Three of the highest profile local Tea Party organizers each were dealt setbacks in personal crusades on Wednesday.
Carolyn Guillot of the Thousand Oaks Tea Party, Carla Bonney of the Ventura County Tea Party Patriots, and George Miller of the Ventura County Tea Party spend a significant amount of their free time organizing ordinary citizens to protest out-of-control federal spending.
On the side, each has pursued projects close to their hearts--projects that experienced setbacks today.
After months of fighting for a monster auto-mall sign by the 101 freeway, the Thousand Oaks City Council approved the project over the objections of Guillot's team, who argued it was an eyesore and showed up to numerous meetings to argue against it.
Bonney is also engaged in a long-term fight with the city council, only in Ventura. Last year, the city installed parking meters downtown. Bonney and some local business owners are leading a campaign to collect enough signatures to put an initiative on the ballot to repeal the meters. She had successfully recruited popular radio talk-show hosts John and Ken to appear at a rally with her this week. But today, she had to notify her supporters that the pair had to cancel.
The big news of the day, however, was President Obama's release of his long-form birth certificate. After Miller wrote on his website that he still had doubts about Obama's eligibility to be president, he caught some bad press. The Star made him the central part of their story on the topic, which also featured Guillot and Bonney. The article was critical of the trio, and the comments that trailed after the article on the Star's website were harsh and unnecessarily personal.
It's only one bad day, however. By nature, the three of them can't be held down, and they've overcome much bigger obstacles than these.