What was the turning point that motivated me to become an active Tea Party participant?
My initial introduction into the political realm was in my early teens when I would drive with my dad to his office in Brooklyn, listening to Paul Harvey on the radio. Fast forward to Bush-Cheney 2004. I was working as a City employee, a rare Conservative and anxious to have a Republican victory, for oh so many reasons. I made one phone call to the Republican Party of Palm Beach and never looked back. My deep involvement with the Bush-Cheney campaign introduced me to a new world and I was hooked. In the summer of 2007, I was introduced to Congressman Allen West and became his North County Volunteer Coordinator, adding another dimension to my new world. My experiences with the 2004 and 2008 Presidential campaigns, as well as my involvement in the 2008 & 2010 Congressional campaigns, managing the West Palm Beach GOP Action Headquarters, and my job with the Palm Beach Republican Club, further built upon my conservative foundation and strengthened my views. I attended one of the first Tea Party meetings in Palm Beach Gardens, volunteered for the first April 15th Tax Rally and knew I wanted to be as active as I could be with this like minded group of individuals.
Perhaps my “turning point” was more a culmination of the fondest memories of the glorious victory in 2004 & 2010; the hard work, the blood, sweat and tears and the ultimate adrenaline rush waiting for the results. It was more than the victory (though that was exhilarating), it was the cause, the working relationships, the friendships formed, the thrill of the unpredictable and calculated madness of political campaigns – the entire life experience. The Tea Party has provided me the avenue to develop and utilize my ambitions and personal expertise to help insure every American has the opportunity to experience the benefits of free enterprise, smaller government and fiscal responsibility.