Tea Party Groups Maintain Independence from the GOP

Tea party groups in South Carolina and Nevada are demonstrating their independence from the political apparatus of the Democratic-Republican duopoly system of government. The Politico reports on a failed attempt by the South Carolina GOP to hijack the state's grassroots tea party organizations:
The alliance between the South Carolina Republican Party and the state’s tea party organizations seems to have lasted less than a week, as grassroots groups chafed at the idea of being absorbed into the party apparatus . . . The partnership announced Monday by state GOP Chairwoman Karen Floyd and Harry Kibler of the Upstate Coalition of Conservative Organizations, an umbrella group of tea party organizations, was intended to create liaisons between the state party and the grass roots . . . But after getting calls from tea party groups across the country accusing the South Carolina organizations of selling out to the GOP, Kibler and the groups he represents are backing away from the state party . . . Kibler sent a press release Thursday blasting Floyd’s “misrepresentation of facts,” and announced he would be holding a news conference Friday to discuss the relationship. It seems that many who did not trust the GOP’s intentions from the very beginning are now convinced that the GOP’s intent continues to be to confuse, divide and hence conquer this Liberty Movement of which they appeared to be frightened not only in South Carolina, but also all over the nation,” he added.
Meanwhile, it appears that tea party groups in Nevada will attempt to register as an official third party and run their own candidate in opposition to Democrat Harry Reid:
Sun columnist Jon Ralston is reporting that the Tea Party has qualified as a third party in Nevada and will have a candidate in the Senate race to battle for the seat held by Majority Leader Harry Reid. The party has filed a Certificate of Existence but needs to get 1 percent of the electorate to vote for its candidate in November to permanently qualify, according to the report. Ralston reported that Jon Ashjian will be the Tea Party's U.S. Senate candidate on the November ballot. Ashjian still must declare his candidacy. There are six other third-party candidates going through the verification process to appear on the ballot as U.S. Senate candidates — one Reform Party hopeful and five as independents, Ralston reported.

1 comment:

Donald Borsch Jr. said...

Whew! That was a close call, indeed.

I am still waiting for the TEA Party "leaders" to spread their legs for the GOP, but it looks like SC has its head screwed on relatively straight.