When states need some one to clean up the highways, they asked organizations to adopt a segment of a highway and keep the trash picked up. Citizens responded, from a single person, to a family, a church, a civic organization all have adopted highway segments and assumed responsibility for keeping it clean.
Now the Tea Party is asking citizens to adopt a Congressman. ABC News has the story:
After playing such a pivotal role in the November elections, Tea Party activists vowed they would keep a close eye on Congress. They weren't kidding.
The Tea Party Patriots, one of the largest organizing groups of the movement, want to assign personal bloggers to track every member of Congress, not just the ones they supported.
The group will launch a recruitment drive this week coinciding with a weekend policy summit being held in Phoenix for state and local coordinators. Shelby Blakely, a stay-at-home mom from eastern Washington state who is organizing the project, said she has little doubt they will be able to round up enough people to tackle a job that she describes as "citizen journalism meets adopt-a-congressman."
"One of the strengths that the Tea Party has is we have a massive army," Blakely said. "We have millions of manpower hours and thousands of people willing to do heavy lifting."
Read the rest of the story here. According the article the Tea Party Patriots are reworking their website to accommodate for the hundreds of blogs and are developing training for what they hope is a flood of first-time bloggers. I am volunteering to be a local trainer for all those first timers who want to get involved. Let me know if your are interested.
I am hoping that idea also catches on in California and we have bloggers tracking state legislators, mayors and city council member. I am thinking of setting up a local blog to test some of these concepts, by tracking the Board of Supervisors and City Councils. If you agree, please comment and I will organize a meeting.