Friday, June 3, 2011

Roanoke Tea Party members warm to Goodlatte challenger

Karen Kwiatkowski

If you count the “applause-o-meter” interruptions during Karen Kwiatkowski speech to the Roanoke Tea Party Thursday evening it might signal a future endorsement. She hit all the right notes.

Kwiatkowski when asked why 6th district incumbent Congressman Republican Bob Goodlatte needs to go she said, “he’s been voting for things that the 6th district doesn’t want and then he comes back and says that I did my best then I had to vote.” Not an acceptable response says Kwiatkowski – “he could stand up and kill it.”

“He’s a go-along, get-along guy … and we’re just tired of it,” she said. She called him an “establishment Republican.” Kwiatkowski says she is a “Goldwater Republican.” The truly conservative Republicans, those heavy on the constitution or even the Libertarian minded are not happy with Goodlatte. That is over half the Republican Party in his district she calculates.

“The establishment Republican Party did leave me,” she said

Kwiatkowski believes that the Patriot Act is unconstitutional and the 16th and 17th amendments should be repealed. Though she would abolish the federal income tax she doesn’t support the fair tax. By abolishing the 17th amendment she would return the power to governors and state legislators to appoint Senators to the U.S. Senate

The election is over a year away and Kwiatkowski is not Goodlatte’s only challenger. Democrat Dr. Andrew Bard Schmookler, 65 is vying for the 6th district Democratic nomination. Ironically Kwiatkowski and Schmookler both live in Shenandoah County close to the West Virginia border.

Schmooker will be in Roanoke to address both the Roanoke City and Roanoke County committees in a joint meeting in June according to Brian Lang chair of the Roanoke County Democratic Committee.

Karen Kwiatkowski, 50 is a retired USAF Lieutenant Colonel. She lives on a farm in Shenandoah County near Mt. Jackson with her husband and three of her four children. She has a Ph.D. in World Politics from Catholic University of America.

From May 2002 to February 2003, she served in the Pentagon’s Near East and South Asia directorate (NESA). While at NESA, she wrote a series of anonymous articles, “Insider Notes from the Pentagon.” Kwiatkowski was in her office inside the Pentagon when it was attacked on September 11, 2001.

Chip Tarbutton, president of the Roanoke Tea Party said they’d look at endorsements for 2012 after Virginia’s 2011 elections.

Posted By Valerie Garner

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