ST. LOUIS, MO.(KMOX) — Not everyone is happy with the Sarah Steelman endorsement. The Missouri Conservative Coalition and the Missouri Conservatives Network are not focused on the Steelman as a candidate but on the group that endorsed her Thursday.
Todd Isaac Skelton, is a board member of the Missouri Conservative Coalition and member of “Lebanon Missouri Tea Party.” He says his group was stunned when they learned the California-based Tea Party Express was coming here to endorse someone. “We encourage all Missouri Tea Party groups to speak for themselves.” Skelton says the Coalition group does not endorse individual candidates. “We stand together for common issues: smaller government, free enterprise, lower taxes, individual liberties and responsibilities.”
Brenda Webb with “I Heard the People Say” and the Missouri Conservatives Network feels the same way. “We object to any outside group coming in and speaking for the grassroots Tea Party.” Webb says the endorsement Steelman as a candidate for the Republican U.S. Senate race does not represent the consensus of Tea Party groups and conservative grassroots organizations that exist in Missouri.
Webb says the Missouri Conservative Network, a group of 17 Tea Party groups from around the state, will likely not endorse anyone in the U.S. Senate race before the primary or after the primary. She says it would be up to each individual group what they decide to do.
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