Not to confuse the tea party with the Republican Party, but when the new Chicago City Council is sworn in next month there WILL be no Republicans represented on that august body. NONE!
Freshman Republican 8th District US Rep. Joe Walsh, he defeated Mellissa Bean last year, is calling on Tea Partiers to focus on state politics. While just in time for 2012, it could've been done last year. I'm reading the comments at the CapFax post I just linked to and this one is right on the button:
Speaking of which, those commentators who kept mentioning redistricting hit the nail on the head. Last election was the moment when the Tea Party really needed to get a foothold somewhere in state politics. By losing every level of redistricting they have put a stranglehold on themselves.I would also say they need a presence in the state's most populous city at the very least as well. Unfortunately I would image it would be very difficult to gain political victories in Chicago. But yeah now is the time to organize if it means that Illinois could use some new ideas.