Boston Tea Party endorses Joe Kennedy for US Senate

Boston Tea Party National Committee has, by a vote of 4-0 with two members not voting, endorsed Joe Kennedy for US Senate. Joe Kennedy is running as an independent in the special election to fill the seat vacated by the late Edward Kennedy from Massachusetts (he is not related to the late Senator).

Joe Kennedy recently announced his support of HR 4248, the Free Competition in Currency Act, a bill endorsed by the BTP National Committee as part of the “Honest Money” Resolution. At-Large Rep. Darryl W. Perry said, “Joe Kennedy is the only candidate (in this election) that supports a Competitive Currency (establishing an effective monetary policy to maintain strong currency at home and a competitive currency abroad for balancing trade,) and an Audit/End of the Federal Reserve System.”

BTP Chairman Douglass Gaking added, “He supports Ron Paul’s Audit the Fed and Free Competition of Currency acts and takes a strict libertarian position on just about everything.”

In accepting the endorsement, Kennedy commented, “I am very excited to receive the endorsement of the Boston Tea Party. Before I was a politician I was a TEA Party Activist and like millions of others I see the looming problems with our government. Our great nation is rapidly racing toward bankruptcy. Taxation is growing without restraint and the freedoms and ideals we grew up with are vanishing. All the while our politicians have stopped caring and stopped listening to the wants and needs of the population. As a country we deserve lower taxes and a smaller, more responsible and less intrusive government. As TEA Party Activists we insist on more freedom, State’s rights and a government that listens to the people it represents not one that takes our money and turns a deaf ear to the population it supports. These are the needs of our nation and the foundation of the Boston Tea Party and my candidacy. I am running on Tea Party Principles and I will represent them fully in the Senate. My gratitude (goes out) to the Boston Tea Party for the honor of their endorsement.”

The Boston Tea Party was founded in 2006 with a one sentence platform, “The Boston Tea Party supports reducing the size, scope and power of government at all levels and on all issues, and opposes increasing the size, scope and power of government at any level, for any purpose.” In October 2008, the party’s National Convention adopted the four point program of the Campaign for Liberty. Their program calls for an end to overseas occupation, a restoration of privacy and other liberties, no increase in the national debt, and a thorough review of the Federal Reserve.

Previous IPR coverage:

Libertarian independent candidate Joe Kennedy will be in at least three more debates in Massachusetts US Senate special election Posted by Paulie 12/24

Hopefuls jab on war, taxes in bid for Kennedy seat Posted by Paulie 12/23

Massachusetts: Health Care, Afghanistan Top First Senate Debate Posted by Paulie, 12/22

Joe Kennedy Picks Up Endorsements and Momentum Posted 12/22 by d.eris

Scenes from first Massachusetts US Senate special election debate Posted 12/21 by Paulie

Darryl Perry: ‘A Kennedy Even Libertarians can Support: Joe Kennedy for US Senate’ Posted by Paulie 12/21

First two debates set in Kennedy successor race Posted by Paulie 12/21

Why challenge the two-party system? Somebody has to do it Posted by d.eris, 12/20

Green Party issues press release to support Libertarian Joe Kennedy’s right to debate Posted by Kimberly Wilder 12/19

More Joe Kennedy news coverage: Needham Times, Sun Chronicle Posted by Paulie 12/18

Martha Coakley, Scott Brown, Joseph Kennedy agree to series of debates in race for Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat Posted by Paulie 12/18

Rich Rubino at Politics DMZ: ‘Yes, Joe Kennedy can win the Massachusetts U.S. Senate Race’
Posted by Paulie 12/18

Boston Globe: ‘This Kennedy wants to cut government’
Posted by Paulie 12/18

Earlier Coverage

20 thoughts on “Boston Tea Party endorses Joe Kennedy for US Senate

  1. Joe for Senator

    People are just dumb enough to vote this guy in on his name. And that’s a good thing! It’s time we didn’t underestimate the stupidity of the American voter and the amount of media brainwashing they have undergone…. and take advantage of it.

  2. Robert Milnes

    I would like for everyone who contributes to these 4 special elections this coming month to say so in IPR comments. & if you intend to volunteer for the campaigns. & if you donate or volunteer on my websites. I’d like to hear whether you donated to help out a poor depressed down on his luck guy or for me to get a motorhome to double as campaign vehicle. & campaign for these candidates AND myself.

  3. Robert Capozzi

    With the “Tea Party” movement in the news, I wonder if the BTP has seen an increase in membership.

  4. Skyler McKinley

    Wait, I’m confused.

    He’s a politician? I’d say he’s a citizen who happens to be running for office.

    1) “Politician” tends to carry some very negative connotations.
    2) “Politicians” have generally been elected at least once. I’d say that he’s still an activist, rather than an activist-cum-politician.

  5. inDglass


    That has been the case. People frequently Google “tea party” terms and come across the BTP site.

    I always encourage those newcomers to read the platform, program, and bylaws so that they understand exactly what our organization stands for when they join.

  6. George Phillies

    The Libertarian Association of Massachusetts endorsed Joe Kennedy for U.S. Senate and donated over $1000 from our Federal PAC in support of his campaign. This October, Mr. Kennedy was elected to the Libertarian Association of Massachusetts State Committee. LAMA is the national party affiliate in Massachusetts.

    Mr. Kennedy is a dues-paying member of the national party, and has been since this spring.

  7. paulie Post author


    What do you mean by endorsement?

    3 of the last 22 national LP blog posts cover Joe Kennedy, including 2 of the last 10:

    Joe Kennedy running for Massachusetts Senator
    posted by Staff on Nov 16, 2009

    Joe Kennedy, a member of the Libertarian Party, is running to fill the unexpired Senate term of the deceased Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy. The special election will be held on January 19, 2010.

    David Blau, chair of the Libertarian Party of Massachusetts, says, “While [Mr. Kennedy] will appear on the ballot as an Independent due to a provision of state law, I have spoken with him at length and believe him to be an excellent libertarian candidate.”

    Visit Joe Kennedy’s campaign website.

    In a November 2 email to the Libertarian Party, Mr. Kennedy reported, “In the past weeks I have attended a number of rallies and grown my support base. During that process I have been converting a number of individuals in the Massachusetts area to the Libertarian way of thinking through television and radio appearances, rallies, email and mostly social media networks and website memberships. I have raised a small amount of money for myself and encouraged numerous people to join and give to National. I am 2/3 done with my signature campaign and I am committed to both getting on the ballot and expanding the base of our party.”

    On his website, Mr. Kennedy claims no relation to the family or relatives of President John F. Kennedy. He was born in Boston, has spent most of his life in Massachusetts, and works in the technology field.

    Massachusetts Democrat wants Libertarian Joe Kennedy in debates
    posted by Staff on Dec 14, 2009

    Martha Coakley, the Massachusetts Democratic candidate for U.S. Senator, has indicated that she favors, and may insist on, including Libertarian Joe Kennedy in candidate debates.

    Kennedy will officially appear as an independent on the ballot. He is not related to the late Senator Edward Kennedy. The special election will be held on January 19, 2010.

    The Boston Globe recently reported on Coakley’s statements.

    Visit Joe Kennedy’s campaign website.

    TV coverage of Libertarian debate battle in Massachusetts
    posted by Staff on Dec 16, 2009

    In the campaign for the special election to replace the late Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy, Libertarian candidate Joe Kennedy is making waves. (Joe Kennedy is not related to Edward Kennedy, and will appear on the ballot as an independent.)

    The Democratic candidate wants Kennedy included in all debates — the Republican candidate seems to be dancing around the issue.

    Video clip from

  8. Clay Barham

    What is our mission in 2010? It should be to teach ourselves why America’s political tradition worked and what will happen if we change it. Obama wants us to change. He wants us to become like the Old World America left in the 18th century. He wants us to forget what the libertarian 19th century Democrats provided that gave us so much prosperity when compared to the stagnation of the Old World. He wants the American society well-oiled and ordered so the few elite can rule the many, for our own good, of course. America’s individual freedom has never been tried elsewhere, though partially approached in some more modern nations. Yet, 80% of the world’s people are struggling to exist, many starving, all under one dictatorship or another. Not so in America, unless deciding to be struggling and unhappy. We need to teach ourselves the difference so we can make the best decision of whether America will fall in line, get on its knees and be ruled by the few, or renew its pledge to individual freedom. That’s our task! Find help

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