Florida Tea Party leader doesn't endorse
January 29th, 2012
02:13 PM ET
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Florida Tea Party leader doesn't endorse

(CNN) – The leader of Florida's largest tea party group has chosen not to endorse a candidate in the run up to Tuesday's primary election there.

"My Endorsement is for We the People," Billie Tucker said in an email, "and when you finally have the last man standing – I will work for that man and will do all I can to ensure that President Obama packs his bags and goes back to Chicago."

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An endorsement from Tucker, founder of the First Coast Tea Party, and other grassroots leaders, could sway undecided voters. Statewide polling released over the weekend shows former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney leading the four-man GOP field.

But instead of a plug for one candidate, the group's website lists contact information for each of the campaigns and a suggestion that members volunteer with the "campaign of your choice."

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Filed under: 2012 • Florida
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Billie is waiting for that Koch boys payment to roll in. The GOBP Rove wingnut/teabagger trainwreck implosion has begun.

    January 29, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  2. jbreezy

    gop does not care about how this contry moves forward. in fact they wished we would fall backwards so they could easily win the wh. this country is getting stronger economically and they want to strip it again.

    January 29, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  3. dan

    And, what if Tucker really doesn't speak for "We the People?" There's no monopoly on that clause from the Constitution. What if Tucker is on the losing side of this campaign? The insinuation is that, somehow, the Teapub candidate is the real American. If so, that's some of the worst partisan fringe nonsense in years.

    January 29, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  4. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    And just how many of those tea-party types does Tucker claim to represent?

    January 29, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  5. Busted

    How can you be "we the people" and only support federal subsidies and tax cuts for small demographic interest groups. These people are out of touch with reality

    January 29, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  6. Jerry

    Billie Tucker, and?! Big deal!!! I hope whomever win the nomination refuses your endorsement. With all respect to most Tea Party memebers/supporters; Mr. Billie you are a fraud.

    January 29, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  7. GaryOwen27

    You know, to be a real Tea Partier, you must be a liberal. They are the originals.

    January 29, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Wow, that was kinda cowardly, basically admitting that you've lowered your standards to "not President Obama." That pretty much says it all about what passes for political "thinking" with today's irrational extreme right wing.

    January 29, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  9. donna

    The Republican Party is trying to kill the Tea Party Movement by refusing to allow them to endorse candidates. Tea Party was formed by big corporate bucks to form a political vanguard, but then it went rogue to fight the establishment instead of helping it. So they go silent like a bunch of sheep: all Baaaaa but no bite.

    The Tea Baggers are the biggest joke of the election.

    January 29, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Billy Tucker's bags are already packed to continue his travel with the circus. Bye, bye, now.

    January 29, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  11. Willie Floyd

    Note the comment-"see that Pres. Obama is out of the White House"! Nothing said about work to get jobs, fix the economy, help the middle class. Think that pretty much sums up the Rep. party as a whole. DISGUSTING!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    January 29, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  12. macallen23

    Translation: We know Gingrich can't win, but we don't want to throw in with Romney.

    January 29, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  13. petena

    Can't endorse because they are all losers anyway.

    January 29, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  14. arale norimaki

    to the GOP having Cubans on the ballot means nothing to the general population
    of the Hispanic community. Most Latin Americans don't like Cubans

    Is their a double standard regarding illegal aliens when it comes to Cubans entering the US?

    January 29, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  15. Mario

    Looks like Eric Cantor the Tea Party have lost power in the Republican Party. All of their candidates DROPPING like fly's. It's over for the TEA PARTY!

    January 29, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  16. dickie

    The Republicans of today no longer are the loyal Americans of yesterday. This group has no shame. they exist only for their wealth and personal satisfaction.Their cruelness is proven by acts of planning to do away with our social security benefits, medicare and a host of other important programs. We need to support Obama to clear the Gop house in November.

    January 29, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  17. T'sah From Virginia

    ►"My Endorsement is for We the People," Billie Tucker said in an email, "and when you finally have the last man standing – I will work for that man and will do all I can to ensure that President Obama packs his bags and goes back to Chicago."◄

    What a cop out!! The so-called righteous/Right Tea Partiers are now moving to the LEFT in an attempt to make President Obama a “one-term” President. LMAO – This is a NO WIN!!

    The Tea Party are losers and they know it and they know if they PUSH a candidate too far to the RIGHT; they will lose. This is the reason why Palin's and Cain's endorsement for ginGRINCH does not mean "doodly squat!" As a matter of fact, their endorsement will be the number one factor in ginGRINCH’s decline!

    Obama 2012!!

    January 29, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  18. Orwell proven

    Tea party, time to dress up as American Indians to put the blame on them, Cowardice then, cowardice now.

    January 29, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  19. MWM

    Even the republicans can't support any of the weak slate of candidates.

    January 29, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  20. Michael Spencer

    Florida's largest tea party? Says who???

    January 29, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  21. CISCO4

    MAYBE THE ROMENY CAYMAN ISLANDS AND SWISS BANK ACCOUNT ARE JUST TOO MUCH FOR THE TEA PARTY..HE DOES NOT FIT IN...WITH TEA PARTIES OR COFFEE PARTIES..NOW WINE PARTIES AND CHEESE THAT IS A DIFFERENT CROWD..EH...

    January 29, 2012 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  22. Mike in Texas

    Republican Strategy in the 2000's.
    Drive up the deficit by cutting revenue and increasing spending
    Tell everyone screw you while doing so and borrowing from China
    Lose the House, Senate and Presidency
    Complain that the Democrats are driving up the deficits and they need to take over.

    January 29, 2012 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  23. Valentina

    That's a huge blow to Newt!

    January 29, 2012 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |