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Tea party should leave GOP

| Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Moderate Republicans and RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) complain that the tea party wing has hijacked the party. I know exactly how they feel and I have no sympathy for them.

For more than 20 years, moderate Republicans have controlled the party. They differ very little from the Democrats in ideology and voting. They are afraid to defend the fundamental values of their party.

Conservatives — the true Republicans — are given this advice: “Hold your nose and vote Republican. We hear you and we're changing. If you split the party vote, the Democrats win.”

I'm tired of holding my nose. I'm tired of waiting for the moderates to change. There are true conservative candidates in the party. I will vote only for them.

Moderates and RINOs need to hold their noses and vote for tea party candidates, supporting their party even if they don't agree.

I wish the tea party would break away from the Republican party. If they put up their own plank of true conservative candidates, I would vote for them.

The Grand Old Party is doomed. Maybe from its ashes, just like the Phoenix, the tea party will rise. That would be bad news for Democrats.

Kathleen Bollinger

Fawn Township

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