Best odd couple: The Sierra Club's Georgia Director Colleen Kiernan and Debbie Dooley of the Atlanta Tea Party
No one was surprised when Tea Partiers opposed the regional transportation tax. More than a few people were taken aback when the Sierra Club's Georgia chapter did the same, arguing the T-SPLOST would fuel sprawl and not build enough transit. But very few people expected the two disparate groups to join forces and work together to block the measure. The Sierra Club's Georgia Director Colleen Kiernan and Debbie Dooley of the Atlanta Tea Party shared strategy, stood side by side at press conferences, and, with very little money compared to the business community's multimillion-dollar campaign, outlined one of the more well-reasoned criticisms of the tax - one which even supporters had to acknowledge was, despite a few flaws, pretty solid. An upside, regardless of how you felt about the T-SPLOST: the two have promised to work together on the transportation funding issue when the General Assembly convenes in January - not to mention eliminating MARTA's funding restrictions, something the Tea Party has signaled it would support.
the sierra club’s georgia director colleen kiernan and debbie dooley of the atlanta tea party