Tea Party Express Sent to a Detour
July 18, 2010 5:07 PM Subscribe
The National Tea Party Federation has expelled a significant part of its membership, the Tea Party Express.
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It all started on July 13, when over 2000 NAACP delegates
condemned bigoted elements in the Tea Party and asked that they be repudiated. (The bottom of this page
has examples of recent racism.) A war of words ensued
, with Tea Party spokespeople calling the NAACP racist and irrelevant. Mark Williams, spokesman for the Tea Party Express, was particularly harsh
. On July 14, he posted an imaginary letter from "We Coloreds" to "Mr. Lincoln" on his blog. (Scroll down this link
for full text and screen shot.) On July 16, the National Tea Party Federation decided to suspend the Tea Party Express, with expulsion to follow
unless Williams was removed.
Although Williams did take down his "letter" post
, the Tea Party Express did not rebuke or remove him, and the National Tea Party Federation
expelled the Tea Party Express, as promised. Today a Tea Party spokesman called for national "tea summits"
The Tea Party Express has been a significant player in Tea Party politics. It organized
a series of nationwide rallies
, with more planned
for this fall. It has raised money
for prominent Tea Party candidates, including Scott Brown
, Sharron Angle
and Rand Paul
. It is also raising funds to unseat Sarah Palin's nemesis, Sen. Lisa Murkowski