thanks for the link. Time and action will tell, but he sounds like one of us.


8 posted on 08/01/2012 6:56:44 AM PDT by Sal (STAND YOUR GROUND laws are the prosecutor's target--GZ is collateral damage.)
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To: sam_paine

I am certain, sam, we disagree about a lot of stuff...but you are ABSOLUTELY RIGHT ON in this post.


9 posted on 08/01/2012 6:57:39 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: sam_paine

You cannot be the president, founder, chairman or any other position of an idea. TEA Party is an idea and ideology.

LLS


10 posted on 08/01/2012 7:01:38 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Don't Tread On Me)
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To: Paine in the Neck

Is Riddle an actual constitutional conservative, or is he a Paulite? Inthink there’s a HUGE difference. Ted Cruz is the prototype of a constitutional conservative, and you can bet he won’t vote with Democrats almost half the time like Ron Paul does.


11 posted on 08/01/2012 7:05:51 AM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: bgill

“Filed on him” for what? None of the do not call laws apply to political calls.


12 posted on 08/01/2012 7:07:57 AM PDT by xjcsa (Ridiculing the ridiculous since the day I was born.)
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To: Paine in the Neck
Like I said, time and action will tell. If he's a Boehner Boy, Riddle will probably be able to beat him in two years. "We" haven't become dispirited or worn down as the wishful thinkers say. We're still here.

We absolutely must resurrect and reinforce our Constitution.

13 posted on 08/01/2012 7:08:33 AM PDT by Sal (STAND YOUR GROUND laws are the prosecutor's target--GZ is collateral damage.)
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To: SoFloFreeper; Notary Sojac

I’ll go out even further on the limb on these “Founders of the ____ Chapter of the Tea Party”! =)

I think the true founder of the “Tea Party” is Baraka Hussein Obama.

He’s the one who truly precipitated the movement with the bailouts which predated Santelli’s rant.


14 posted on 08/01/2012 7:12:32 AM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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15 posted on 08/01/2012 7:17:31 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: sam_paine
It doesn’t matter. You have to vote for anyone who is associated with the term “Tea.”

A warning worth repeating.

WI GOP could've picked up a state senate seat but the "Tea Party" candidate had massive tax problems. Other examples abound.

16 posted on 08/01/2012 7:20:16 AM PDT by newzjunkey (Pontius Pilate 'voters' are arrogant, delusional, lilly-livered collaborators.)
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To: sam_paine

Post of the day!...

Barak Hussein Obama is the founder of the Tea Party!


17 posted on 08/01/2012 7:46:13 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: newzjunkey

We’ve had fraud Tea Party web sites in my state (money collection fraud), so there are going to be fake Tea candidates out there as well. Don’t be lazy; do your research.


18 posted on 08/01/2012 7:48:10 AM PDT by ponygirl (Be Breitbart.)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
That's Barak-"AH" to you!
19 posted on 08/01/2012 8:02:52 AM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: xjcsa

I know.

Just wait until we all start getting 47 thousand calls from Hussein.


20 posted on 08/01/2012 8:04:48 AM PDT by bgill
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To: Paine in the Neck

I’m not familiar with the Texas districts.

Was it just Williams money, or does the district “swing more moderate than Conservative”.

Just curious.


21 posted on 08/01/2012 10:34:21 AM PDT by Wuli
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To: Wuli
I’m not familiar with the Texas districts.

Was it just Williams money, or does the district “swing more moderate than Conservative”.

Just curious.

I don't know what happened. I'm still trying to figure it out. The district runs from just north of Austin up thru Killeen/Ft Hood to just south of Ft Worth. It's all mostly rural, pretty conservative.

I had Cruz/Riddle and Dewhurst/Williams aligned politically so figured that Riddle would get coattails from Cruz. But Dewhurst did surprisingly well in the district and Williams got 58%(!).

In perusing Williams twitter it seems that, for his supporters, economic considerations were the overwhelming issue rather than unconstitutional overreach of gov't. I see the economic problems as a symptom and the out of control gov't as the cause but Williams voters seem to think a business man is what's needed.

Williams will be ok, just not the Constitutional champion that Riddle would have been.

22 posted on 08/01/2012 11:25:32 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything)
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To: Paine in the Neck

I blame Harry Potter. Obviously, any candidate named Riddle is probably Voldemort...


23 posted on 08/01/2012 11:55:03 AM PDT by mrreaganaut (Coolidge 2012!)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

“Is Riddle an actual constitutional conservative, or is he a Paulite?”

He’s something of a Paulite, and supported by those types of supporters.

Roger Williams is a conservative, and had a lot more money.


24 posted on 08/01/2012 8:28:14 PM PDT by WOSG (REPEAL AND REPLACE OBAMA. He stole America’s promise!)
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