Friday, September 04, 2009
"Tea Party Leader" To Run For For U.S. Senate
If the Republicans are looking for a good candidate to challenge Sen. Evan Bayh (D) for re-election in 2010, they won't find him in the candidacy of Richard Behney, the owner of Attaboy Plumbing. "The man who helped launch the protest-oriented Tea Party in Indiana is now running as a Republican in the race to beat Democrat Sen. Evan Bayh, the Star's Mary Beth Schneider writes. Actually, citizen activist Melyssa Donaghy first launched the Tea Party protest movement in Indiana in 2007, a movement that played a key role in Greg Ballard's upset win over Bart Peterson and the Republicans recapturing control of the City-County Council. She won a "Sam Adams Award" for her outstanding efforts. Behney hijacked the Tea Party label this year for what was obviously his own political self-interest. I see from the Star story that he's ripping off former Sen. Birch Bayh's original campaign theme from when he first ran for the U.S. Senate back in 1962, "Hey, Look Me Over." Ironically, virtually all of the original backers of the Tea Party movement from 2007 have been alienated by the Republican Party. Admittedly, I have a bias against Behney because of litigation I pursued against his company on behalf of a client a few years ago. Behney's company once boasted the seal of approval of Angie's List, at which Donaghy just coincidentally works. A company website listing provides no business address, only a phone number. I found some less than flattering customer reviews of Behney's company posted here, along with some positive comments.