Entries in Tea Party Patriots (3)


Pat Boone and Sheriff Joe’s Arizona ‘Birther’ Party Scrapped

PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- The Greater Phoenix Tea Party Patriots group has pulled the plug on Pat Boone and Sheriff Joe Arpaio, canceling their Sept. 22 “Birther” bash at the city’s Celebrity Theatre “due to inadequate ticket sales.”

The venue’s website touts an “intimate atmosphere of this 2,650-seat theater in the round” with an “extremely rare revolving stage.”

Prices of entry ranged from $10, for tickets purchased in advance, to $25 if you wanted a “Meet and Greet” with the Maricopa County sheriff, who is pushing for a “Congressional investigation into the fraudulent documents produced by the [Obama] administration.”

The group’s website has posted a blog entry confirming the decision to nix the show.

“We apologize for any inconivienience [sic],” organizer Chris Rossiter wrote, promising that further probes into the validity of President Obama’s birth certificate “will be pursued in earnest.”

When contacted by ABC News, Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin said she had no idea that Arpaio, Boone, or Lt. Col. Terry Lakin, a doctor who spent five months in prison after he refused deployment to Afghanistan, were scheduled to headline the affiliate’s gathering.

“I didn’t know about it about until you told me 120 seconds ago,” Martin, who, along with Sarah Palin, was named to Time magazine’s 2010 “Most Influential” leaders list, told ABC News Tuesday. Tea Party Patriots Group leaders in Arizona did not respond to requests for comment.

It’s been an eventful summer for Arpaio, “America’s Toughest Sheriff.” On July 19, the same day he first appeared in court to face accusations he engaged in a systematic campaign of racial profiling, Arpaio convened a press conference in Phoenix, promising to unveil a big break in his “independent investigation” into the validity of the president’s birth certificate.

But supporters were to be disappointed. With no substantial revelations to report, he launched into a tirade against the White House.

“Show us the microfilm,” he said, dismissing the electronic birth certificate released last year by President Obama. "I said it a while back. Show us the microfilm and we’ll all go back home and forget this."

“We wanted to clear the President of the United States. That was my mission, but it hasn’t happened that way.”

Since then, the racial profiling suit has been dismissed and the feds have dropped a separate abuse-of-power investigation. But Arpaio still faces damaging charges that his office failed to pursue more than 400 sex crimes cases between 2004 and 2007.

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Tea Party Member Brings Gun to NYC Airport, Gets Arrested

Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Mark Meckler, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, was arrested at the Delta Airlines ticket counter at LaGuardia airport Thursday morning when he presented the ticket agent with a locked box containing a handgun and ammunition, the Queens District Attorney's office and Port Authority Police said.

Meckler, who was bound for Detroit, said that he had been in New York since Sunday, Dec. 11 and, while he did not have a New York permit, he carried the weapon with him as he receives "threats," the prosecutor's office said. The box contained a Glock 27 semi-automatic pistol and 19 rounds of nine millimeter ammunition.

According to the Port Authority, he was arrested shortly after 5:20 a.m. by police at the airport. Meckler is charged with a Class "C" Felony, which carries up to 15 years in prison. However, as he declared the gun and presented his other identification to the ticket agent he is not likely to face jail time, officials said.

"He had a misunderstanding of the law. He had a permit to carry in California," said Al Della Fave, a spokesman for the Port Authority Police. "They charged him with possession of a concealed weapon in the second degree."

Meckler was awaiting a court appearance Friday evening. Even under the law in New York you cannot legally carry ammunition in the same container as the weapon.

"Before leaving home, passengers should acquaint themselves with the weapon laws of the jurisdiction that they are visiting and comply with any and all legal requirements if they choose to travel with a weapon," District Attorney Dick Brown said. "Otherwise, they may find themselves being arrested and charged with a felony -- as is what occurred in this case."

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Tea Party To GOP: We’re Watching You

Photo Courtesy - Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- As Republicans celebrated their new power in Washington Wednesday, two prominent Tea Party activists walked the halls of Capitol Hill carrying a message: we’re keeping an eye on you.

Although many freshman lawmakers ran on a Tea Party platform -- and enjoyed Tea Party support -- Jenny Beth Martin and Mark Meckler, the co-founders of the national group Tea Party Patriots, aren’t taking anything for granted.

They wasted no time expressing their displeasure with Republican leaders who have been signaling they would not be able to follow through on their pledge to cut $100 billion from the federal budget this year.  They were also passing along the sentiment that the vast majority of their members across the country oppose raising the debt ceiling and support spending cuts.

"The piggy bank is empty," Meckler told ABC News Wednesday, and while he and Martin agreed that the government should not default on its loans, he said following through on the promise to significantly trim the budget was "about political will."

For their part, GOP leaders pushed back on the suggestion that they were breaking a promise on that score.  "There is no retreat from House Republicans’ pledge to cut spending," Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, chairman of the House Budget Committee, said in a statement Wednesday.

"To be clear, House Republicans will vote to cut their own budgets by five percent this week," Ryan added. "Next week, we will vote to cut trillions of dollars in government spending by repealing the President’s health care law.  In addition to these immediate steps, we will clean up the fiscal wreckage left by House Democrats, setting spending limits for the remainder of fiscal year 2011 at pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels for non-security discretionary spending."

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