Bachmann Adds to S.C. Tea Party Support
Rep. Michele Bachmann's "coalition" of Tea Party supporters has grown to more than 50.
Rep. Michele Bachmann has grown her South Carolina Tea Party Coalition to more than 50 members.
Bachmann, struggling to regain her strong place in the polls from the late summer, announced today 19 new members, including three regional chairmen.
Steve Rapchick from Mount Pleasant will serve as the Lowcountry chairman, former Perry supporter Preston Baines from Columbia will serve as the Midlands chairman, and Jonathon Hill from Anderson will serve as the Upstate chairman.
They join state chairmen Kelly Payne and Javan Browder and 35 other coalition members announced last month.
“I once was a strong Perry supporter. Now, as we move closer to the election, I see that Michele Bachmann’s consistent conservative record is what our country needs. We don’t need more Washington-insiders or pretend conservatives like Newt Gingrich,” said Baines of Columbia in a release.
“We want a leader who has not flip-flopped on the most important issues facing our nation. South Carolinians are not swayed by the political winds and we demand a leader who has been a consistent constitutional conservative. Michele Bachmann is that leader,” Steve Rapchick, Leader of the Mount Pleasant 912 Project said in the release.
The effort comes on the heels of a new NBC-Marist poll that shows former House Speaker Newt Gingrich supported by 51 percent of those who identify themselves with the Tea Party. Former Gov. Mitt Romney took 20 percent of the Tea Party support. Bachmann and Perry both received 7 percent.
With fewer than 40 days before the election, it's possible the only way to change the two-person race would be erode Gingrich support among Tea Partiers and either Bachmann or Perry to collect support from Gingrich, former Cain supporters, former Gov. Jon Huntsman, for Sen. Rick Santorum and each other.
The 19 new members of Bachmann’s S.C. Tea Party Coalition:
Steve Rapchick, Mount Pleasant
Preston Baines, Columbia
Jonathon Hill, Anderson
Jeff Diemier, Mount Pleasant
Robert Fry, James Island
Lynda Fry, James Island
Jim Hargett, Greenville
Rick Moesser, Fountain Inn
Scott Napier, Greer
Virginia Jelley, Taylors
Harold Blitch, Charleston
Gerald Addison, Berkeley
Linda Addison, Berkeley
Raye Chapman, Daniel Island
Tom Russo, Jr., Bluffton
Bob Mcewen, Savannah (former Cain supporter)
Austin Jones, Greenville (former Cain supporter)
Shelia Morgan, Hilton Head
Tom Morgan, Hilton Head