Tea Party groups tell Palin "she's wrong!"

Local activists upset with Palin supporting Benaquisto

CREATED Apr 3, 2014

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FORT MYERS, Fla.- Some tea party members are not happy with Sarah Palin's decision to support congressional candiate Lizbeth Benacquisto in the special GOP primary to replaced disgraced Republican Trey Radel.

Five leaders of tea party factions around Southwest Florida have penned an open letter to the former vice presidential candidate telling her she's got it all wrong.
 
The letter criticizes Benacquisto, calling her a one-time Democrat who voted to raised taxes, voted for medicare expansion, and points out that she recently supported Common Core in Florida's schools.
 
Several local tea party groups champion Curt Clawson.  
 
Their letter says Benacquisto's attack ads about Clawson are flat out wrong and saying, "We recognize that around the country you prefer to endorse female candidates as part of your 'mama grizzly' efforts."
 
"But in this case, you have endorsed the moderate establishment candidate who is opposed to by grassroots conservatives across southwest Florida," the letter adds.
 
The letter is signed by well-known tea party members such as Byron Donalds and others.  
 
So far there's no response from Palin.
 
It's unclear whether she's read the letter.  

Benacquisto, Clawson and Paige Kreegel three of the four Republicans running for the District 19 congressional seat which represents all of Lee county and coastal Collier county in the U.S. House of Representatives.

 The fourth is aviation specialist Michael Dreikorn.

 The Republicans will face off in the April 22nd GOP special election primary.

 The winner will face Democrat April Freeman and Libertarian Ray Netherwood in the special general election on June 24th.

 You must register to vote by May 26 to vote in the special general election.

You may also request a mail-in ballot from Lee county or a mail-in ballot from Collier county so that you can vote from home. 

 Governor Scott set the dates for the special election after Republican Tre Radel resigned from Congress halfway through his two year term after he was busted for buying cocaine from an undercover officer.