(CNN)– A letter by a large group of Tea Party movement leaders to the top two Republicans in Congress that fires back at a gay conservative group is now itself receiving incoming fire.
The letter by Tea Party Nation and signed by approximately 150 other movement leaders, appears to be in response to a similar letter last week that was put out by GOProud and signed by 17 other Tea Party activist leaders that called for congressional Republicans to deal with fiscal issues right away rather than social issues.
The new letter, put out this weekend by Judson Phillips, the founder of the Tea Party Nation and the man who organized and held the first national Tea Party convention in Nashville, Tennessee in February, starts with a response to GOProud: "Last Monday, a small group of non-Tea Party, non-conservatives, released a letter, trying to claim leadership of the Tea Party Movement and purporting to tell you what the Tea Party movement wants."
Phillips argues that GOProud is not now, nor has it ever been, a part of the Tea Party movement.
Hours later, GOProud responded.
"A letter signed mostly by members of Tea Party groups rather than leaders of Tea Party groups rather than leaders of Tea Party groups seems like an awfully cheap way to try to make it look like you have a lot of signatories. I mean f we asked for anyone associated with the Tea Party movement to sign our letter we could have 5 times that in 24 hours," says GOProud Chairman Christopher Barron. "Second, the letter itself is funny. They only bring up one point GOProud would disagree with – Don't Ask, Don't Tell – and our letter had nothing to do with DADT. Seems they wrote a letter that confirms, rather than refutes, our letter."
The main part of Phillips letter urges Republican Congressional leaders Rep. John Boehner and Sen. Mitch McConnell to defund the new health care law, cut spending, eliminating government subsidies to groups like Planned Parenthood, reduce taxes, ban any type of amnesty for illegal immigrants, and fight the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," which bans openly gay troops for serving in the military.
"We are the people that helped get conservatives elected on November 2. While we do not peak for this movement as a whole, we are a large cross section of this movement and we want to tell you what this movement wants," states the letter.
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