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The Lancaster County TEA Party is one of four recipients of the 2010 Ronald Reagan Award, which is given at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C.
The TEA Party is an American populist political movement, generally recognized as conservative and libertarian, that has sponsored protests and supported political candidates since 2009.
The TEA Party supports reduced government spending, opposition to taxation in varying degrees, reduction of the national debt and federal budget deficit and adherence to an original interpretation of the U.S. Constitution.
The Reagan Award is considered the highest honor bestowed by the American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF).
It is presented annually to persons or organizations that advance the conservative cause.
“It’s really humbling to know the work we did here got recognized in other places around the country,” said Lancaster County TEA Party head Winston Smith.
ACUF Foundation Chairman David Keene said the group observed TEA Party groups nationwide in deciding four recipients should receive the award and split the $10,000 prize.
Smith said much of the group’s recognition stemmed from its involvement during the 5th District Congressional race between Republican Mick Mulvaney and 28-year Democratic incumbent John Spratt, who lost his seat in the race. The contentious race drew national attention.
Smith called the group’s involvement a “we project” of many like-minded people.
Smith added the group seeks not only to elect conservative candidates, but encourages them to stay on track and do the right thing.
“The fact that these TEA Party groups are made up of regular people who are willing to give up their evenings and weekends for the cause of liberty cannot be understated,” Mulvaney said. “They are part of an historic grass-roots movement that has changed both local and national government for the better.”
The local TEA Party is to be saluted for its work and the prestigious award it earned.
It reflects the American way – the power of people working for a cause they believe in.