Gerhart Attacks Steele, House Leadership
Gerhart, who with others claims to be the most conservative of the conservative, accuses Steele and House leadership of "serving the Chamber of Commerce," a phrase also used by a few House members who allege Steele is not conservative enough for them.
In his email, Gerhart wrote, "I am sure you had the best intentions when you decided to run for office but found yourselves in a crossfire the last thirty days. Perhaps you have thought what the Tea Party is doing is unfair.
"By now you might have figured out that Kris Steele and the rest of the Republican Caucus leaders are not your friends. You might have learned that they are serving the Chamber of Commerce not the best interests of the people of this state and are beginning to see it is wearing thin with many in the Caucus.
"If you haven't read the Reddirtreport.com blog on the day the Senate passed the 'Tort Reform', I would suggest you take a look at it so you see that Republican leadership has stepped over the bounds in the Senate as well.
"Bottom line, they will fight to the last drop of your blood.
"Most of the leadership team are term limited out or nearly there, thus their willingness to sell out to the Chamber, likely in return for a well paying job once they are term limited out.
"You on the other hand have opportunity to continue serving if the voters return you to office in 2012. You have had a front row seat to the abuse that Charles Key's amendment to HR 1008 could have prevented. Many of you likely have seen bills killed by committee chairs acting under orders from House leadership. You've gotten a taste of what it is like to have to answer hard questions from your constituents after your Feb 7th vote.
"The only question you need to ask yourself is have you learned enough in the last 30 days to reconsider your position on this issue. If you have reconsidered your position, I urge you to get in touch with me ASAP before the next round of robo calls starts. Expect a mailing to go into the districts along with the robo call campaign for all those that continue to oppose representative government in favor of dictatorship.
"We took down Glen Bud Smithson in 2010 with little over a month's work and less than $1,000 spent, just ask the young marine that is the current Representative for House District 2. Imagine what we can do with 19 months to educate your constituents. But redemption can be yours if you are seeing things in a different light on this issue. Other wise to quote one of my favorite sayings, 'the beatings will continue until moral (sic) improves'."