With the responsed that Rep. Grasham Barrett (R-SC) recieved at the Tea Party being held in Greenville, SC on Wednesday … his bid for Governor of the state might be off to a bad start. The Palmetto Scoop posted this video to its website of Rep. Barret speaking to the attendees at the tea party:
Barrett, who voted in favor of the $700 billion bailout to stabilize the financial sector, despised by many of the demonstrators, knew what he was getting into. South Carolina grassroots conservatives have been blasting the congressman for months because of his vote on the Bush administration’s bill last October. Previewing his Tea Party speech earlier this week, The Greenville News wrote that Barrett was headed “into the Lion’s Den.”
The booing and shouting continued for the entire five minutes Barrett was on stage. When he pointed out that he recently introduced a bill called the TEA Act to stop wasteful government spending, one protested yelled repeatedly: “Too late!”
Much of this might have been forgotten if Barrett were returning to his safe seat in Congress in 2010, but the Westminster Republican is leaving the House to seek the South Carolina governorship next year. He’s gearing up for what’s likely to be a tough three-way Republican primary against Attorney General Henry McMaster and Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, a contest in which Barrett will almost certainly have to answer for his bailout vote.
Barrett spokesman B.J. Boling said the crowd’s reaction “was about what we expected” and stressed that the congressman’s “conservative credentials are unquestionable.” He noted that the National Journal has ranked Barrett as the fourth most conservative member of the U.S House.
“This is about disagreeing over one vote, and the congressman and the folks who were there agree on a whole lot more than just that,” Boling said. “He has a record of fiscal conservativism that I believe is unmatched in the House.”
Let’s just say that Rep. Barrett is going to have a tough race for the Governor’s seat … really tough.
I had a great time at the Tax Day Tea Parties in both Austin and San Antonio. I am working right now on posting photographs and videos I took from these events. Once I get that done I will work on the blog post. These events were successful … the Don’t Mess With Texas Tea Party at Austin City Hall had over 2,000 people in attendance with Gov. Rick Perry, Michael Williams, Lance Kennedy, and others. Here in San Antonio … Estimates are now upwards of 15,000 packed into Alamo Plaza with Glenn Beck, Ted Nugent, and others standing up to out of control spending and the growth of government. Those in attendance (including myself) made it clear that it was both parties and that Republicans have at times lost their core principles at times. But it is time to reclaim the founding ideals of the country and renew America’s promise to our future generations.
Either way … a full post is coming up later tonight … FYI: watch the Glenn Beck replay at 1:00 AM CT for SA Tea Party coverage from this afternoon! It has been a great day for true patriots and for Americans all over this country. And I am the only one I know that went to two tea parties in one day and in two different cities … awesome day!
Just confirmed from various sources (TV, Radio, Internet) that Glenn Beck himself will be coming to the San Antonio Tea Party at the Alamo in Downtown San Antonio. For more information go to www.sateaparty.info and get all the latest information as far as time and other information.
More information as soon as it is available