Tea Party Senate Candidate Linked To The Stinky Mark Tate Case

By Loudoun Insider

The more I read about Jamie Radtke, the more it looks like Virginia will have its own Christine O’Donnell running for the GOP US Senate nomination.  While reading the comments on this post about her at Bearing Drift I came across a comment by JKM that mentioned her involvement in a scandalous State Senate mess.  I thought her name sounded a bit familiar, and sure enough, she was the Political Director for the Virginia Conservative Action PAC (VCAP) when they got advance notice of the Tate indictments.   Tate’s defense attorney’s motion to subpoena her is in this link at pages 20-21 of the PDF.  Here’s an old TC post of mine discussing those motions, even though I did not call out Radtke’s name specifically at the time  (Robin DeJarnette, the Ex. Dir. of VCAP got most of the attention).

For all of her newfound Tea Party fire and brimstone, she certainly seems to be pretty well connected in the establishment, touting her work for George Allen and Jesse Helms.  This bio touts her credentials as a bona fide RINO hunter.  Yeah, that’s the ticket to winning the US Senate seat back for the GOP.  For all of my misgivings about George Allen, I don’t think Radtke is the answer either.


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  • [...] UPDATE: The Radtke announcement has brought out some interesting information.  Too Conservative has the details here. [...]

  • Not Dick Black says:

    No issue is more on the minds of Northern Virginia voters than the elimination of RINOs. I fully support Ms. Radtke’s candicacy.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Interesting comments continue at Bearing Drift. Apparently she totally bombed on Fox News last night.

  • LloydTheIdiot says:

    Yeah, Not Dick, great strategy – run on a party purity platform to ensure you alienate as many of your own as possible.

  • Jack Ryan says:

    It’s good to see a fiscal consevative join the race.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Figures Jack Ryan would like her, since they’re both beneficiaries of Pat McSweeney’s largess.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Here’s a link to the Officers and Board of Restore the Founder’s Vision, led by McSweeney and Radtke:

    http://rtfv.net/about/board

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    I looked all through that website and there’s nothing about what kind of organization it is. Is it a PAC or what?

    It also touts itself as “an alternative to partisan politics”, which is interesting for someone trying to get the GOP nomination. Of course this all fits with McSweeney’s funnelling of Greenvest money through his PAC to Jack Ryan, who ran as an Independent after losing to Lori Waters at the Loudoun GOP Convention. These types are all about party purity until they lose.

  • JKM says:

    Not Dick (or maybe you are!) Not sure who you are talking about when you refer to RINO’s. Maybe you’re talking about Corey Stewart who voted to raise taxes and has ommitted E-Verify from his Anti Illegals web site because his developer donors told him not to (in case you cant figure it out, builders in PWC would be crippled if E-Verify were implemented. Or perhaps its Bob Marshalls votes to infringe on property rights. What? didnt know about those?

    I know you’re not talking about George Allen, ’cause haha, that’s just dumb. George Allen, not a conservative? Good luck getting that to stick. The guy was TEA party before TEA Party was cool.

  • What JKM said… Allen is the one consistent conservative, aside from Bert, that might get in this race.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Radtke’s Fox News appearance is on You Tube. She’s wasn’t as bad as some made her out to be.

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

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Excellent post by Brian at Common Sense, taking Radtke to task for complaining about career politicians when her entire career has been spent in politics and government:

    http://www.novacommonsense.com/2010/12/29/how-does-one-define-career-politician/

  • JKM says:

    Bert should consider LG in ’13. He should not waste his credit on this Senate race. What do the rest of you think about Bert in ’13?

  • What do we really know about Bert? He and Jamie just have a lot of unknowns for a statewide candidate. If he wants to run state wide he should probably get around the state and campaign for state senate candidates next year, so people get to know him.

    Mark Obenshain is running for LG in 2013, and if Stewart doesn’t become senator (which he probably won’t) he will probably be running for LG as well.

  • BlackOut says:

    I just read through the rtfv.com website. Touted as an organization offering an “alternate to political partisanship”.

    How friggin out of touch can a group be? I have no problem with the advocacy for a view but to consider themselves non-partisan?!?

    I read through each BOD bios each one references strong social conservative values, memberships and/or advocacy. I would not call that something that is non-partisan. Maybe what they mean is that they are so off the charts to the right they aren’t even part of the Republican party.

    Is there a identify farther out than fringe?

  • The Bulletproof Monk says:

    This is the further whackiness of the Virginia Tea Party. It isn’t representative of the whole TEA Party nationwide. Onlu locally, where McSweeney and friends have tried desperately to mount an assault on the LCRC, FCRC and most recently, the Second FCRC (Fauqiuer). Having failed at all three, they started a new club, and used exactly enough trickery to slide in the backdoor at the Northern Virgina and other Tea Party groups to co-opt them.

  • The Bulletproof Monk says:

    JKM and ROG….. I’d like to take this opportunity to announce our solidarity on this single issue.

  • Jack Ryan says:

    BPM – “..tried to mount an assault on the LCRC..” I don’t think that claim is true at all, please provide some examples? “…slide through the backdoor and co-opted tea party groups..” another falsehood.

  • Mom says:

    Ahh, so we come full circle. This has all the makings of the Bush/Kemp/Robertson internecine warfare of ’88, the self-inflicted wounds from which still haven’t healed. Funny how some of the same players then have re-emerged now. I’ll guess we’ll all (regardless of “sectarian” affiliation) have to prepare for a bloody, no quarter asked/given primary campaign.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Oh no, not Jack Ryan trying to tell us how the LCRC should be run again! Yeah, Jack, you, Dale Polen Myers, Greenvest, and Pat McSweeney had nothing to do with trying to sabotage duly nominated Republican candidates in 2007.

  • The Bulletproof Monk says:

    That was the attempt I references, LI.
    The trip by Chase and others to try to affect the Fauqiuer County Chairman’s race blew up in their faces, as well.
    Fairfax is having none of their shit.
    And Jack, if you paid more attention, you wouldn;t be so far out in the dark.
    The TEA Party group was jacked by Grigsby and his merry band of the current BOD, who incorporated the name (despite advice not to incorporate) behind the original founder’s back and didn’t tell him for around two weeks or so.
    That’s what co-opt means.And that’s solid facts, …..Jack.

  • G.Stone says:

    BPM

    You are connecting dots and drawing some conclusions that don’t work. To think there is a plan behind these disconnected events is very unlikely. Further, you assign far more political juice to some who don’t possess the wide reaching influence you believe them to have.

  • G.Stone says:

    First mistake is to assume the teaparty is an actual party.

  • The Bulletproof Monk says:

    G…. unfortunately, I know this to be the case. I’ve actually talked to those who were involved. I know of what I speak.
    As to the Tea Party, I did make effort to isolate the local unit from the overall nationwide movement.
    This NOVA Tea Party is an actual party entity, because they broke from the advice NOT to incorporate, and did exactly that.
    If you look into the incorporation documents, you’ll see it too.

  • Loudoun Outsider says:

    Watched the Fox interview. This lady ain’t no Rhodes Scholar.

  • Geez I thought I escaped all this conservative in fighting when I left Vermont for vacation. Apparently not… BPM, solidarity is indeed accepted. This whole Radtke/VA Tea Party thing has “fail” written all over it. To be honest, I don’t even know why she’s being treated as a serious candidate.

  • local gop says:

    BPM hits the nail on the head. The NOVA Tea People are the GOP base with a shiny new bumper sticker slapped on them. Alas, ROG and I agree, the planets must be aligning.

  • Jack Ryan says:

    BPM – I got a different story on the NVTP from those involved as well. There are others with a different point of view in which you describe. The current leadership at NVTP seem to be doing a pretty good job.

  • Jack Ryan says:

    LI – I believe you are still supporting Democrat candidates. Its good to know you are staying true to your political leanings.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    I will support whoever the hell I want to support, Jack-O. Your political leanings are whichever way the wind blows for your own edification. Once again, the hilarity of this guy lecturing anyone on party loyalty is almost too much to bear. Sore loser!

  • The Bulletproof Monk says:

    “The NOVA Tea People are the GOP base with a shiny new bumper sticker slapped on them”
    Sorry…far from it. They actually wish to challenge the GOP base. They’re pretty sure that we’re soft on social issues…which blows my silly mind, because I was under the impression that the TEA Party was supposed to be targeting taxes.

    Jack, if you reach back with both hands, you probably still miss your ass.
    Grigsby probably thinks they’re just fine,because he too, couldn’t find his ass with both hands. You guys fit each other. He jumps onto the local committee when it suits him, and sits home on his hands making robocalls when it doesn’t.

  • The Bulletproof Monk says:

    The original startup band of the NOVA Tea Party was pretty inclusive of all brands of true fiscal conservatives and constitution-appreciating folks. They were smart enough to know that there was strength in numbers when they addressed their elected officials, and when the votes needed to be counted.
    Since it was co-opted by the fringe right to include social issues, they’ve lost all of their influence and are circleing the drain.
    They need to get back on message and attack tax hikes and get folks elected to get us back to work.

  • The Bulletproof Monk says:

    Also, Jack….LI has one hell of a point. You don’t like the outcome of a convention, and you spend all of five minutes deciding to go Independent, (with DPM’s help, of course)…
    Don’t lecture me , or anyone else on loyalty. The hypocrisy is too hilarious.

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