Ginni Thomas: Tea Party Must Mesh With GOP for '12 Clout

Wednesday, 08 Jun 2011 08:21 AM

By Henry J. Reske and Ashley Martella

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The tea party movement must join forces with the Republican establishment to make sure conservatives take command of the 2012 elections, activist Ginni Thomas tells Newsmax.TV.

Current events are pulling a lot of people into the tea party movement and the front lines, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said during an interview at the Faith and Freedom Conference in Washington, D.C. last weekend.

“I think it’s important that both the tea party movement and grass-roots activists come together with the establishment and we see as little division as possible,” said Thomas, a special correspondent for The Daily Caller. “In order to have the most success, we need to build bridges between the establishment conservative community and the Republican community and the grass-roots community. I hope together we can have an effective force in 2012.”

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The Republican leadership is not yet fully getting the tea party message, Thomas said.

“I think there’s a gap there and I think there needs to be greater effort by I would say Sen. [Mitch] McConnell and Speaker [John] Boehner and their teams,” she said. “They need to reach out more effectively to the tea party movement and be comfortable with new people coming to the movement as opposed to seeing them as some alien force that’s hostile or offensive in any way. I think this should be one big happy family, and there’s some growing pains around the edges right now that I hope can be fixed.”

Regarding the crop of GOP presidential hopefuls, Thomas said Herman Cain “has gotten the attention of the grass roots.”

“I think they’re watching for Michele Bachmann, whether Jim DeMint would get it, that would be exciting. I don’t have a dog in the fight, and I really want the most conservative candidate to prevail in the end. And I want to see as little friction between all the players of our team so we can success.”

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