This Saturday, the Rocky Mountain Black Tea Party is throwing a political extravaganza.
While enjoying the company of conservative big-wigs Tom Tancredo and Ken Buck, the tea partiers will be vetting local Republican candidates.
The primary is coming up June 26, and there are a number of districts up for grabs.
According to the press release, every Republican in a local state race, as well as both candidates for the 5th Congressional District, were invited to speak at the upcoming event.
The list of who and won't be there:
Robert Blaha, U.S. House of Representatives - ACCEPTED
Owen Hill, Colorado State Senate - ACCEPTED
Marsha Looper, Colorado State House - ACCEPTED
Lois Landgraf, Colorado State House - ACCEPTED*
Albert Sweet, Colorado State House - ACCEPTED
Doug Lamborn, U.S. House of Representatives - DECLINED
Larry Liston, Colorado State Senate - DECLINED
Amy Stephens, Colorado State House - DECLINED
*Lois Landgraf accepted the original invitation but has a family emergency that prevents her attendance. She will be allowed a surrogate to speak on her behalf.
So only HD 20 will have both its candidates — Sweet and Landgraf — at the event. Hill is facing off with Liston in SD 10, and Looper with Stephens in HD 19, while Blaha is challenging Lamborn in the 5th CD.
From the press release:
The Rocky Mountain Black Tea Party (RMBTP) event takes place on Saturday, June 2nd at 6:00pm at Colorado Christian University, 1125 Kelly Johnson Blvd., Colorado Springs, 80920.
Each of the candidates will be allowed exactly 10 minutes to address the group. As was the case with last month's RMBTP County Commissioner Forum, the Soapbox will be handled by long time RMBTP friend, former U.S. Senate candidate & current Weld County District Attorney, Ken Buck. Each candidate will be allowed opening & closing statements. In between the two, Ken will ask the candidates questions, moderate questions from the audience, etc. This format gives us an excellent opportunity to hear from the candidates and allow them time to earn (or lose) constituent votes.
!!! BUT THAT'S NOT ALL !!!
Just to add a little spice to the evening, a couple of Colorado tea party heavyweights will jump into the fray with their own 10-minute soapbox pronouncements. Tom Tancredo will be joining the affair raising the heat like only he can. Then, just for good measure, once Ken Buck has finished his moderating duties, he will shift modes and deliver a soap box too!!