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12-04-2009, 11:41 AM
USA TODAY’s Oren Dorell introduced us to the Tea Party Patriots in early April when they were organizing tax protests around the country.

The movement then gained national attention during summer town hall meetings on health care and a Sept. 12 march in Washington. It has grown from the original 22 people on a conference call in February to almost 900 groups around the country.

One person in Florida even registered a Tea Party with the Florida Division of Elections.

“Any group of citizens organized for the general purposes of electing to office qualified persons and determining public issues under the democratic processes of the United States may become a minor political party of this state,” says Jennifer Krell Davis, spokeswoman for the Florida Division of Elections.

Jenny Beth Martin, a national coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots, says her organization has no connection to the registered political party in Florida and has no aspirations to become a third party, but they expect candidates to align themselves with their group in the coming months.

Lately, several lawmakers have started to align themselves with the Tea Party movement.

Politico reports that Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C.; Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga.; Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.; and Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C.; all appeared on a panel at a screening of Tea Party: The Documentary Film on Wednesday night in D.C.

Dr. Rand Paul, an ophthalmologist and Texas Republican Congressman Ron Paul’s son, is a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Kentucky who has become a poster child for the Tea Party movement, says Jennifer Duffy, a senior editor for The Cook Political Report.

Paul’s website features an upcoming “Tea Party Money Bomb,” a fundraising campaign meant to “dump” a large amount of money into his account – just like colonist dumped tea into Boston Harbor in 1773.

“The Tea Party is a vehicle for voter anger. Whether it is a sustainable movement is not clear. It stems from Republicans who believe the party has lost its fiscal compass,” says Duffy.

Martin says they will continue to hold events around the country.

“We really are bottom up. We’re going to go back to our local coordinators and we have a national conference call on a weekly basis. We’ve been doing that since Feb. 20, and we discuss what we are doing and where we are going next,” says Martin.

(Reported by Andrew Seaman)


12-04-2009, 11:46 AM
Next thing you know, these bloggers will be writing how the TEA PARTY folks are advocating pre-emptive attacks, and want the FED left independent.

12-04-2009, 12:07 PM
The Dec. 16 moneybomb has to be BIG or they will write us off as a flash in the pan... everyone, if you have some spare time, please help us spread the word about Rand's Tea Party! We're working hard here in KY, so any assistance is much appreciated. :)

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