Tea Party Unhappy with Quiggle’s Use of Video
Apparently organizers of the First Coast Tea Party are not happy about State Senate candidate Dan Quiggle's use of footage from the group's event in his first television ad.
In the spot, footage of Quiggle speaking and interacting with the crowd at the Jacksonville Landing is used to highlight the candidate's appeal to the type of "freedom-minded" conservatives that helped create the Tea Party movement.
Tea Party organizers sent the Quiggle campaign a strongly worded letter that demanded he cease use of the Tea Party footage in his campaign. Further, the group has posted an announcement (without specifically naming Quiggle) on their website.
The announcement reads as follows...
It has been brought to our attention that a candidate running for the State Senate has used First Coast Tea Party images in a television commercial. This is an unauthorized use of our brand and we want to clarify that we do not support or endorse any political candidates. That is a choice for each patriot to make on their own once they have researched the issues. Our movement is about issues – not people or political figures.
The First Coast Tea Party truly is a grassroots organization of concerned citizens who are fed up with out of control spending of our tax dollars, intrusive government and the decay of moral leadership in our country. What we know is this:
We will not sit by and let others steal the tea party movement for political gain or demonize us by stating we support certain political parties or that we are part of a specific party.
We will not invite any candidate running for office to appear on our stage unless it is in front of a candidates’ forum where all are invited to share their views. We will control the forum – not them.
We will protect our images so they will not be misused for political gain.
“We the People” of the First Coast Tea Party are willing to stand up to anyone or anything that discredits our message and impacts our freedoms.
If you are sick and tired of the same old politics that have run our lives for way too long, we encourage you to make reservations to join us in Washington DC on September 12th. We’ll be sipping tea and waving our signs on the steps of the Capitol. It’s time politicians across our beautiful country recognize who is really in charge and that would be — “We the People!”