I was pleased to have Jamie Radtke on my show again today so you could hear directly from her about what has led to the events of the last few days involving attacks on her by Erick Erickson and RedState. I have decided to make the interview a public podcast so it can be as clear as possible that we are now seeing what tactic the Establishment will use against Tea Party candidates, using their staff tools embedded in the ‘conservative’ blogosphere. For my original interview with Jamie earlier this month, please click here.
Riehl World View: The Radtke vs. Erickson Time-Line
The Other McCain: Radtke, Red State and Riehl
For background, here is Jamie’s complete statement. As with Sarah Palin, I support every Tea Party patriot to stand up for themselves and reject the continued efforts by the establishment to demonize the Tea Party in general and personally destroy candidates specifically. I think listening to this Tea Party patriot will explain why the Establishment has suddenly become so afraid of her.
Erick Erickson Owes Jamie Radtke And the Tea Party an Apology
Yesterday, on the front page of Redstate.com, Erick Erickson lashed out and wrote a blog smearing Jamie Radtke with completely false attacks by publishing libelous pejoratives in hopes of damaging her reputation.
Erickson wrote his column in response to a report on another blog that he had told Radtke, “My bosses are HUGE [George] Allen friends, not just fans. They are socially connected. So I’m having to tread carefully in this.”
Erickson, after confirming that he had made the statement, wrote a vicious blog that defamed Jamie’s character.
“Erick’s blog goes beyond the pale,” Radtke stated. “He crossed the line by publishing complete falsehoods. Now, it is his responsibility to admit he did wrong, set the record straight and apologize – and that is what I am asking Erick to do.
“This kind of scurrilous behavior and treatment has been repeatedly carried out on tea party leaders and conservative candidates who dare challenge the good ‘ole boy Washington Establishment. This attempt by the Washington Establishment to destroy the tea party and their candidates must stop. Enough is enough.
“What is most important is that we focus our attention on beating a President and his liberal Democrat friends who want to fundamentally change America. I encourage the tea party to stay determined and committed to fight back against the negative narrative on us and let’s defeat Obama and his liberal cohorts.”
Carter Wrenn, chief strategist for Radtke’s campaign, stated that a formal letter from legal counsel had been sent to Erickson demanding a retraction. “To put it as bluntly as possible,” Wrenn said, “Erick Erickson made an untrue and malicious attack on Jamie Radtke yesterday and repeated it again today. He should retract his statement, admit it is untrue and apologize for his mistake.”
A copy of the campaign’s letter to Erickson demanding an apology and retraction can be viewed here.
Jamie Radtke for U.S. Senate!
As a leader of the Tea Party insurgency, Jamie Radtke was credited by the Wall Street Journal with helping make the Virginia Tea Party Patriot Federation one of the most advanced in the nation.
Jamie Radtke is a champion of the Founders’ vision of individual rights, constitutional adherence, limited government, fiscal restraint, free markets, and virtue and accountability.
As Senator, Jamie Radtke will fight to: freeze the federal debt ceiling, cut trillions (not billions) in spending, eliminate government subsidies, reform entitlements, create a fairer & flatter tax to grow jobs, enact energy independence policies that bring down gas prices, protect the intrinsic right to life, uphold the traditional family, and end illegal immigration.