Jefferson Area Tea Party

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The Jefferson Area Tea Party was founded in 2009, as an organization of individuals who seek a reduced role for government at all levels in the United States. Taxed Enough Already (TEA) is the primary message of the Tea Party.

In 2011, the group began sending volunteers to monitor Charlottesville City Council and the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors. [1]

Tea Party Principles and Goals

  • Limited Government
  • Constitutional Governance
  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Lower Taxes
  • Free Enterprise
  • Reduce the National Debt
  • Repeal and Replace Government-Run Health Care
  • American Sovereignty and Exceptionalism
  • The Rule of Law
  • Personal Liberty with Personal Responsibility


  • Jim Moore, President
  • Mike Basile
  • Terry Cooper
  • David Kardell
  • Roger Schweikert[2]


  • March 17, 2011 – Forum on local sustainability issues. [3]
  • June 2, 2011 – Chairwoman of the Jefferson Area Tea Party holds press conference to express concern that some sustainability initiatives constitute a "radical political agenda that strives to impose big government-style central planning under the guise of well-intentioned environmentalism." [4]


The Jefferson Area Tea Party were critical of City Council and City Manager Maurice Jones for the way they handled the Occupy Charlottesville movement. Their leaders claimed city government showed favoritism by allowing the group to stay in the Lee Park overnight. [5]

George Allen endorsement controversy

Leaders of the Jefferson Area Tea Party expressed opposition to U.S. Senate candidate George Allen's press release "Virginia Tea Party Patriots Endorse George Allen for U.S. Senate." Firstly, they said this implied the endorsement of the Virginia Tea Party Patriots federation, which JATP is a part of, and has not endorsed the candidate. Also, two JATP members were incorrectly listed as endorsing Allen, with their affiliation with the Jefferson Area Tea Party listed below their names. The two JATP members have been removed from the list, but the Allen campaign has not issued any apologies[6].

The Jefferson Area Tea Party has a "firm policy" of not endorsing any candidates as an organization[6].


  1. Web. Area tea party shifts focus to local government, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, January 18, 2011, retrieved January 18, 2011.
  2. Web. Mike Basile elected as President, others elected to the Executive Board, Jefferson Area Tea Party, April 14, 2014, retrieved April 11, 2014.
  3. Web. Tea Party hosting forum to review local sustainability initiatives, Brian Wheeler, Charlottesville Tomorrow, March 17, 2011, retrieved March 17, 2011.
  4. Web. Local activists call for public action on environmental and sustainability initiatives, Brian Wheeler, Charlottesville Tomorrow, June 2, 2011, retrieved January 19, 2020.
  5. Web. Political favoritism pre-occupies council, Carole Thorpe, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, November 21, 2011, retrieved November 21, 2011.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Web. JATP calls on George Allen campaign for retraction and apology for false claim of endorsement, Jefferson Area Tea Party, retrieved December 6, 2011.

External links

Official site