The Herald Bulletin

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Opinion

January 14, 2014

Letter: Follower explains tea party values

Reading the Jan. 9 Herald Bulletin, I want to clear up what seems to be a prevailing picture of the "tea party."

I speak as a follower, not a leader, of the Madison County Tea Party.

This election, as in all elections, I think I share the mindset and values of the tea party. Using a political expression "let me be very clear about this."

I seek politicians expressing small, conservative constitutional government; his or her political party affiliation carries the least importance, and having attended 95 percent of Madison County Tea Party meetings, I know this is a shared belief and is the reason I continue to be a "tea party follower." Believers feeling the two most important books in print are the Holy Bible and the Constitution of the United States.

I worked hard to help elect Larry Davis, Kelly Gaskill, David McCartney, Rick Gardner, Angela Shelton and Robert Cummins and if they seek re-election I will be proud to repeat the effort. I did and do so not because they are Republicans but because I believe they share my political values.

Values that are "right of center" as per our Founding Fathers.

As for the sheriff's race, being they enforce and not write the law, I think the county cannot lose; right now, two are scheduled to speak at a tea party meeting and two have already spoken.

Danny Hayes

Alexandria

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