Levesque bonds with Tea Partiers, not Tea Party

Jason Levesque, an Auburn businessman running to unseat U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, four-term Democrat from Maine's 2nd District, says he identifies with citizens rallying in the Tea Party movement, but wouldn't consider himself a Tea Partier.

The Republican candidate, a political newcomer, attended the most recent Tea Party protest, which was held in Augusta on April 15, tax day.

“I associate with the people that are in attendance. It's an extreme cross-section of society; people who have never been active before, political newcomers, people that are actually concerned,” he said in an interview following the event. “They want to do something. There's an energy there, they want to be involved in the process. I identify with that, because that's my story as well.”

When asked if he identified with the Tea Party as it exists as a national movement, he said, “Nah, I... I'm not evading it, I've put a lot of thought in it to be honest with you.”

“I mean, real honestly, I'm associated with the people of Maine,” he said, when asked if he wanted his congressional campaign to be associated with them or not. “There's a lot of them there that share the same beliefs that I share and you know, it's great to meet and talk with these people and listen to them, Tea Party or not.”

The grassroots Tea Party movement consists of mostly local, like-minded citizen groups that are bound nationally more in their common anti-tax and anti-government beliefs than formal financial or organizational structure.

In other states, some candidates running for federal office in Republican primaries have embraced Tea Partiers as their political base. Levesque has no primary opponent, but he's been no stranger to the local events.

In January, he addressed a Tea Party rally in Stillwater, along with Republican gubernatorial candidates Bill Beardsley and Paul LePage. He also attended a Glenn Beck-inspired 9-12 rally in Surry in February and another recent Tea Party event in Trenton.

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Ray St. Onge's picture

so...

by your logic, you would be a racist also. You have never disavowed racist liberals.

Did you ever stop to think that the reason they are denying it is because it didn't happen.

Ray St. Onge's picture

One Grand Dragon coming up

You wanted a racist liberal, how about the Grand Dragon from West Virigina.

Timothy Stevens's picture

sorry to say

Senator Robert Byrd.

Ray St. Onge's picture

is this racist?

Tron, can I say the following and not be a racist?

"You can not walk into a 7-11 without having a Pakistani accent"

Ray St. Onge's picture

so you admit?

so you are admitting that would be a racist statement?

Ray St. Onge's picture

simple question

Never said you said that. If I said the following, would you say I was a racist?

"You cannot walk into a a 7-11 unless you have a Pakistani accent"

If I said that would I be a racist? Simple yes or no.

Ray St. Onge's picture

it appears

it appears that tron cannot answer this simple question

Ray St. Onge's picture

offensive comment

Again Tron has to come out with an offensive term "teabaggers". Unless you can prove that members of the Tea Party Movement actually call themselves that, I recommend you stop using that term.

Ray St. Onge's picture

still not proof

you still have proven where they call themselves that. The only ones I've seen use that term have been moonbats like Geroferlo.

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