It’s been very interesting to read the dozens of articles in the Media this week proclaiming the “Death of the Tea Party.” In some ways there is a bit of truth to this in that the Tea Party will never again be what it was 3 years ago, simply because it has evolved far past the rally and protest stage and has moved directly into the reality of volunteering and electioneering.
In order to better accommodate this change of direction, the Tucson Tea Party is announcing a change of leadership. Jennifer and I will be stepping down and passing the baton to Ralph Kayser. Nobody has knocked more doors, made more calls, stuffed more envelopes or helped TTP more in the past three years than Ralph. Coming down the home stretch, his skillset and organizational abilities will be valuable for the work that will need to be done. We are very excited for this change and know that Ralph will make the right decisions to move the organization forward.
Over the past three years I have heard from many that they would like an opportunity to do more. Now is the time to step up. We have worked with Ralph in setting up some key events coming up in the next few weeks that should once again establish the Tucson Tea Party as a force to be reckoned with. It has been fun to watch Ralph take up the challenge and excel. Don’t let him do this alone. Contact him (firstname.lastname@example.org) and get involved. You will be very happy with what he has in the works. He will be contacting everyone soon with the Tucson Tea Party’s immediate plans.
That being said, Jennifer and I sincerely want to express our appreciation and love for each and every one of you. You have changed our lives and given us hope for the future of our children and this country. You have given us encouragement, looked past our mistakes, supported us when others deserted, and made this group one of the best Tea Party organizations in the entire country. We have grown and overcome much, developed leadership, and watched our members stand up individually and make a difference. Just a few short years ago, Pima County conservatives did not have the ability to run more than a handful of campaigns. Now we can run dozens over a variety of offices. We have won elections we had no business winning and have had heart-breakers in others.
We are proving to many who have never been exposed to the ideals of the Tea Party, that things can be done differently.
As for the future for Jennifer and I, we plan to help do whatever we can to push the conservative movement forward in Southern Arizona, spend a little more family time, and build up our personal business which has taken a side track to the Tea Party the last few years. Jennifer is also authoring a childrens book set to come out in March of 2012, she would love it if you go check it out.
Here’s to Nothing Less Than Victory in 2012,
Trent and Jennifer Humphries