Facts About Mark Cates and the Asheville Tea PartyBy
Fact: The Asheville Citizen-Times ran a story about last night’s Downtown Association City Council candidates’ forum. It contained this quote:
Cates said he did the books for [Asheville Tea Party PAC] out of friendship to one member and that members have supported him because of one key issue.
“I’m pretty sure I’m the candidate talking about jobs the most, and that is their biggest issue,” he said.
Fact: Mark Cates authored a op/ed in Asheville’s Daily Planet ten months ago in which he stated, “the tea party needs to focus on supporting local individuals who can develop experience in governing over time.”
He also urged people to, “focus our efforts on supporting candidates at the local and state levels that are aligned with Tea Party values.”
He rounded the piece out with this, “If we can’t change Raleigh and make it more responsive to issues important to Tea Party activists, what hope do we have of reforming Washington?”
He signed the letter – Mark Cates, Bookkeeper, Asheville Tea PAC
Fact: There was a call from Mark Cates’ Campaign Director, Matthew Hoagland, for Asheville Tea Party activists to volunteer for the Mark Cates campaign posted to the Asheville Tea Party website on July 25.
Fact: The Asheville Tea Party Twitter stream featured these tweets on July 25, 2011.
Fact: The Asheville Tea Party Tea Time Social on July 27th hosted two candidates to speak. One was David King, who plans to run for Buncombe County Commission and currently serves as Mr. Cates’ campaign treasurer. The other was Mark Cates. Invitation to the event included this message,
“Local elections count! As you have experienced first hand, our elected officials ignore you, spend your money, and continue to think of ways to ‘steal’ your property.
Help to get good candidates elected who are committed to protecting your individual and private property riths [sic]. They are committed to rolling back regulations that will stimulate job creation. Volunteer to put up signs, canvass, call neighbors.”
Fact: If you’re a registered voter in the City of Asheville, you can decide how to cast a ballot in this election. Click here to find your polling place. The primary is October 11th and the general is November 8th. For those of you who want to get right to it, early voting for the primary is open at 35 Woodfin St. in downtown Asheville through Saturday. More info on early voting here.