Posted: Jan 29, 2012 3:59 PM by Dennis Carlson
Updated: Jan 30, 2012 9:00 AM
It's no secret that 2012 is the year that the Democrat and Republican parties have a lot on the line, nationally, statewide and locally.
Tea Party members feel that they too have a great deal of skin in this year's political game, and the conservative group is looking to motivate their members through training. The nuts and bolts of campaigning were the subject of a sold-out campaign school this weekend in Bozeman.
Campaign schools are increasing in popularity across the political spectrum.
The event focused on the fundamentals, including public speaking, fundraising, precinct organization and voter registration.
Still a relatively new force in the American political universe, Tea Party organizers say they are in it for the long haul.
Henry Kriegel is the grass-roots organizer for the group, Americans for Prosperity.
"We're not talking about a one-year commitment or a two-year commitment. We're talking about a life time commitment, and that's what's going to be required. And I would say everyone in that room is willing to give a life time commitment to the cause of liberty and freedom," Kriegel said.
The weekend event was sponsored by the local and state chapters of the Tea Party and Americans for Prosperity.