Blimey, Ms. Radtke!
The bottom line: Bob Marshall and Bishop Jackson Score Solidly
Roanoke Tea Party is arguably the most active and respected tea party in Virginia, and its leaders seem to have a clear understanding of their role in the greater movement. (Meaning, the group as a whole refuses to become a campaign office for one particular candidate.)
The Roanoke Tea Party rates candidates for election using a two-tiered system: one for candidates that have held elective office and another for challengers.
Our membership is primarily interested in the candidates’ record in upholding the Constitution of the United States. We are also committed to fiscal responsibility and limited government, and expect elected officials to uphold their Oath of Office, which states:
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.
For candidates with a public voting record, we assign one of three ratings:
- Epic Fail: Violations so egregious as to have lost all public trust. They should be removed from office immediately.
- Failure with some hope of redemption: The Candidate has violated their Oath of Office, but generally supports Constitutional issues and fiscal responsibility. While violating their Oath of Office cannot be excused, there seems to be some hope they can redeem themselves by focusing on upholding the Constitution of the United States.
- Consistently Follows Oath: The incumbent is a rare person that has the courage to buck the trends in DC that consistently flaunt the Constitution of the United States. They consistently uphold their Oath of Office.
To find out how Allen, Jackson, Marshall and Radtke scored, go to the website