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Tea Party wont play favorites
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The crowd applauds the work of the combined Effingham County and South Effingham high school choruses in their rendition of the national anthem at the "Honoring our Defenders" rally. - photo by Photo by Pat Donahue
The Tea Party isn’t playing favorites when it comes to the traditional political parties, said a local Tea Party organizer.
Elizabeth Mancha of the 13th Colony Patriots told a crowd assembled at Veterans Park for an “Honoring Our Defenders” rally Saturday that voters should educate themselves about the candidates for the Nov. 2 general election.
“With November looming large, it is important you are competent in casting your vote,” she said. “You should be diligent in learning about the character of the people you hope to vote for. You should know their values and principles they embrace. If they do not share yours, do not vote for them. Just because they belong to a political party doesn’t mean they deserve your vote.”
Mancha said the Tea Party “got the attention of one political party” with the results in Delaware and Alaska.
“They thought they could ride the coattails of the Tea Party,” she said, noting Christine O’Donnell’s defeat of Congressman Mike Castle in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate seat. “I’m not sure they got the message, and Delaware was an example.”

For the complete story see Tuesday's edition of the Herald.