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Washington (CNN) - Mark Williams, who recently resigned in disgrace as Tea Party Express spokesman, exclusively tells CNN that he is rejoining the conservative grassroots movement. As Williams revealed his new plans he also took a swipe at the Tea Party movement for not being able to move beyond "the cheerleading stage."
Williams revealed, first to CNN, that he is helping to form a political action committee that will channel "Tea Party passion" into electing conservative candidates.
Williams said the effort will be called the "Citizens Reclaiming Constitutional Liberties PAC." He told CNN that paperwork is currently being filed to establish the group and that it should be up and running by August 16. From there, the PAC will proceed in raising seed money and finding candidates it deems conservative enough, Williams said.
"We'll be looking for…conservative young people who have something to offer, something to say and don't identify, in some cases, with either party," Williams told CNN in an exclusive interview.
The effort will first focus on helping candidates in California, where Williams is based. But the long-term focus will be on putting conservative politicians in office who will be reliable conservatives for years to come.
"You don't elect anybody to the White House in [the year] 2030 unless you elect …a dog catcher in 2010," Williams said. "We're fielding conservative candidates outside of the Republican Party structure because the Republican Party can't be trusted."
"Both parties, frankly, have just become so corrupt with special interests that we need new blood," Williams added.
The former Tea Party Express spokesman also took aim at the larger movement, saying it's effectively riled people up – but has not done much with that energy.
"What we're looking to do is channel all of this into something more constructive than standing around at rallies and yelling and just cheerleading," Williams said. "You know the Tea Party thing … the feeling a lot of us had was that the thing had stalled at the cheerleading stage. And we were being bombarded with people asking us, 'Ok, we're worked up, we believe you, we're informed – now what do we do."
Williams resigned as Tea Party Express spokesman after posting what he called a satirical letter pretending to be from NAACP President Benjamin Jealous to Abraham Lincoln.
In his interview with CNN, Williams called it a "stupid and horrible gaffe."
Levi Russell, Communications Director for the Tea Party Express, was surprised to learn about Williams' new venture from CNN. But he was not surprised that Williams is continuing with the mission on which most Tea Party activists agree.
"We didn't really feel that he ever left the Tea Party movement," Russell told CNN. "I think there is plenty of room, ample room in the conservative movement for new groups to form."
As for Williams' assertion that the movement is stalled at "the cheerleading stage," Russell said he agrees.
"You can't rally forever," he said.
"We'll continue having rallies, but that's not the overall point. The point is to bring about real change in the government."