Tea Party members have stepped up their presence at the Alabama Legislature and say they are watching to see if the new Republican majority keeps its campaign promises. About 70 Tea Party members rallied on the State House steps shortly before the Legislature convened its 2011 session on March 1st. They announced the formation of Alabama Legislative Watchdogs.
Ms. Deanna Frankowski, the leader of the group, announced that Tea Party groups will have a daily presence in Montgomery to make sure legislators know they are being watched. Ms. Frankowski and other speakers at the rally criticized Gov. Robert Bentley and Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan for hiring their Democratic opponents. Ms. Frankowski said voters didn’t elect Republicans to do that, adding “if we wanted them in office, we would have elected them.” I really thought those hires set the tone for a bi-partisan approach to running state government and it seemed to be well received by most Alabamians.
Ms. Frankowski and other speakers at the rally made it clear that Tea Party members expect the GOP majority to crack down on illegal immigration, protect states’ rights and exempt Alabama from the federal health care plan. Sen. Scott Beason, R-Gardendale, spoke at the rally. He told the assembled group, “if we don’t do good things, we ought to be held accountable for that.” I predict that the Tea Party in Alabama will be “hard” to satisfy for their GOP buddies.
Source: Associated Press
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