Another Dubuque Tea
Party Co-Founder Endorses Ron Paul
joins Jeff Luecke in boosting Paul on eve of
Party straw poll
ANKENY, Iowa – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron
Paul received the endorsement of a second Dubuque Tea Party co-founder
on the eve of the grassroots organization’s first in-person-voting 2012
presidential straw poll.
Michael Heeren, a co-founder of the Dubuque Tea Party, commended Paul
on his adherence to tea party values and endorsed him for the
“Ron Paul is a champion of the Constitution and has dedicated much of
his life to restoring the United States by following the three core
principles that we prescribe to in the Dubuque
Tea Party. Dr. Paul believes in fiscal responsibility, free
and a Constitutionally-limited government. Since 1976 in the U.S.
House of Representatives, every single vote he has made, without
exception, can be traced to these principles,” said Mr. Heeren.
“Ron Paul is the most consistent candidate and he can restore America
to her greatness. I endorse Ron Paul for President of the United
States.,” said Mr. Heeren, who lives in Dubuque and also is a Dubuque
County Republican Central Committee Member.
When asked whether he was wanted to make clear he was speaking as a
private citizen and not as one associated with the Dubuque Tea Party,
Mr. Heeren replied, “No, I just want America back on track.”
In addition, a Dubuque
Tea Party organizer who already publicly supported Dr. Paul came
forward to reiterate his pro-Paul stance, citing the 12-term Texas
Congressman’s economic policies and integrity. Jeff Luecke – who
endorsed Dr. Paul on June 13, 2011 – felt it appropriate to reiterate
his support on the eve of the Dubuque Tea Party straw poll.
“As an individual who helped organize and lead the Dubuque
Tea Party I personally endorse Texas Congressman Ron Paul as the
Republican nominee for President of the United States,” said Mr. Luecke
“Ron Paul is the only candidate in the race who
fully and consistently embraces the Tea Party movement's three core
principles of a return to Constitutionally-limited government, fiscal
responsibility and free markets. While other candidates
talk about the Constitution, only Ron Paul lives it with every vote he
casts in Congress. Ron Paul understands and even predicted the
monetary collapse coming our way. He's the only candidate willing
fix the problem rather than just pay lip service with cleverly-named
gimmicks,” said Mr. Luecke.
Enrolled in the Republican Party, Mr. Luecke is one of the original
co-organizers of the Dubuque
Tea Party and currently serves as a precinct captain for the Ron Paul
2012 presidential campaign. He is affirming his support for Dr.
from the standpoint of a private individual and not on behalf of the
Dubuque Tea Party.
The Dubuque Tea Party was founded in April 2009 and today it has
approximately 500 members. The first in-person Dubuque Tea Party
straw poll will be held the evening of Thursday, December 1st at The
Symposium Room of the Dubuque Best Western Plus, located at 3100 Dodge
Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52003. The Dubuque Tea Party in conjunction
with Freedom Jamboree conducted the Dubuque Tea Party 2012 Presidential
Straw Poll from August 25th through September 17th, and Ron Paul won it
decisively. Full results are as follows.
Ron Paul - 42.9%
Rick Perry - 26.2%
Herman Cain - 11.9%
Michelle Bachmann - 7.1%
Mitt Romney - 7.1%
Newt Gingrich - 2.4%
Rick Santorum - 2.4%.
Jon Huntsman, Jr.*
*= 0 votes.