Rodriguez Resigns for New Position; Tharp Takes the Reins
Posted: Saturday, May 12th, 2012 at 9:38 pm
By: Tea Party
George Rodriguez, President of the San Antonio Tea Party, resigned this week to take a leadership position in a newly forming political action committee. Stepping up to lead the SATP is senior vice president Allen Tharp.
Mr. Rodriguez has been SATP President since his unanimous election by the Board of Directors in March 2011. In assuming that role, he became the first Hispanic president of a Tea Party. Born in Laredo, TX, and raised in San Antonio, he has dedicated his life to sharing conservative values with Hispanics. As a political appointee in the Ronald Reagan and George H. Bush administrations, Mr. Rodriguez worked with the Department of Justice in community relations and immigration outreach. He also worked with the White House Office of Public Liaison on community outreach, with Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) on judiciary legislation and Hispanic-related issues, and with Congressman Tom Delay on Hispanic outreach. He was part of the 1988 Bush Presidential Campaign and then worked for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as a special assistant to HUD Secretary Jack Kemp and later as an office director. Mr. Rodriguez was part of the Katrina Recovery Program as an anti-fraud compliance officer and then worked for the City of San Antonio as a real estate director before retiring in 2010. He served as the Harris County GOP Chairman of Outreach from 1999 through 2000.
In his resignation letter, Mr. Rodriguez stated, “In this important political season, there are numerous activities in which I am involved and others that I am currently pursuing, and I do not feel that I am able to properly devote the necessary time and energy that the SATP deserves as its President. I have thoroughly enjoyed my role as president of the San Antonio Tea Party, and I hope to remain engaged and involved in SATP as time will permit. I wish the SATP continued success in our common battle against liberal government policies.”
“George has been an incredible asset to the organization and the Tea Party movement in general,” according to John Bell, Board and Executive Committee member who has served with Mr. Rodriguez from the beginning. “His tireless energy and passion have truly put us on the map, and we have some huge shoes to fill as he leaves.”
Bell noted increases in patriots taking an active part in meetings, the quality of SATP-sponsored events, monetary donations, local news coverage of SATP activities, and—most importantly—political influence at the city level. These could be attributed directly to Mr. Rodriguez’s vigorous leadership, he said.
In accordance with SATP by-laws, Mr. Tharp, also a Board and Executive Committee member and frequent speaker at SATP events, will assume the presidency pending the Board’s decision on a permanent replacement.
Once that decision has been made, the SATP will announce an opportunity to publicly transfer leadership, express to Mr. Rodriguez the appreciation he deserves, and welcome the new president of the organization. That announcement will be made soon through this website and the weekly Revere Report.
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