Roraback trying to “distance” himself from the Tea Party
Tea Party activist Bob MacGuffie issued a press release Thursday saying that Republican 5th District candidate Andrew Roraback “disparaged” and “walked away” from his party base when he attempted to get television stations to remove an ad linking him to prominent Washington Tea Party Republicans.
“If you won’t fight for the solid principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility and free-market economics, just what are you doing in the Republican Party?” MacGuffie said in the release. “These principles aren’t qualifications; they’re prerequisites. In other words they’re the founding principles of the Republican Party and the ones on which the candidates are supposed to run. It’s clear you’re neither guided by conservative Republican principles, nor aligned with any of its major constituency blocks.”
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released a television ad earlier this month linking Roraback to the likes of Paul Ryan, Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin, and suggesting that Roraback is in favor of Ryan’s budget proposal.
Roraback responded with a letter demanding that television stations remove the ad on the grounds that it was defamatory and contained false information.
MacGuffie, who runs the Tea Party-related organization Right Principles, said in the release that Roraback had shot himself in the foot by “walking out on” conservative Republicans.
“So Andy, reach out, close your eyes and take a few steps,” MacGuffie said. “Somewhere out there are Democrats, Liberals, Libertarians and others to whom you can pander and appease in a futile and desperate search for a constituency. Perhaps your outreach will touch one of them and you’ll find someone to whom you are relevant and with whom you can align … because it’s certainly not the conservative grassroots base: You just walked out on us.”