Greater Phoenix Tea Party Patriots, and the 912 Tea Party Project Pinal County: Deceit and Duplicity on Display

          Kelly Townsend, candidate for LD22 GOP legislator, as well as owner and founder of Greater Phoenix Tea Party Patriots has been the focus of some troubling ethical questions due in part, to her website.  Kelly, along with the 912 Tea Party Project Pinal County co-owners with Sassia Niederste-Hollenberg , Stephen (a candidate for Casa Grande School Board)and Melinda Kohut, have acted in ways that contradict the Glenn Beck’s 9 Principles and 12 Values prominently featured on the Pinal County website.

          On these two websites, some of the most incredible blogging activity has occurred over the past six months since JD Hayworth announced his candidacy for Arizona’s US Senate seat in Congress.  It has culminated over the past three weeks with some phenomenal attacks on numerous tea parties in our state, a blog post by a Senate candidate’s wife calling an avowed racist JD Hayworth’s “best friend’ and discovery that one of Jim Deakin’s strongest supporters, and wife of the co-owner of a Pinal County TPP website, pretending to be interested in endorsing a candidate.  Lastly we’ve discovered the completely duplicitous and hypocritical actions by two Tea Party websites and their owners.

           Beginning last April there was growing group Tea Party groups who started working together to form a coalition of Tea Parties for creating resources, sharing ideas and providing a stronger voice in Arizona.  While there was considerable difference as to the shape and form of this coalition, there was complete unanimity in recognizing the need for such an organization.  One of the key issues that developed was the recognition to determine a legal way to endorse candidates.  This culminated on August 2nd, with a group of 16 statewide and national groups endorsing JD Hayworth for US Senate as the Tea Party candidate.  You would have thought all hell broke loose among Jim Deakin’s supporters, both on the blogs and in Deakin’s campaign.  Jim and his wife Adonia began making posts, attacking all this coalition, calling them “Fake Tea Parties”.  Also Deakin sycophants began making accusations of law violations and threats to file complaints with the Federal Elections Commission.

          One such supporter, Stephen Kohut, co-owner of the 912 Tea Party Project of Pinal County website, has been extremely vociferous, threatening to file complaints with the FEC.  So outspoken has Stephen been speaking out, that you’d almost forget that, at least according to his own words, Kohut did not ‘make up my mind’ until after the July 16-17th, debates.  Stephen claimed on various Tea Party websites and in his voluminous comments on Sonoran Alliance that he was “undecided” as to his choice for the US Senate.  Kohut EVEN claimed that while his wife Melinda had decided to support Deakin, even contributing $500 to his campaign, he remained “undecided”. Yes, and I have oceanfront property in Quartzite, Arizona for bargain prices!

          With Deakin’s utter failure to garner any Tea Party endorsements, Jim has taken to condemning those Tea Parties who have endorsed JD Hayworth.  This is where it gets interesting.  Kelly Townsend’s Greater Phoenix Tea Party Patriots is a 501(c)4 organization, hence cannot endorse any candidates.  Also, Sassia Niederste-Hollenberg and Stephen Kohut’s 912 Project Pinal County Tea Party Patriots “claims” to be a 501(c)4 group.  ‘Claims’ is the operative word; for last March when I questioned them about a video of some Massachusetts independent ‘endorsing’ Jim Deakin prominently on their front page, and I then repeated my concerns with another question, they suspended me from the website!  Stephen recently called my questioning, “cyber-intimidation”.  Yet, since they weren’t even a 501(c)4 group, my question was irrelevant, EXCEPT they claimed then and now to be a 501(c)4 group!  Why would they make such false statements?

          Here are the facts: when I recently checked the AZ Corporation Commission’s listing of corporations, there was nothing for Kohut’s group at the time.  NOT until May 7th did a reservation for a group, “Pinal County Tea Party Patriots” appear, reserved by Melinda “Mindy” Kohut.  The reservation expires on September 5th and to date there appears that no corporation exists.  Then on June 8th, Kelly Townsend filed for a registration of trade name for “Pinal 912 Tea Party Patriots”; thereby intertwining the two Tea Party groups completely together.  Yet they use their websites to take a cheap shot at the Tea Party groups that endorse candidates.

          Both websites and the Tea Party groups’ leaders, Townsend, Sassia and the Kohuts have been solidly supporting Jim Deakin.  So imagine my surprise last week to find out that Mindy Kohut asked two months ago to join this coalition of Tea Parties.  For the last two months Stephen’s wife, Mindy a contributor to Deakin’s campaign, has been a member of the website, but failed to acknowledge her support for Deakin by joining the Jim Deakin group.  So, while being a member of the Association that was seeking legitimate avenues for endorsing candidates, Melinda’s Pinal County Tea Party Patriots is strongly opposed to endorsements of candidates.  She pretended to support the concept of endorsing a candidate, which WAS an option for Tea Party leaders for ANY candidate, as a result of the Association.  Needless to say, her membership has been terminated.  Here’s the link to their page look for their statement on endorsing candidates:

          It’s interesting that Kelly, the Kohuts and Sassia, along with Jim Deakin, want the exclusive right to define WHAT CONSTITUTES A TEA PARTY!  THEN they dare to condemn anyone or group that doesn’t fit THEIR definition!! 

          Now with Kelly Townsend working with and closely allied to the Pinal County group, it’s not too surprising to find that her actions also clearly violate the 912 standards.  For example, over the past eight months numerous groups formerly affiliated with Kelly left her organization.  In most every case she refused to let them keep their name, since SHE was the registered owner.  The key reason for leaving was simply that Kelly concentrated the control and authority in the hands of herself and the members of the board, Les White, Charles McCain, and Chris Rossiter.  For example, after a national group, Tax Day Tea Party, endorsed JD Hayworth, Kelly immediately contacted Robert Mayer, Roger Boone and Patrick Beck of the Tucson, Flagstaff and Bullhead City “Tea Party” groups and issued a press release claiming to be the four largest Tea Parties and that they were NOT endorsing JD Hayworth for the Senate seat.  This press release garnered widespread press attention, thanks to John McCain’s powerful influence.

Two interesting facts about this press release: 1. one members of Kelly’s Board at the time was NOT even informed about the press release, let alone involving her, leading up to the press release!  2. While Kelly’s and Roger’s groups could NOT endorse ANYONE due to their status, the Tucson group had made the decision NOT to endorse any candidate for any race, not just JD Hayworth for the US Senate.  Lastly, Patrick Beck did not EVEN HAVE a Tea Party group!  Sure, he had organized a rally for April 15th last year that attracted 400 attendees in Bullhead City. However, there were NO meetings, until he set up an ‘association’ last May, and THEN only ONE!  This was a concerted effort to mute the impact of any endorsements for JD Hayworth.

          Lastly, Kelly Townsend shows complete hypocrisy on her website in what she allows or censors in the discussion groups.  Specifically, when there were very heated discussions regarding the Senate race, in the West Valley and the Greater Scottsdale groups, causing several members to complain and leave the discussion pages.  Kelly rightfully set up a Senate discussion group on June 10th, and after she complained to me about ‘strong language’ (not foul, just forceful) she told me in a phone call that in the new group, “almost anything goes”.  Then on June 14th, I used the term “Deakinistas” in reference to the more rabid supporters, given to insults and personal attacks.  Kelly suspended me, and another person who used the term “Deakinasses” for 30 days.  BY contrast, Adonia Deakin post the MOST despicable of blogs, claiming that JD Hayworth asked his “best friend” David Duke to get his friends to call on his behalf!!  She also posted this on Smart Girl Politics and it was quickly deleted!  Kelly simply asked Adonia to ‘revise’ the post.  SO, Kelly doesn’t mind blatantly false and despicable posts in a completely disgusting display by the wife of Jim Deakin.  Yet she is “offended” by the term “Deakinista”!?

          You have to wonder, DO the Kohuts believe it proper to make false claims of support for the Association, or being “neutral” and criticize all Tea Parties who do not agree with them calling them “Fake”?  Does Kelly Townsend believe that it’s proper to control over 3-5,000 Tea Party members in over a dozen groups, with just 3-5 board members, not giving the leaders of the various groups say in thei leadership?  Further, does she possibly believe that no one can see through the flimsy claim that they don’t really moderate the blogs?  One thing is for certain:  the voters in LD 22 and the Casa Grande School District need to take a very close look at these candidates’ ethics.  BOTH should be subject to a MUCH closer scrutiny, based on their actions over the past six months.


  1. Jim's Shipmate says

    That’s a long post pointing the finger at some decent people. Is that how JD want to get things done – by blaming others? JD knows his own record, he can’t win. I wonder who’s keeping him in the race and for what purpose?

  2. Radical American Patriot says

    Yes, it’s a long post explaining details regarding some not so decent conduct by people who know better. It has NOTHING to do with the Hayworth Campaign, and everything to do with the people discussed herein. Don’t believe me, most of the evidence is clearly there.

  3. Jim's Shipmate says

    Whatever, you may have posted it, most readers will understand who paid for it. Doesn’t matter Wednesday morning JD can go back to calling sports and you can go back to trolling the internet.

  4. Radical American Patriot says

    So Sorry J S. I’m not paid by ANY campaign, political or tea party. I wish I were!! LOL

    Come Wednesday morning Jim will probably be wanting to “ship out” and you can go back to into complete anonymity!

    LD17, I wouldn’t put it past you or someone to ‘shop’ the picture. And those who DO know you, will remember your attitude towards the real Patriots in this country. Oh, and IF you want a plethora (that’s “many” for McDeakin and Decain supporters) of examples of both McCainiacs and Deakinistas having pathetic grammar, I’ll be glad to provide them!

    Steven Robinson (as everyone in AZ knows!)

  5. Jim's Shipmate says

    “examples of both McCainiacs and Deakinistas having pathetic grammar”

    The country is 13 trillion in debt. Do you have any idea what 13 trillion dollars is? That’s a million millions. The 2009 GDP for the US was 14 trillion. We almost owe more than we produce and you’re worried about grammar.

  6. Shipmate, you lost your candidate lost, it’s over, the end.

  7. Tell me, this can’t be true — holy tea party folks behave like this —

  8. Stephen Kohut says

    I can’t tell if Steven Robinson is tripping on acid, failed to take his meds for paranoia or is writing the next great dime store novel. No matter which it is the truth is very dull and much less exciting than his latest rant against the “dark side”. So for those who care let’s talk truth about the Pinal 9-12 Tea Party.

    The Pinal 9-12 has always been part of the GPTP. Earlier this year we discovered an oversight where GPTP had not registered the trade name when the group was established. It slipped through the cracks and hadn’t been done. Melinda reserved the name so no one else would take it. GPTP completed their registration of the trade name. Very Machiavellian.

    GPTP has always owned the Pinal 9-12 and the group has operated under GPTP’s 501(c)4 with local facilitation. The Pinal 9-12 Tea Party organization, as is the GPTP, is adamant that we cannot, do not and will not endorse any candidate or take a position in any race. Nowhere will you find any endorsement or position on a candidate taken by the Pinal 9-12 Tea Party. No where, anywhere, nada. I guess that is too simple to follow but try hard.

    The Pinal 9-12 maintains its own website and webmaster for logistical reasons. We have strict rules on postings that are enforced by the webmaster. Some people have run afoul of them and they general clean up their act after a warning. A couple people, including you, failed to abide by the rules and were banned. Actions have logical consequences.

    Members are free to endorse whoever they wish. When I post on sites I post under my own name, solely on my own behalf and take no positions for the Pinal 9-12. Is that too complicated for you? Do I need to use simpler words?

    Regarding the “endorsements” by the 16 “Tea Parties”, my individual posts on that issue have been very clear. There is an utter lack by most of those organizations to legally endorse. The issue is transparency and legality. The players behind the 16 endorsements have failed to produce proof of those organizations legal right to endorse. The ball is in your court on that. Show the proof.

    Regarding when I or my wife individually endorsed Jim Deakin, as is our right as PCs, she made her decision long before she joined the Tea Party and I made mine as stated after the July debates. You seem to lack a basic understanding of how marriage works. Marriage is not identical. Melinda has her own opinions and makes her own choice. I make mine. Sometime we even agree.

    Regarding Melinda’s “membership” of this “association”, if that is the Arizona Tea Party website then she will be thankful that it’s gone. She never applied, had no clue how he name got onto the site and has been trying forever to get it removed but the webmaster would never respond. If her name is finally gone, wonderful!

    Sorry to all that the truth is very dull compared to Steve’s delusions where I am some combined reincarnation of Machiavelli, Alinsky and Sun Tzu but that is how life is, simple and dull. It is unfortunate that those with poison pens take unconnected bits and spin them into published pipe dreams whose sole purpose is to demean and damage those that don’t agree with them. How sad.

  9. Steve(Radical American Patriot) This appears to be another one of your misinformed,badly researched, accusatory rants. I agree you are either on drugs or forgot to take your meds.

  10. Jim's Shipmate says

    “Shipmate, you lost your candidate lost, it’s over, the end.”


    I’m an American, it’s never over. Free elections, I get to vote every single year. By the way, I’m an Independent and this is my first time voting in a primary. For that matter when my vote is different from yours, the two cancel each other out – so how’s that feel?

  11. Are there any dead horses in Bullhead city left for Robinson to beat – your a joke fool.

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  13. This is just downright incredible.

  14. Glenn Beck doesn’t know up from down . He’s another MSM puppet that barks when his master demands him to . DON’T Trust the MSM

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