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Posted at 4:05 PM ET, 12/28/2010

Va. tea party leader files papers to run for U.S. Senate

By Anita Kumar
Anita Kumar

Jamie Radtke, chairwoman of the Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation, is running for U.S. Senate as a Republican in 2012.

Radtke, who did not seek a second term as tea party leader this month, mailed in the papers Dec. 23 after talking to family and friends and raising money.

She had considered running for state Senate but switched to U.S. Senate after Virginia's first tea party convention, which drew an estimated 2,800 people to Richmond in October. She said she worries that her children will suffer from a ballooning national debt and criticized Congress for its recent deal on President Bush's tax cuts.

"I am the mother of three young children, and my first priority is both to protect them today and protect their future,'' she said in a statement. "I truly worry about what the next five years holds for our children and the nation, given this climate of reckless and immoral spending. Someone must step into the gap so that our children and America are not crushed in the coming years under the weight of insurmountable debt and debilitating taxes."

Former senator George Allen is also expected to announce that he is running for election soon for the seat held by Democrat Jim Webb. (Webb has yet to say if he is running for reelection.) But as we reported Monday, some Republicans, including Radtke, oppose him because they say they consider him too moderate and part of the establishment.

At least three others are interested in running: Corey A. Stewart, chairman of the Prince William County board of supervisors; Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William); and Bert Mizusawa, a businessman and lawyer who ran against Rigell.

We heard that former congressman Tom Davis was considering a run, but he recently told ABC News that his political career may be behind him. "I think my political days are probably over,'' he said. "It's nice to have left Congress undefeated and unindicted. You like to keep it that way."

By Anita Kumar  | December 28, 2010; 4:05 PM ET
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Comments

Would like to see Tom Davis run for this Senate seat. That way, VA could be represented by two highly effective Senators.

Posted by: almelbe | December 28, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Didn't Jamie Radtke work for that racist Republican Senator Jesse Helms from North Carolina, during the 1990's, which is something that you, Ms. Anita Kumar forget to mention in your little write up?

No worries though.

I will help you to fill in the blanks when you miss significant things like this.

Between, Radtke, Allen, and Corey Stewart, the VA GOP will be running a tight race on which one can be the most racist from the inside of course and not so much externally.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | December 28, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Just another "anti government nut case" that wants a job in the government.Sorry lady, you have a disturbing past, and by 2012, America will have had enough of you tea bag nut cases.

Posted by: COWENS99 | December 28, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

If I were Jim Webb, I'd love to run against someone from the lunatic fringe. So, I hope she wins because George Allen might actually be able to beat Webb, but she can't.

Posted by: kinsman_bob | December 28, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Nice. Make my day.

Posted by: kevincostello | December 28, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Why do dogs lick themselves... because they can.

Posted by: WmLaney | December 28, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Radtke who? Puhlez... Cuccinelli for US Senate in 2012.

Posted by: AlbyVA | December 28, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

From the comments of these WaPo readers, I surmise worrying about our children and this countries future are bad things. Gimme,Gimme,Gimme,Gimme!

Posted by: liverkit | December 28, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Liverkit, the "bad things" are being illiterate and trying to go from a grass roots organization to the Senate in one leap. This Radtke woman doesn't have a chance (or a clue). Notice she did not say what she is proposing as a fix, just what she opposes. Being against something is easy. Solving the problems is the challenge. Can she meet the challenge? Who knows? She certainly has not demonstrated any ability.

Posted by: Whazzis | December 28, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Well as Goethe said “It is easier to perceive error than to find truth, for the former lies on the surface and is easily seen, while the latter lies in the depth, where few are willing to search for it.” I'd like to see who she is and what she has to say before passing judgment.

Posted by: liverkit | December 28, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

I welcome our semi-literate overlords. Plus: slashing debt while cutting taxes! Who knew I could have my cake and eat it too?

It's unfortunate to see the seep of platitudes-as-policy politics into Virginia, but if it's going to be from such a pettily egotistical lightweight, I think the sober faction of the Virginia electorate stands a good chance of retaining the Senate seat for (highly centrist) Sen. Webb in 2012.

Posted by: Akger117 | December 28, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Agree. Virginia especially NoVa living off the largesse of The Capital(See Hunger Games) will do nothing to upset the Status Quo.

Posted by: liverkit | December 28, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

The tea party is such a wonderful bunch... Yes, let's cut spending- where do we start???

Social Security??? SURE!
Medicare/Medicaid???? SURE!!
National Defense??? SURE!!!
Homeland Security???? SURE!!!
Unemployment Benefits??? SURE!!!
Aid to Dependent Mothers and Children??? SURE!
Education???? SURE!!!

Maybe we can cut taxes for more millionaires.....

Ambrose Pierce said about 120 years ago that no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American Public....

P.S. Please don't call them teabaggers... that is a porno term for scrotum...... oh, OK, call them teabaggers.

Posted by: lumerm | December 28, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

I believe the quote is "no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public," and it was said by H. L. Mencken about 1920.

Posted by: lowercaselarry | December 28, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

I believe the quote is "no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public," and it was said by H. L. Mencken about 1920.

Posted by: lowercaselarry | December 28, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

I believe the quote is "no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public," and it was said by H. L. Mencken about 1920.

Posted by: lowercaselarry | December 28, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

"Liverkit, the "bad things" are being illiterate and trying to go from a grass roots organization to the Senate in one leap. This Radtke woman doesn't have a chance (or a clue). Notice she did not say what she is proposing as a fix, just what she opposes. Being against something is easy. Solving the problems is the challenge. Can she meet the challenge? Who knows? She certainly has not demonstrated any ability."

If you voted for Obama in 2008, then you, with that decision, completely undercut your credibility to assail anyone for pursuing a job beyond their level of professional and leadership experience.

Posted by: SCOTSGUARDS | December 28, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Another nut job that thinks she's going to go to Washington and single-handidly stop all that's wrong with this country. Good luck with that.

Posted by: reader011 | December 29, 2010 12:55 AM | Report abuse

"Meet the Flintstones... Fred and Wilma... Just a modern stone-age family..."
God, I love these people. :0)

Posted by: pocodot | December 29, 2010 2:01 AM | Report abuse

Agree. Virginia especially NoVa living off the largesse of The Capital(See Hunger Games) will do nothing to upset the Status Quo.

Posted by: liverkit

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Technically you could throw Norfolk and Hampton Roads into the mix too based on their reliance on federal funding.

Of course, with perhaps 70-75 percent of the state's tax revenue and economic activity coming from those two regions alone you could pretty much say the same thing about Virginia as a whole.

NoVA gives back a lot more to the state than it takes back in return -- same is true with Hampton Road.

Never mind all that though.

The original Tea Party had nothing to do with representation, it was just about taxes. Or something like that. And the earth is 10,000 years old too.

Posted by: JPRS | December 29, 2010 3:54 AM | Report abuse

Has the so called TP ever considered that an economy would be nice to pass along to our kids? Not the economy we built in China during the last 30 years of supply side (Voodoo) economics

Posted by: tigman_2 | December 29, 2010 6:09 AM | Report abuse

Anyone who runs for office, representing Virginia, and claims their first priority is to protect the rights of their children today and in the future, must have a spine and work diligently to expel illegal aliens and their illegitimate anchor babies - not to be confused with wasted time, resources and tax dollars for deportation proceedings.

Warner and Webb both voted FOR every piece of legislation introduced that protects and subsidizes illegal aliens, and AGAINST every piece of legislation that protects citizens.

Both have been instrumental in supporting legislation that diverts billions of tax dollars to programs that subsidize illegal aliens and their illegitimate anchor babies.

Both have been instrumental in supporting corrupt businesses that hire illegal aliens at depressed wages with no benefits, and then passing along those costs to citizens ... in addition to all the other legislated subsidies received.

A Congressional representative who truly cares about American citizens / voters [current and future] will enact legislation that mandates e-verify in the work place [down to the contractor level] and in every government office that provides tax funded benefits and services of any kind.

A Congressional representative who truly cares about American citizens / voters [current and future] will reinstate and enforce IRS No Match letters to ensure businesses hire legally authorized workers or go out of business, and no government clerk approves tax funded benefits and services to anyone who is not legally entitled.

Any Congressional representative who refuses to protect the rights of American citizens / voters [current and future\] is NOT a representative of the people. They are spineless wonders whose only purpose is self-serving at the expense of the tax payers. Meanwhile, legal residents can expect to pay higher taxes for fewer services while our schools continue to take a nose dive and corrupt businesses laugh all the way to the bank.

Such is the legacy of Webb and Warner. Does Virginia really need to further the cause of the spineless wonders?

Posted by: asmith1 | December 29, 2010 6:28 AM | Report abuse

asmith1: God, you're good! But, you just opened the tip of the iceberg. There are soooo many negatives to Webb that I could write a full book about. I'll start with his personality: he's an arrogant opportunist. I loved it when he wore combat boots during his campaign. Weren't you impressed?

As to his voting record, I'd give him an F. Even on the last GI Bill. I had to fork over 5K to my on-in-law who was caught by the funding fiasco the Jimmie-boy created. As to the massive give away of taxpayer funds on the bill: I'm a vet who benefitted from The Mont. GI Bill. This latest atrocity is a massive distro of wealth. Webb's son benefitted directly from this lastest Bill. If that isn't conflict-of-interest, then my name's not Maxine Waters. HMMMM?

Posted by: sdansker2002 | December 29, 2010 7:08 AM | Report abuse

The next US Senate election is more than a year away. Why is she announcing her intentions this early?

I know why---The sooner she announces, the sooner she can start collecting donations....."To protect her children's future, of course"
Actually, the best way this Mommy can protect her children is to be at home with them. If she gets the Senate job, she'd be gone quite a bit of the time. Who'd be 'protecting' the little kiddies then?

I'd love for just one political office candidate to come out and tell us the truth of why they want a political office job: They want money. They want self-perceived power. They need an ego-boost which they believe only that job can give them. They want people to 'adore' and 'worship' them wherever they are, no matter what they do. It's not about what they can do for the country, it's about what the country should do for them. Once they get the job, they're going to sell off their country, their state, etc. for as much campaign donation money as people and businesses are willing to give them.

Posted by: momof20yo | December 29, 2010 7:23 AM | Report abuse

Jamie Radtkeis just the first of many to show up for this 2012 GOP freak show.

Posted by: waxtraxs | December 29, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Teabaggers make me want to cry because of their stupidity.

Posted by: truth1 | December 29, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

The questiion for today.

Why do the Liberals fear the Tea Party as much as they do?

Posted by: corebanks1940 | December 29, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

""and Bert Mizusawa, a businessman and lawyer who ran against Rigell.""

Who the heck is Rigell??

Terrible copy editing.

Posted by: coumaris | December 29, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

corebanks1940 wrote:

The questiion for today.

Why do the Liberals fear the Tea Party as much as they do?
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I love tea, but the nuts in the tea party give me indigestion and make me feel nauseated.

Posted by: waxtraxs | December 29, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

To corebanks1940, we do not fear the Tea Baggers, just muse at their seemingly collective ignorance, lack of empathy for others who disagree with their positions, and gernal disdain for any position that is not ultra right wing.

Posted by: fairness3 | December 29, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Virginia can use a Senator who trained under Jesse Helms, Radtke will fit in with McDonnell, Cuccinnelli, Pat Robertson and various and sundry other racists, homophobics, misogynists and religious hucksters.

The race for the 1950s is under way.

Posted by: daniel3715 | December 29, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

amie Radtke, chairwoman of the Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation, is running for U.S. Senate as a Republican in 2012.

............ ARMED BEARS WILL HANDLE THIS .

CORRUPTION USES THE tEA pARTY AS A SAFE hAVEN ....

tEA pARTY SHOULD NOT PUT UP WITH THIS.


Posted by: John_Chas_Webb | December 29, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

How will Virginia Republicans pick their candidate? In 2008, for example, Tom Davis knew that he couldn't win a convention vote against former Governor Jim Gilmore (who went down big to Sen. Mark Warner). However, with his strength and machine in NoVa, Davis may have beaten Gilmore in a primary. In 2012, it would seem as if George Allen would be favored in a convention (because of his connections to the local operatives), whereas Radtke may be able to do better in a primary.

Posted by: ValleyForge62 | December 29, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: John_Chas_Webb | December 29, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OktvD3r2FBY


PHROSPHEZIE. ANAL.LIES. PHILOS.OFIZE

............. THEN TELL SOMEONE @ wASH.pOST

Posted by: John_Chas_Webb | December 29, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OktvD3r2FBY


PHROSPHEZIE. ANAL.LIES. PHILOS.OFIZE

............. THEN TELL SOMEONE @ wASH.pOST

POST IT.COMMENTS

Posted by: John_Chas_Webb | December 29, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OktvD3r2FBY


PHROSPHEZIE. ANAL.LIES. PHILOS.OFIZE

............. THEN TELL SOMEONE @ wASH.pOST

POST IT.COMMENTS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U00Hisfp98s

Posted by: John_Chas_Webb | December 29, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Is the tea party still around?

Posted by: mddg7771 | December 29, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

"Technically you could throw Norfolk and Hampton Roads into the mix too based on their reliance on federal funding.

Of course, with perhaps 70-75 percent of the state's tax revenue and economic activity coming from those two regions alone you could pretty much say the same thing about Virginia as a whole.

NoVA gives back a lot more to the state than it takes back in return -- same is true with Hampton Road."

True enough, but being a former Norfolk resident, you have to consider that there are enough right wing nutbags out in the 'burbs of Va. Beach and Chesapeake to swing an election to the repubs. And they have a history of electing nut cases. I find the fact that many find GEORGE ALLEN to be to moderate a sad comment on how crazy the republican party has become in the past 4 years. Belief can be a terrifying thing.

Posted by: kg1957 | December 29, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

There are snowballs in hell that have better odds than any of this pack of fools.

Posted by: Nymous | December 29, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

When did Virginia become a joke?

Where are the reasonable people, and why don't they stand up?

Posted by: whistling | December 29, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

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