If you followed the recent special election for the LA 5th Congressional District you probably read and heard in the state and national paid media that Neil Riser had the endorsement of “The TEA Party of Louisiana.”
If you are as naive as I am, you probably took that to mean that an “umbrella” group of the various TEA Party chapters in LA had come together behind Riser.
Then I began hearing members of local TEA Parties say that Riser had refused to come to various meetings of the groups in the 5th District. Riser’s opponent, now Congressman-Elect Vance McAllister did attend the meeting and had their support.
One day a fellow contacted me claiming to be a member of the TEA Party who was upset that he was getting calls from “The TEA Party of Louisiana” supporting Riser. He said if they didn’t stop calling he was going to quit the TEA Party because he supported McAllister.
Because I was confused, I called my friend and statewide radio talk show host Moon Griffon. Moon knows people in low places who know people who know people who sometimes have reliable information.
Apparently there is no such “umbrella” group. There are quite a few TEA Party chapters or groups around the state that are completely independent of each other. In the case of the 5th District there was no joint endorsement in the 5th Congressional District.
I did a Google search for “The TEA Party of Louisiana.” I turned up a “TEA Party of Louisiana.” It even has a website (here) where they endorsed Neil Riser for the 5th Congressional District.
The website accepts donations via the Internet, but provides no physical location, mailing address or names of the officers.
Next, I checked with the LA Secretary of State’s Website to get more information on the group. There was no “TEA Party of Louisiana” registered.
The closest name I could find was “LOUISIANA TEA PARTY, L.L.C” in Baton Rouge. The mailing address is: C/O CECIL CAVANAUGH, 10165 GRANDEUR, BATON ROUGE, LA 70815
However, this group is listed as “Inactive” by “Action by Secretary of State.”
Who endorsed Riser?
This leaves me with the questions of, other than a website, what or who is the “TEA Party of Louisiana” that endorsed Neil Riser? Who paid for the calls or other activities on Riser’s behalf in the 5th District?
Since the media wrote about the TEA Party of Louisiana endorsing Riser and have subsequently opined about the beating it took on Saturday, perhaps they can help me with the answers.
Could it be that the media was taken in by some old-fashioned, Louisiana-style, dirty rotten politics?
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