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Angry Tea Party leaders go 'RINO' hunting for would-be Republicans

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Tea Party leaders Monday announced plans to hunt down the 87 House Republicans who recently voted to reopen the government, fund Obamacare and raise the debt ceiling, and demand they return donations from conservatives.

They’ve dubbed their prey “RINOs” — Republicans in name only — an intra-party slur conservatives have for liberal Republicans.

"These RINOs have let the American people down and it is time for us to get our money back," said Dan Backer, Treasurer of the Tea Party Leadership Fund, which is leading the new effort. They created a special website where anybody can ask for their refund back.

"We want our money back, and you should ask for yours back too, from any RINO who voted to fund Obamacare,” he added.

The same group recently launched PrimaryTraitors.com to rally support for primaries against the 87.

Below is the petition to supporters urging action against the lawmakers.

Dear 87 House RINOs: You don't deserve my money, GIVE IT BACK!

We believed in them. We believed they, like us, saw our nation's finances careening out of control and were committed to doing something about it. We believed they realized this president has added more to our national debt than all previous presidents combined. We thought even if we can't stop ObamaCare now, we at least could stop digging the holes even deeper.

But the RINOs who joined forces with liberal Democrats to raise the debt limit and end the shutdown let us down. They took our money and our hopes for smaller government, and they abused them. We were raised to believe people delivered when they took money for something. But these traitors to the cause took the money, then delivered a vote for bigger government, more taxes, more spending, more government dependence, more human misery.

It's time we take action. RINOs, we need you out of our party, out of Congress, out of any position where you even pretend to hold public trust. We'll take care of the "out of Congress" part come election day, but what we need now is our money back. We need a refund. We need a RINO refund because we didn't get what we thought we were supporting ... not by a long shot.

It is the honorable thing to do. Have they any honor left?

Paul Bedard, The Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.