A coalition of tea party organizations and conservative leaders will release a scathing letter Tuesday against the Senate Gang of Eight immigration bill, calling the legislation so “defective” that senators need to scrap it altogether.
The letter, which includes nearly 150 signers, also urges senators to not only reject the underlying legislation, but any procedural votes that would be required for the Senate to begin working on the bill on the floor.
The signatories include former Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), RedState.com editor Erick Erickson, and Jenny Beth Martin, the co-founder and national coordinator of Tea Party Patriots. The letter is also signed by conservative and tea party leaders from more than 25 states - spanning from California to Iowa to Alabama to New Hampshire.
Notice who the leaders are - Allen West (former Congressman), Eric Erickson (never elected to anything), then various leaders of Tea Party orgs. All with proven track records of repelling minority voters. So even if this passes, it will do so with the GOP’s most stridently racist groups kicking and screaming. This will completely swamp any chance of it convincing minorities that the GOP is what it is.