July 19th, 2010
07:06 AM ET
13 years ago

Tea Party leader says he's done talking about race controversy

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(CNN) - Tea Party activist Mark Williams says he's done discussing the controversy stirred up by his attack on the NAACP, accusing a fellow movement leader of turning the debate into "a World Wrestling style personality conflict."

The National Tea Party Federation, an organization that seeks to represent the Tea Party political movement around the country, has expelled Williams and his Tea Party Express organization because of the inflammatory blog post Williams wrote last week, federation spokesman David Webb said Sunday. In response, Williams announced in another statement on his blog that, "I am refusing all media requests on this" and canceled a scheduled interview on CNN to discuss the controversy Sunday evening, citing a last-minute change in travel plans.

"That careless individual tea partier who assumed the mantel of 'leadership' did so long enough to turn a critical and serious movement and delicate peace with skeptical groups into a World Wrestling style personality conflict with me at the center," Williams said. "There are internal political dramas amongst the various self-anointed tea party 'leaders,' and some of the minor players on the fringes see the Tea Party Express and Mark Williams as tickets to a booking on "Fact [sic] the Nation.' "

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  1. Randy, San Francisco

    Willliams expressed openly what lies in the hearts of extreme winguts in the Tea Party Movement and GOP.

    July 19, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  2. SarahP

    You cancelled the interview because you ARE racist and it is too obvious to hide. Nice try , but maybe Armerican Idol try outs are in order instead to satisfay your hunger for attention? Loser

    July 19, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  3. Frank

    How can you take out a so called leader of a movement that has no leader? Unless that movement has been taken over by the neocons and that we don't want. However he is 100% correct in his assertion that what he said was not racist. Imagine that the Naacp calling someone else racist. Now that is what the article should be about.

    July 19, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  4. JiminNM

    So, is the Tea Party going to become another politically correct, unpatriotic arm of the puppet masters?

    July 19, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
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