About Us

Officers Of Colorado River Tea Party 2015

Chairman: Sally Kizer
Vice-Chair:Gilbert Hernandez
Treasurer: Nancy Smith
Secretary: Cora Lee Schingnitz
Sgt. at Arms: Dick Gale

Our Mission Statement

Colorado River Tea Party is a grassroots movement of American Citizens from all walks of life
and political persuasions – united and motivated to action by our concern for the loss of
American liberty and prosperity, due to high taxation and excessive, irresponsible government
spending and regulations. Our mission is to attract, educate, organize, and mobilize our fellow
citizens to secure public policy, and elect political representatives, who are consistent with
our core values, to recognize the power in “We The People” and to restore the constitutional
foundation for our country.

Birth of the Tea Party Movement

The modern faction commonly known as The Tea Party reportedly began
in early 2009 as the outcry against President Obama’s bailout of large
companies and proposed stimulus package. It was Rick Santelli of CNBC
who publicly lashed out against the Obama Administration’s proposal
to help homeowners facing foreclosure refinance their mortgages. He
suggested Chicago organize a Tea Party where capitalists could dump
“some derivative securities into Lake Michigan.” This was in reference,
of course, to the early Americans dumping tea into Boston Harbor in
protest of the taxes imposed by King George.

Meanwhile, Keli Carender in Seattle was using a blog to complain about
the stimulus package. With the help of social networking, the entire nation
jumped on the bandwagon and Tea Party groups formed throughout
the country. They quickly made the moniker their own. TEA = Taxed
Enough Already.

On April 15, 2009, Tax Day Tea Party protest rallies were held all over
the United States. The number of events has been estimated as high as
750. Some of them, like the one in Atlanta attracted several thousand

Yuma saw it’s first Tea Party meeting at the Colorado River on that
famous Tax Day in 2009 to a crowd of over two thousand people. By
that time the Tea Party had made its purpose known – to actively oppose
big taxed, big government, and the big national debt.

Since then the Colorado River Tea Party has not only been a mainstay
in the Yuma area, but has also achieved national attention. Past
Chairman, Russ Clark, was quoted in the New York Times, Past
Chairman, Lisa Replogle, was a guest lecturer at Harvard University, and
Past Chairman, Connie Uribe, was a guest at the Tampa Presidential Debate.

The Colorado River Tea Party is a non-partisan organization that does
not endorse candidates for public office. We do, however, encourage
our members to individually support the candidates of their choice. We
also provide educational opportunities throughout the year for the citizens
and elected officials to meet without regard to political affiliation.

Mission and Misconceptions

The Colorado River Tea Party mission is to attract, educate and mobilize
fellow citizens to secure public policy which stops the growth of excessive,
irresponsible deficit spending and runaway taxes; to help elect political
representatives who are consistent with our core values; and to re-
establish the constitutional foundation of our country.

While the Tea Party began in opposition to skyrocketing national debt
and unbearable taxation, the members are true patriots who support the
U. S. Constitution and believe in limited government. The Tea Party would
like to see Congress and the Executive branch strictly adhere to the
duties of office as delineated in our Constitution. Ignoring their
constitutional duties has resulted in a lack of fiscal responsibility. The
excessive spending and borrowing not only puts a burden on the
taxpayers but on generations to come. Desiring a balanced budget is not
a radical idea. It is for the good of the nation.

The Tea Party movement is based on grassroots organizations. There
are national groups, but there is not a centrally-based Tea Party. Their
goals, however, are all guided by strong beliefs in the U.S. Constitution
and fiscal responsibility. With that in mind, they have been successful in
education the public leading to the election of candidates with similar

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s recall election victory in 2012 is an
example of the Tea Party effect at the grassroots level. Other similar
influences can be seen in the elections of Texas Senator Ted Cruz.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, and
Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer.

The voters of Yuma have put several candidates in office, candidates
who have had strong support by members of the local Tea Party. Senator
Don Shooter was the first Chairman of the Colorado River Tea Party and
now serves as Chair of Appropriations for the State. Russ Clark, former
Chairman, is currently a member of the County Board of Supervisors.
Members Yira Hoffman and Joe Melchionne were elected to Yuma school
board positions.

While the Tea Party strives to focus on issues limited to taxation, the
national debt, an our leader’s violations of our Constitution, the media
take every possible opportunity to toss out the “race” card. Everyone
from Bill Maher to Sean Penn has accused the Tea Party of racial ideals
and racial remarks. The facts are as follows:
In 2010 Tea Party members across the nation supported more minorities
than the liberals or progressives did. Examples are Hispanic Gov. Martinez
in New Mexico, Hispanic Gov. Sandoval in Nevada, East Indian Gov.
Haley in South Carolina, Cuban Sen. Rubio in Florida, Hispanic Rep.
Canesco and Flores in Texas, Black Rep. Scott in South Carolina, and
Black Rep. West in Florida.

The Tea Party supported several candidates for President in 2012,
including Herman Cain, a black man. In fact, Cain probably said it best
when he remarked that anyone who thought the Tea Party was racist
had obviously never attended a meeting or rally.