The Tea Party was founded named for a pre-Revolutionary War event when Colonists tossed British Tea into the Boston Harbor to protest taxes…
This Tea Bagger has found a far better use for “tea”…
Republican leaders have declared open war on Tim D’Annunzio, a Tea Party-backed North Carolina congressional candidate who they fear may be insane. They’re publicizing documents from D’Annunzio’s divorce, in which his wife testifies that he called himself the messiah, predicted god would drop a 1,000-mile high pyramid on Greenland, and claimed to have found the Ark of the Covenant in Arizona. A doctor also revealed that he smokes pot almost every day, reports the AP
Years later, a judge ruled that he had willfully skipped child support payments, adding that he’d described himself as a “religious zealot” who considered the government the “Antichrist.” The chairman of the North Carolina GOP says D’Annunzio “has disqualified himself by his background, his record and his behavior.” But he might actually win; he got more votes initial primary voting than anyone else, and has plenty of cash for his runoff with local sportscaster Harold Johnson.
On Monday, Republican congressional candidate Tim D’Annunzio fired back at GOP leaders who’ve spoken out against his controversial campaign, demanding that the chairman of the North Carolina GOP step down.
“Chairman Fetzer broke the Plan of Organization of the Republican Party by speaking against my candidacy,” he said. “I am officially calling for Chairman Fetzer to step down. He should resign the position.”
D’Annunzio, a Hoke County businessman, is running in a special runoff election for the Republican nomination for the 8th District House seat. He will face Harold Johnson June 22. The winner will face Rep. Larry Kissell (D-Biscoe) in November.
D’Annunzio’s comments came in response to an article published in Sunday’s Charlotte Observer that details reasons that Fetzer and others have called D’Annunzio unfit for office. The article is primarily based on court documents from a 1995 divorce proceeding.
The documents, according to the article, suggest that D’Annunzio went to rehab for a heroin dependency, was arrested multiple times, and served jail time as a young man. The documents also claim D’Annunzio’s ex-wife accused him of saying outrageous things about a religious awakening, including claiming to have discovered the Ark of the Covenant.
“The allegations are unsubstantiated and come from second-hand sources,” D’Annunzio said. “The information printed in yesterday’s newspaper was fed to journalists by certain individuals who are afraid of independent, rugged individualists, like me, who refuse to bow down to those who hold the power and want control for themselves, because they’re more concerned with getting someone elected who will put their version of political party over the people.”
D’Annunzio has admitted to several personal failings in his blog, “Christ’s War,” including using drugs, and being arrested as a teenager and as an adult.
He focuses on his redemption now, he said. “Repentance means you turn around and go a different way.”
He has not addressed the specifics allegations made in the Observer article, except to call them “lies and accusations.” Monday, at a press conference in Concord, he repeatedly refused to answer reporters’ questions. He said the presence of his grown children and young grandchildren at the event made those questions inappropriate.
“I am not going to address any allegations. If anybody else wants to start getting into these allegations, I will end this right now,” he said.
Once, he called the press conference “over,” but then continued to speak. Later, he told a reporter to leave. When he refused, D’Annunzio said, “Well then, I’ll leave,” but then continued speaking…
Those supporters, many members of the tea party movement, said they stand by D’Annunzio.
“It’s the character that’s developed from failure that creates the individual who can stand tall and have courage to defend our constitution when he gets to Washington,” Sharon Christie said. She is communications director for “We the People” of Cabarrus County. “I need somebody that’s thick-skinned, that’s been through the trials. who’s been through the battle.”
Don’t know what smoking pot and getting busted and sent to jail has to do with “defending our constitution” (talk about some twisted logic) – but we may have found an explanation for all those crazy white folks in the “Tea” Party!