The Real Tea Party Housewives of Atlanta

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ATLANTA -- What happens when a couple of stay at home moms set their sights on politics? You get the birth of the Tea Party.

The success of the movement has been built by focusing on a strong foundation, which comes from average Americans.

Those beginnings have their roots in the Atlanta area, home to Jenny Beth Martin and Amy Kremer.

The two live 30 minutes away from each other, but they share a lot in common. Both women used to be stay at home moms, but now run the show for two influential national Tea Party organizations.

Jenny Beth Martin

Martin is co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, a group with more than 3,000 local chapters.

"I really was a mom. I was struggling to make ends meet. I was taking care of my kids," Martin told CBN News.

"I anticipated being a stay at home mom, not a working mom who travels the country and talks about economic issues and political issues," she said.

In 2010, Martin was named one of Time Magazine's most influential people. She's has played a pivotal role behind major Tea Party rallies.

Now the focus is on the 2012 election. The organization's goal is to train candidates and establish get-out-the-vote efforts in every state.

Martin explained that their goals play well with the organizational skills she learned as a mom.

"A lot of what I do is coordinating, and at home that's what I was doing. I love making spreadsheets and making lists," she said.

"Before all of this I was clipping coupons and looking at my spreadsheets to figure out where could I get the best deals and I still do that," he recalled.

Amy Kremer

Kremer lives 20 minutes away from Martin and she's also making a big difference in the Tea Party ranks.

She's a former Delta Airlines flight attendant who has morphed into the very busy chairwoman of the nationally powerful Tea Party Express.

Kremer now travels around the country three weeks out of the month.

"I travel more now than when I was a flight attendant," Kremer told CBN News.

Her group is focusing on endorsing constitutionally conservative candidates and trying to knock off moderate U.S. senators like Olympia Snowe, R-Maine; Richard Lugar, R-Ind.; Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.; and Ben Nelson, D - Neb.

"We can have rallies until the end of time but in order to truly affect change, we need to change the players," Kremer said. "To see the corruption in Washington, D.C., is just astounding."

When Kremer is home, her nerve center is an upstairs office with plenty of Live Free or Die decorations.

But her office is relatively new. It didn't used to be that way. For nearly two years, she waged her war at the kitchen table until her family got tired of it.

"For a lot of women, the kitchen is the heart of the home, so that's where we're most comfortable. And everything revolves in and around the kitchen, so it was only natural that it should be here," Martin explained.

Constitutional Moms

In a country where the constitution begins with the words, "We The People," it makes perfect sense that it is left to ordinary moms who believe they are fulfilling their constitutional duty.

"I considered myself a Republican for so long and now I just consider myself an American first," Martin said.

"I need to be looking beyond the party to make sure what the person is standing for is good for America," she added.

These two moms represent millions of mothers who care deeply about their country. Yet many moms haven't taken the plunge yet to get involved in the Tea Party movement.

For stay at home moms, the lack of time and a busy life is always an issue.

"You don't have to step into it and allow it to consume your life," Kremer said. "If you truly want to get involved, do it by starting a small book group or a constitution study group or something just with some other moms."

The God Factor

Both ladies will tell you that all of this wouldn't even be possible without the hand of God.

"God's important in my life. He is," Kremer told CBN News. "I don't wear it on my sleeve, but He is very much a part of my life."

Martin always keeps an important Bible verse close to her heart.

"One verse that always stands out for me is 'Trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, and all your ways acknowledge him and he'll make straight your paths,'" she said.

"Sometimes I don't know exactly what I'm doing and I just reach down and have that faith in God that if I rely on God, I'm going to figure out the right thing to do," Kremer added.

For these Tea Party moms of Atlanta, Ga. -- so far so good.

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