(CNN) - Karin Hoffman, the founder of a Florida Tea Party chapter called DC Works for Us, is echoing Sarah Palin's recent comments that the organization should not field third-party candidates.
"Until a third party would actually pull away from both sides of the equation, it really would be disruptive and kind of diminish what we're trying to do," Hoffman said on CNN's American Morning Thursday. "Our goal is in this election cycle… is on a local level we will identify the candidates that best represent us."
Hoffman's comments come two days after former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin - the keynote speaker at the recent Tea Party Convention in Nashville - said it's time for members of the group to get behind either the Democrat or Republican Party.
"Because the Tea Party movement is not a party, and we have a two-party system, they're going to have to pick a party and run one or the other: 'R' or 'D'," Palin said during a Republican Party fundraiser in Arkansas, according to CBS News.
Hoffman's comments also come two days after members of the Tea Party movement met with Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele.
Hoffman, who initiated the event with Steele, said the meeting was an opportunity to be "able to have the patriots and citizens throughout the country come out and response to legislation…to be heard by the political establishment."