Congressman Ron Paul headed to Richmond for Tea Party
High profile libertarian Republican Dr. Ron Paul is headed to Richmond for the inaugural Virginia Tea Party Convention to be held in October.
Richmond Tea Party President, Jamie Radtke, made the announcement Monday afternoon on Doc Thompson’ afternoon radio show on WRVA. Radtke is also part of the leadership team of the Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation which is hosting the event at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.
Doc Thompson is an advocate of the Tea Party movement and active in the Richmond Tea Party emceeing the Tax Day Tea Party in April and fundraisers and other events.
Representative Paul is undoubtedly nation’s leading advocate for freedom in Washington, D.C. and works for the ideals of limited, constitutional government, low taxes, free markets and a return to sound monetary policies. Dr. Paul never votes for legislation unless the proposed measure is expressly authorized by the Constitution earning him the title ‘Dr. No.’
Despite often voting against his Republican colleagues over his years in Congress he is well respected on both sides of the aisle. His consistent voting record prompted one of his colleagues to say, “Ron Paul personifies the Founding Fathers’ ideal of the citizen-statesman. He makes it clear his principles will never be compromised, and they never are.” Another observed, “There are few people in public life who, through thick and thin, rain or shine, stick to their principles. Ron Paul is one of those few.”
Mrs. Radtke told the Richmond Republican Examiner late last week before Dr. Paul confirmed his attendance that organizers had invited a number of high-profile advocates of Tea Party principles and were hoping for a positive response.
The confirmation of Dr. Paul’s attendance is considered a major ‘coup’ and will undoubtedly draw even larger numbers to the inaugural Convention to be held October 8 and 9, 2010.
Mrs. Radtke said “Early Bird” tickets are available until the end of July with all information available on the website. Tickets were available up to the beginning of the Convention or until sold out.
Virginia Attorney General and Tea Party favorite, Ken Cuccinelli, is also confirmed for the event which includes a “Freedom Lovers Extravaganza” and policy break-out sessions. A Presidential Straw Poll will be conducted towards the end of the Convention. Dr. Paul won an earlier such poll at the CPAC Convention in Washington D.C. held in February shocking the Republican Party establishment. Dr. Paul has previously ran for President on the Libertarian Party’s ticket and in the Republican primaries for the 2008 Presidential election beaten out by eventual GOP nominee Senator John McCain.
Congressman Ron Paul’s Record includes:
- He has never voted to raise taxes.
- He has never voted for an unbalanced budget.
- He has never voted for a federal restriction on gun ownership.
- He has never voted to raise congressional pay.
- He has never taken a government-paid junket.
- He has never voted to increase the power of the executive branch.
- He voted against the Patriot Act.
- He voted against regulating the Internet.
- He voted against the Iraq war.
- He does not participate in the lucrative congressional pension program.
- He returns a portion of his annual congressional office budget to the U.S. treasury every year.