A Tea Party leader in Florida wrote over the weekend that he will no longer work with the leadership of the national Tea Party group Tea Party Patriots after TPP declined to join a new Tea Party Federation, and, while this in itself is not news, his complaint about Tea Party "egos" points to the sometimes fractious nature of the movement, and the difficulties involved in its smooth perpetuation.
Tea Party Patriots, which facilitates coordination between local and regional Tea Party groups, and which claims to represent 15 million members nationwide, did not join.
Since I have joined the Tea Party Federation I have become an outcast. I have been called a traitor and worse. It is for that reason that two weeks ago I informed the board in a conference call that I will continue to relay information to my Tea Party Patriot group, however, I will no longer work within the leadership until they realize that this movement is bigger, better, smarter and more important than a few board members and their personal feelings.
Much of Stublen's blog post amounts to an airing of dirty laundry about TPP, none of which I have verified independently. So keep that in mind. I have no reason to think Stublen would make any of this up out of thin air, but remember that none of it has been verified by third-party reporting. Stublen, obviously, is displeased with TPP at the time of its writing. If TPP feels it appropriate to respond, I will be happy to add their comments to this post.