As a new governor and group of legislators get down to business, they will be closely watched by a group that helped them get elected: The Tea Parties.
That is Tea Parties, plural, in South Carolina, because every group is a bit different, and they choose to be decentralized. Joe Dugan is a leader of the Myrtle Beach Tea Party.
We’re keeping lists. We’re forming legislative watch committees and legislative action committees. The Tea Party has been invigorated by this election. And we’re just beginning. The election was not the end of the Tea Party–it’s the beginning. I’ve been in touch with people across the state, and we’re not going to sit idly by and see our country taken away from us.
Tea Parties across the state are calling for the repeal of the health care laws.
One issue that rallied the state’s Tea Parties was a bill in the Statehouse requiring roll call votes. Those measures have moved forward in the first days of the session.
Dugan says he expects the new leaders to stay committed to their conservative promises.
Joe Dugan is the chairman of the board of the Myrtle Beach Tea Party.