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Meckler Joins WT Advisory Board

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

We are ecstatic to welcome Mark Meckler, the co-founder of Tea Party Patriots to the Why Tuesday? Advisory Board.

We crossed paths with Mark earlier this year at the Guiding Lights Weekend in Seattle, where he told me about the toys he bought for his boy ( which made me think that rollerblades (and skates) are still a great toy idea for kids), and after hearing him talk with Lawrence Lessig, we knew we shared a common cause: making sure that American politics isn’t about red or blue — but red, white and blue.

Mark’s independent spirit, sharp intellect and common-sense approach to making sure the most Americans possible can play a part in our democracy will make an extraordianry addition to our team. And his short bio is awesome, too:

MARK MECKLER is a co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, the largest and most prominent Tea Party organization in the nation. He is a regular commentator on television and radio. Mark is not a politician, and he’s not from a wealthy or connected family. He’s just an average American citizen committed to the fight to return the country to self governance.

We’re looking forward to working closely with Mark in the coming months as we approach Election Day, and beyond.

Mark Meckler

Here’s Mark’s full bio:

Mark Meckler is a genuine grassroots citizen-activist. Like most folks in the self-governance movement, he is relatively new to politics.

Mark hails from the rural foothills of northern California. He has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He built a career in real estate, SEO and business law for almost a decade. Prior to his accidental entry onto the political scene, he specialized in Internet advertising law.

Mark knows what it is like to be a small business owner in America. He has owned a variety of businesses from manufacturing to food service, and has seen the legal challenges facing a wide variety of businesses across many industries.

For most of his life, Mark was not politically active. He never campaigned for, nor donated to, any candidate. Due to his distrust of both political parties, Mark has been registered as an independent for more than a decade.

Then, on February 19, 2009, Rick Santelli, a financial reporter on CNBC, issued his now famous “rant” against a government run amok, and called for a new tea party in America. Like millions of others, Mark saw that rant on the web, saw on Facebook that people actually were organizing tea parties, and decided to get involved.

On Feb. 27, 2009, Mark held the first tea party in Sacramento, California, at the state capitol. Not knowing what to expect, he arrived with his wife, his two kids, his retired parents and some handmade signs. Much to his surprise, 150 people showed up from across the societal and political spectrum. He considered it an amazing success, and he was inspired by those he met to keep organizing.

Returning home, he began networking with others around the state, and across the nation. Eventually, he was among a small core group who helped to organize the April 15, 2009 Tax Day Tea Parties, which consisted of 850 events, and roughly 1.2 million participants spanning the country. Out of this initial surge of activity, Mark and a core group had the foresight to form Tea Party Patriots to be the go-forward entity for the tea party movement.
In 2009, Mark Meckler was one of many citizen “sparks” that helped to ignite a movement. He was the Co-Founder and a former National Coordinator for Tea Party Patriots.

Mark now appears regularly on television outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business, and the BBC. You may have seen him sparring with Chris Matthews on Hardball, or pushing back against Geraldo Rivera on Fox Business. He is highly sought after for the self-governance perspective from print and online news outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Examiner, Politico and The Hill. His opinion pieces regularly run in many of the leading political outlets both on and offline.

Mark says, “I try to say what millions of American’s would say if they had the chance I’ve been given. It’s not really about my opinions, as much as it is my honest attempt to reflect what I hear from people involved in the self-governance movement all over the country.” Mark has a unique political voice, which many have said most clearly represents the citizens of this country fighting back against the incumbent machine of both political parties at all levels.

When not fighting to put the future of our nation back in the hands of self-governing citizens, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

Photo of Mark Meckler via Getty Images.

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