Guest Post by Ebbtide
Regarding this upcoming September 3 event. Does it strike anyone else as odd that this is an event sponsored by a shiny new group that has just recently sprung up? Or that the group has already cancelled a previously planned event? Or that, within a month of the September 3 event, they have totally changed the venue—not across the street or down the block, but to another town more than 30 miles away? And, if they’ve only had 200 or so responses, why did they move it?
Who is paying for this event, which is supposedly offering free admission? Did the original venue not charge them some kind of deposit that they have had to forfeit? Did the new venue charge a deposit? Did they have to get permits? Or arrange security?
When you change venues, you have to do a lot of prep work—traffic flow, vendor space, sound system, staging, etc. It takes a lot of time and work. One of my clients just did a simple ribbon-cutting event, and it involved about two months of prep and organization. Who is coordinating this upcoming gala?
Has there been any gnashing of teeth or concern among the sycophants who had already booked their hotels in Waukee and planned their adjunct events?
Something about this event seems very fishy.
1. A while ago, before the Disquis nightmare, someone suggested I check further into Teaparty of America, the group that’s sponsoring the 9/3 shindig in
Here’s what I’ve found so far (jump in with more at any time)
There are four names on the website:
Susan Geddes—Event coordinator
Let's start with Ken Crow.
He is the registrant of the site. Four months ago on
he said website was still under construction—and would be up in 30-45 days. He also said: “We are not only going to endorse the members recommendation for that seat in Congress, we are going one step or two steps further. We are going to assist with funding of the campaign, put boots on the ground, provide that candidate with all media ( television ads, radio and news print ) and we are going to rally for that candidate. Thus making that candidate virtually unbeatable.”
Sounds like an ambitious undertaking.
According to whois
Created On:02-Apr-2011 23:00:36 UTC
Last Updated On:16-Aug-2011 21:34:23 UTC
Expiration Date:02-Apr-2012 23:00:36 UTC
Sponsoring Registrar:GoDaddy.com, Inc. (R91-LROR)
Status:CLIENT DELETE PROHIBITED
Status:CLIENT RENEW PROHIBITED
Status:CLIENT TRANSFER PROHIBITED
Status:CLIENT UPDATE PROHIBITED
Registrant Name:Ken Crow
2. More on Teaparty of
Charlie was the founder of the Des Moines Tea Party, and, until around July 4, he was HERMAN CAIN’s
“Charlie Gruschow, former leader of the Des Moines Tea Party, resigned from the campaign on Sunday “to pursue other interests.” Gruschow had been an early supporter and activist for Cain having been with him since last year even though he was only on the payroll since May.
“Gruschow was a direct line for Cain into the grassroots tea party base in the first-caucus state. He was the candidate’s first
“Gruschow attributed his resignation to being “disappointed in some of the decisions that were made and some of the comments that were made by others,” and a campaign that had become “just too messy.” But Gruschow said he had no plans to sign on with another presidential campaign, despite severing his ties.”
So, while Charlie was working for Cain, he was co-founding Teaparty of America, which now seems quite smitten with you-know-who.
“Charlie Gruschow, a co-founder of the Tea Party of America and one of the state’s most recognized Tea Party leaders is excited that Governor Palin is attending the event. “It’s huge, I don’t have any other way to describe it,” Gruschow told
TheIowaRepublican.com. “We were looking for someone who is respected and admired by Tea Party activists, and Governor Palin has shown a willingness to stand for the issues and principles that the Tea Party was founded on.”
How quickly they revise their thinking.
3. Number three on the Teaparty of
Geddes has a political consultant business, and is a home-schooling advocate. She was a big name in Huckabee’s 2008
But what a fickle supporter.
As of April 26, she was backing businessman Herman Cain for president. “I decided several months ago that our country could not afford another career politician,” Geddes said.
Then, on August 2, Susan Geddes, announced this am as Tim Pawlenty's
And now, as Teaparty of America Event Coordinator, Susan Geddes told ABC News that despite the organization only being a few months old, she found it easy to get Palin to sign on to the September event.
Quite the little gadfly, our Susan.
Next up—Harlan Colt
4. The fourth horseman of Teaparty of
So, to recap Teaparty of America—one of the co-founders was already a big Teaparty name in