Bud Kennedy comes out and says those Tea Party guys are nuts (he even throws out rage in the title) and in turn Giovanni is a nut. All is great with Vicki Truitt. Could have seen this a mile away in a snow storm, when will the FWST get a decent columnist to cover NE Tarrant County?
Stuck for a gift idea?Can’t figure out what to give grumpy Uncle Barney or paranoid Aunt Ethel?
Give the gift everybody wants this year.
His or her very own Tea Party.
Everybody in Tarrant County seems to be throwing a Tea Party these days. Apparently, you just call yourself an Official Tea Party and then tell your neighbors to trust everything you post on Facebook.
Southlake alone has almost as many Tea Party groups as it has Starbucks stands.
This is important, because voting in the party primaries — which decides most Texas state and local offices — starts in nine weeks.
Tarrant County alone has at least four Tea Party-related factions (originally “Taxed Enough Already”), from Glenn Beck and Ron Paul libertarians to religious conservatives. There’s even one group of Confederate separatists.
The debate in Northeast Tarrant County isn’t over whether to split North and South. It’s over tea in Southlake.
A new club calling itself the NE Tarrant Tea Party — a subcommittee of the Dallas Tea Party — hosted a candidates forum Tuesday in Southlake to hear state House Rep. Vicki Truitt of Keller and a challenger, Giovanni Capriglione of Southlake.
But the NE Tarrant Tea Party is in no way connected to the Southlake Tea Party, which staged a patriotic rally April 15.
“I don’t know who this new group is,” said businessman Dick Morgan, founder of the Southlake Tea Party.
“I know who Vicki Truitt is. She stands for a lot of the things that I believe in and support.”
Tarrant County is already led by conservative Republican incumbents.
According to its Web site, the Dallas group’s goal is to retire incumbents.
Capriglione, 36, is a private equity professional who voted for Ron Paul in the party primary last year. He mostly criticizes Truitt for supporting a local-option vote to raise taxes and fees for better regional transportation.
Capriglione hosted a “Boiling Point Tea Party” last month in Keller.
In other words, any campaign rally is now a Tea Party.
At the Southlake forum, Capriglione stirred paranoia by predicting a secret transit tax election: “It will not be on a regular day and you won’t be told about it. The Star-Telegram is not going to tell you about it.”
By phone Thursday, he said he simply meant that the election won’t get much attention. “These scheme artists prey on people,” he said.
Truitt sees a different scheme.
“A lot of Tea Party people are genuinely concerned — they’re angry at what they see in Washington,” she said.
“But right now, they’re being manipulated, and they don’t see it yet.”
There’s a Tea Party born every minute.