“Mark channeled their frustration into action, and the members of UNYTEA continue to work hard for the candidates who share their goal of smaller government and fewer taxes. He made Plattsburgh a “must-visit” for candidates running for statewide office.”
Barie and Owens used to be co-hosts of a show on Mountain Lake Public Television before Owens decided to run for Congress as a Democrat. Before that, the two also worked together to recruit companies to the North Country from Canada.
Barie has sharply criticized Owens since he became a Democrat and worked to defeat him in the 2009 special election and again in 2010.
While he was not successful in ousting Owens, Barie said he thinks his efforts made a difference.
“I think Bill Owens is a lot closer to the center because of the Tea Party,” Barie said.
Owens would say only, “I wish him well in retirement and that his golf game improves.”
Barie said the UNYTEA Steering Committee of 13 members will meet to choose a replacement for him once he steps down.
“I think Tea Partys across the country made a difference, and who knows, if Mitt Romney and Matt Doheny get elected this fall, maybe we won’t need them anymore.”
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