February 18th, 2010
09:22 AM ET
13 years ago

Tea Party organizer not for a third party

(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."

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  1. Aspen Professor

    Tea Party translation = Another Republican ploy, bought and paid for by the GOP.

    They want taxes cut, costs – spending cut, but not in there home town, and monies spent to produce jobs. Obviously not knowledgeable in accounting 101.

    The Republicans already tried cutting taxes and raising spending under Bush – Cheney and added 2 Trillion $$$ to our deficit. Obama spent another 1 Trillion $$$ bailing us out of the Bush – Cheney recession to avoid a Depression.

    I think that I will switch to the Coffee Party

    Sign me a Disgusted Republican, thinking of switching to an Independent.

    February 18, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  2. Steph

    Sadly, tea party and republican are becoming synonymous. The far right fringe is stealing your party. Remember, GOP, only 11% of Americans agree with the tea party agenda. Move forward with this marriage at your own peril.

    February 18, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
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