Roanoke Tea Party leaders Greg Aldridge and Chip Tarbutton have joined Tea Party candidate E. W. Jackson’s campaign for the Republican nomination for Virginia U.S. Senate – a challenge to George Allen and Jamie Radtke a more moderate Tea Party candidate.
Aldridge will serve as EW Jackson’s Campaign Manager and Tarbutton will be working as Jackson’s Communications Director.
Jackson will join Allen, Radtke and David McCormick, businessman in a debate in Roanoke sometime in mid-April. Tim Donner another candidate has dropped out of the race.
The Republican primary will be held on June 12 the same day as the Democratic Primary. The general election is on November 6.
Jackson Press Release via Greg Aldridge:
U.S. Senate Candidate E.W. Jackson Calls For the Congress to Take Action Against President Obama, Including the Possibility of Impeachment Proceedings
Chesapeake, VA – U.S. Senate Candidate E.W. Jackson has issued the following statement on the Obama Administration’s decision to violate the Constitution by making cabinet appointments without Congressional approval while Congress is in session.
“Once again President Obama has demonstrated utter disregard for our Constitution and the authority of Congress as a co-equal branch of the federal government. The Constitution gives the President authority to make appointments without Senate confirmation only while Congress is in recess. To my knowledge, no motion or resolution to adjourn has been passed.
Yesterday Mr. Obama appointed Richard Corday to head up the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He also appointed three members to fill vacancies on the NLRB. These appointments are invalid and illegal because Congress was not in recess. Congress is in fact in pro forma session, meeting every few days to remain in session. It does not matter why Congress did not recess nor that the level of activity does not meet Mr. Obama’s standards.
The Constitution provides that unless Congress is in recess, the President may not make appointments to vacancies which require Senate confirmation. This is spelled out in Article II Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution ‘The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session’
The President’s actions are part of a pattern of lawlessness which he has sanitized into a slogan – “We Can’t Wait.” The appointment of Dr. Donald Berwick – who oversees Medicare and Medicaid was also a “recess” appointment to avoid the Congressional scrutiny of his nominee. The Senate was prepared to hold hearings, but the President acted unilaterally while they were in recess, violating the spirit and letter of the advice and consent requirement. This administration may be good at sloganeering, but they are very poor at governing within the bounds of the Constitution.
This is not a confrontation between the President and Congress, but between the President and the Constitution. If we allow the Constitution to lose, we all lose. It is time for Congress to assert its authority as a co-equal branch and hold this President accountable for his unconstitutional abuse of executive power. It is time for our elected representatives in Washington to use every tool at their disposal to fight for the Constitution and the rule of law.
For God and Country – EW Jackson”