A Corporate Titan and a Tea Party Grass-Roots Phenom

Sign on to Speak at Virginia Tea Party Patriots Convention

Richmond, Va. – Two prominent thought leaders with very different backgrounds – Herman Cain and Jenny Beth Martin – will speak at the Virginia Tea Party Patriots Convention on Oct. 8-9, sponsored by the Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation.

Herman Cain is a corporate giant, author and one of America’s leading voices for fiscal restraint and limited government. During a career of more than 40 years, Cain served as president and chairman of Godfather Pizza, vice president of systems for Pillsbury Co., chairman of the board for the National Restaurant Association, member of the National Commission on Economic Growth and Tax Reform (chaired by Jack Kemp) and chairman and member of the Board of Directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Today, Herman hosts “The Herman Cain Show” on radio and is a FOX News Business Commentator. He also is president and CEO of THE New Voice, Inc. leadership consulting company and serves on the boards of directors for AGCO Corp., Hallmark Cards Inc., Whirlpool Corp., the George Chamber of Commerce and Morehouse College. In 2004, Cain ran for the United States Senate from Georgia.

Jenny Beth Martin also has risen to prominence among Tea Party and Patriot group supporters. Martin, 39, is a wife and mother of two young children. Her family was personally experiencing the effects of this recession in the suburbs of Atlanta when she helped launch the Tea Party Patriots organization in early 2009. The Tea Party Patriots’ seek to attract, educate, organize, and mobilize citizens in support of Fiscal Responsibility, Constitutionally Limited Government and Free Markets. In April, Time magazine named Martin to the “2010 Time 100” list of “people who most affect our world” in light of her tremendous impact on the grass-roots Tea Party movement. Martin is a national coordinator for Tea Party Patriots and co-coordinator for the Atlanta Tea Party.

“Herman Cain is a tremendously successful corporate leader and consistent advocate for fiscal restraint, fair tax policy and limited government,” said Jamie Radtke, president of the Richmond Tea Party and chairman of the Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation. “Herman knows that the private sector is the true engine for American prosperity because he’s lived it.

“Jenny Beth Martin is a model for anyone who wonders whether one person can make a difference,” Radtke added. “Like all Tea Party and Patriot group supporters, Jenny Beth is driven by a passion for the principles our nation was founded on and that made America so successful. And, like Tea Party and Patriot group supporters, Jenny Beth is taking action.

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“We think Herman Cain and Jenny Beth Martin will inspire and energize the attendees at the Virginia Tea Party Patriots Convention,” Radtke said.

The Virginia Tea Party Patriots Convention, themed “The Constitution Still Matters,” will be held at the Greater Richmond Convention Center on Oct. 8-9, 2010, just a month before the mid-term Congressional elections. The convention is sponsored by the Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation, a collection of Tea Party and Patriot groups from throughout Virginia who have joined together to host the event.

Cain and Martin join other high-profile participants, such as Dick Morris, Lou Dobbs, John Fund, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and Rep. Steve King of Iowa.

During the two-day convention, speakers will address the importance of the Constitution and limited government during a time of unprecedented government expansion. Dozens of breakout seminars will be offered related to the Constitution/U.S. political history, current public policy and grassroots activist training. Congressional candidate and national policy forums will be conducted. The convention will end with a presidential straw poll. In addition, a Freedom Lovers Extravaganza event is scheduled for Friday evening at the Downtown Marriott.

All of Virginia’s congressional incumbents, congressional candidates, state senators and delegates have been invited to attend and participate, regardless of party affiliation.

Two-day convention tickets are $50, and one-day tickets are $40. Tickets to the Freedom Lovers Extravaganza are $20. Further details about the convention—including information about lodging and how to become a sponsor—can be found at www.vateapartyconvention.com.

Speakers and schedule are subject to change.

Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation Charter:

Virginia Tea Party Patriots (VTPP) is a statewide federation of local, non-partisan Tea Party and Patriot groups established to advance and strengthen the founding principles and rights predicated in the U.S. Constitution and the Virginia Constitution. Our mission is to encourage and facilitate citizen participation in the political process and empower all citizens with a voice and influence in demanding Constitutional governance and fiscal restraint. VTPP will help local, independent Tea Party and Patriot groups grow in numbers and influence and nurture communication and collaboration among these organizations.