Here’s a statement on the Portage County Tea Party website:

TEA PARTY CONDEMNS REPLACEMENT OF SEITZ ON SENATE BILL 5 COMMITTEE

Kent, Ohio -  The Portage County TEA Party announced today that it condemns the move by Ohio Senate Republicans to replace Republican Senator Seitz with Republican Senator Hite to get Senate Bill 5 out of committee. After his replacement they then passed the bill out of committee by a 7-5 vote.  Tom Zawistowski, Executive Director of the Portage County TEA Party said “Speaking as the leader of the Portage County TEA Party, I want to say that we condemn this type of political maneuvering, just as we condemned the same type of political maneuvering that the Democrats used last year to pass the Health Care bill.  If they can not pass a bill based on it’s merits, by getting even their own members to vote for it, then their is something wrong with the bill in the first place.  Senator Seitz accused Senate leadership of doing exactly what the Democrats have been doing, which is passing bills before people have the chance to read them and understand them. For that he was removed from the committee. This is just plain wrong and the Portage County TEA Party condemns this type of behavior by our elected officials on both side of the isle and at all levels of government.” 

Zawistowski went on to say, “In our opinion, the Republican Senate leadership has mismanaged this process from the beginning. While we support the fact that changes had to be made in the relationship between the tax payers and government workers, we also believe that the entire process needed to be more transparent and more inclusive from the beginning.  .  .”

What’s really, really, really  interesting about this press release is that Zawistowski isn’t just any Tea Party activist.  He is known in the local media as a major supporter of Governor Kasich.  Shortly before the election, John Kasich and Mary Taylor made an unannounced appearance at Zawistowski’s Tea Party organization.

Not only that, but remember the first Statehouse pro-SB 5 protest organized by the Tea Party?  You know, the one Matt Mayer at the conservative “think tank” Buckeye Institute was promoting would demonstrate that the Tea Party is an equal counterweight to the pro-labor protestors against SB 5?  The one the Tea Party organizer suggested would bring in 8,000 people who would “surround the Statehouse, but instead turned out this crowd instead?

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(Image Source: Dave Harding @ ProgressOhio)

You know who organized all that statewide busing of Tea Party activists for that failed protest, but yesterday’s even smaller Tea Party protest in favor of SB 5?

Yep, Tom Zawistowski did all that.  The guy who has been behind every pro-SB 5 Tea Party event including yesterday’s parade of FAIL.

And yet, even Tom Zawistowski can’t hide his utter contempt at the shameless procedural tactics to keep SB 5 on parliamentary life support long enough to get it passed through the Senate yesterday.

What does that tell you?

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  • I can’t find a published voting record yet- where should I go?

  • Anonymous
  • Greg Soper

    Senator Niehaus will exercise this anytime he wants to. Everyone must be afraid. SB5 is an assault on public workers and the Senator will soon extend the attacks to the private sector.

  • so maybe Zaristowski is catching on?

  • Littleguy

    Don’t you think that he is just playing “cover my butt.” Anyone who organized protests to pass it couldn’t be to heartbroken. If he really thinks it was wrong, let’s see him demonstrate against it’s passage in the house.

  • Anonymous

    Apparently, I need that same lesson. What’s wrong with using the possessive “their”?

  • Grammar

    The first instance is correct (their own members). The second should be “there is something wrong with the bill…” There is no ownership in the second instance. No blame on you though (unless you retyped the quote from somewhere). If that’s the case I’ll let it slide since this website has been so incredibly helpful! 🙂

  • Grammar

    The first instance is correct (their own members). The second should be “there is something wrong with the bill…” There is no ownership in the second instance. No blame on you though (unless you retyped the quote from somewhere). If that’s the case I’ll let it slide since this website has been so incredibly helpful! 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Gotcha… Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    Gotcha… Thanks!

  • Good for him. But let’s be clear. Democrats Have NEVER done anything as despicable as what was done here. NEVER!

  • BTW, look for repeal of this sham bill to be on the ballot in November. This crap will not stand for long. See what staying at home on election day gets us. They are back to finish us off.

  • BTW, look for repeal of this sham bill to be on the ballot in November. This crap will not stand for long. See what staying at home on election day gets us. They are back to finish us off.

  • That mistake comes straight from the Tea Party site from which Modern took the quote. While we’re at it, the proper possessive pronoun is “its” not “it’s” as in “its merits” not “it’s merits”.

  • Greg Soper

    When talking about funding are you talking about the budget gap? What s your field of study? I need more information to help you.

  • Greg Soper

    When talking about funding are you talking about the budget gap? What s your field of study? I need more information to help you.

  • Anonymous

    No one mentions it because there’s no basis for comparison and this is one of the falsest of false equivalencies floating around. “Obamacare” was debated openly for over a YEAR, with Republicans given ample time both in Congress and in public to suggest changes, put forward their own plan (they didn’t), introduce amendments, and lie their asses off. At many stages, they were given more input than progressive Democrats. The final bill reflected more of what Republicans wanted than what progressive Democrats wanted; it was watered down over and over to please the right who made it clear in the end they wanted no reform and no help for anyone struggling to pay for health care. The right has no cause for complaint about whether they were heard, and whether they could have input, and anyone who says otherwise is lying or extremely ignorant. In fact, about the only people who had virtually no input into the actual process were those supporting single payer. I would gladly have the exact same process with SB 5 — but that would mean it doesn’t come up for a vote until next year.

  • Anonymous

    No one mentions it because there’s no basis for comparison and this is one of the falsest of false equivalencies floating around. “Obamacare” was debated openly for over a YEAR, with Republicans given ample time both in Congress and in public to suggest changes, put forward their own plan (they didn’t), introduce amendments, and lie their asses off. At many stages, they were given more input than progressive Democrats. The final bill reflected more of what Republicans wanted than what progressive Democrats wanted; it was watered down over and over to please the right who made it clear in the end they wanted no reform and no help for anyone struggling to pay for health care. The right has no cause for complaint about whether they were heard, and whether they could have input, and anyone who says otherwise is lying or extremely ignorant. In fact, about the only people who had virtually no input into the actual process were those supporting single payer. I would gladly have the exact same process with SB 5 — but that would mean it doesn’t come up for a vote until next year.

  • Anonymous

    A simple majority vote isn’t “nuclear” nice try. And bill did pass the Senate at the 60 vote margin. Progressive is not socialist, moron. Teddy Rooselvelt was a progressive, and he was no socialist. Drop the hate.

  • Anonymous

    A simple majority vote isn’t “nuclear” nice try. And bill did pass the Senate at the 60 vote margin. Progressive is not socialist, moron. Teddy Rooselvelt was a progressive, and he was no socialist. Drop the hate.

  • Anonymous

    You guys really need to stop drinking the Kool Aid on HCR. It passed MULTIPLE committees in both Houses (and they didn’t change the membership at the last minute to affect the outcome), got the 60 votes needed to invoke cloiture in the Senate, and then passed by majority vote the conference committee’s report pursuant to the rules and the Constitution. There’s not one, not a single challenge on how that bill passed or anything unusual about it. You just bought into the madeup hype from Glenn Beck and the rest of Faux Noise.

  • Make it Kasich’s Nightmare

    I know there has been flooding in parts of Ohio, but on both sides of the “isle?”

  • Make it Kasich’s Nightmare

    I know there has been flooding in parts of Ohio, but on both sides of the “isle?”

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