Hoosiers for Conservative Senate (HFCS) have finalized plans for Indiana’s first “TEA Party Convention” on September 24, 2011 at the H.J. Ricks Centre for the Arts in downtown Greenfield, announced HFCS Co-Chairs Monica Boyer and Greg Fettig today. The convention will kick off at 10 a.m., and will feature a straw poll on the 2012 GOP Primary race for the US Senate seat from Indiana. HFCS district representatives will issue an endorsement that day, in the Senate race, based on the results from the straw poll.
“TEA party leaders gave us a mandate in January,” said Boyer, “to create the mechanism, or process, where the TEA party groups in Indiana can meet, after vetting the candidates in the primary race for US Senator. We are so excited about this historical day as we watch TEA partyers link arms to elect a conservative senator.” Boyer explained that leaders of Indiana’s TEA and Liberty groups will meet in a convention style format and participate in a Straw Poll after which the HFCS District Representatives will officially endorse the candidate based on the results of the straw poll.
“Never before has the TEA Party anywhere in the nation worked in such a coordinated and cooperative effort on a singular task in the name of restoring constitutional conservatism and a heartland common sense in Washington” said Greg Fettig.
“Groups across Indiana have worked hard this summer educating Hoosiers about each candidate,” says Boyer. “The Indiana Tea Party Convention will be the final mechanism where the TEA partyers in Indiana line up for the candidate they’ve chosen to support. The Indiana TEA Party Convention will be the capstone of these groups’ efforts throughout the past year. We anticipate that leaders from TEA party and other liberty groups across Indiana will attend to help kick off the fall campaign season for the candidate that the TEA groups in Indiana have chosen.” Boyer stated that both candidates have been invited to participate in a vetting questionnaire process, and Richard Mourdock has enthusiastically agreed to participate in the process, but that Senator Richard Lugar has not responded to the invitation.
The HJ Ricks Centre for the Arts is a former 1946 Art Deco/Art Modern style movie house, situated in Greenfield Indiana near the intersection of US 40 and IN State Road 9. A statewide rally will follow immediately after the Convention at the Hancock County Courthouse lawn. The public is invited to attend the rally and hear the Tea Party’s candidate of choice. A Press Conference will be held just before the Rally.