Tea Party Patriots co-founder Mark Meckler told The Daily Caller that he resigned his leadership position with the grassroots organization last week out of frustration with how money is being spent and how closely the group has aligned itself with Republicans.
Tea Party Patriots (TPP) officials say they’re a coalition of more than 3,400 local tea party groups made up of more than 15 million members.
In an interview, Meckler — a well-known figure in the movement — cited, as an example, how Tea Party Patriots spent $250,000 to sponsor the Southern Republican Leadership Conference presidential debate in South Carolina this year.
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Our own philosophy: When Republicans support our agenda, we're all for them. When they don't, that's another matter. Our local Tea Party members consist mostly of Republicans, but we also have a lot of "independents," Libertarians, AIP, even a few Democrats, "state citizens" and sovereigns. Some of our Republican members are furious at John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, the antics of CRP, etc. If we are expected to follow the party line at all times, the Tea Party would have no purpose. On the whole, the Republicans are much better than the other dinosaur party, so we are more likely to support their candidates, but not all of our members agree, nor are they required to do so. Personally, I'm a GOP state delegate, so I am pledged to support their candidates. If some are nominated who clearly do not follow the Republican platform, that will make for a very interesting discussion.
As far as TPP, Mr. Meckler, Ms.Martin, etc., ditto. Generally, they have been unresponsive to our wishes and have their hand out for money all the time. They often presume to speak for us. They have done more good than harm, which puts them ahead of a lot of American institutions.