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February 18th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Tea Party organizer not for a third party

From CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

(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."

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  1. SteveR

    CNN is misrepresenting DC Works for Us. They ARE NOT a chapter of the Florida Tea Party. They're a completely separate GRASSROOTS organization. They aren't affiliated with the Tea Party organization in South Florida which is headed by Everett Wilkinson who is a Board Member of the Palm Beach Republican Party.

    Karin Hoffman who founded DC Works for Us invited many grassroots leaders from many organizations, including 9/12 and Tea Party groups to join in a meeting with Michael Steele to open a dialog. 50 members from about 30 groups chose to attend. That's the real story.

    February 22, 2010 at 12:03 am |
  2. Sharon T.

    As an independent and tea party member, I have to set the record straight for those on this board who have no idea what this movement is about. It is not a republican or democrat issue it is a PROGRESSIVE issue. There are progressives in both parties and the tea party movement is all about identifying those in both parties to get them out of office. The progressives have fooled many Americans over the years and some of us have seen the light of what they are all about. I hope that those on this board will eventually see just what they are trying to do to how we govern in this country and step up to defend our constitutional republic. All the insults and trying to tie the movement to the GOP falls on deaf ears as those in the movement are no longer paying attention to such trivial remarks as our country is what we are concentrating on now. Negativity is old news and we are moving forward. We hope to see you join with us to hold ALL of the representatives in DC accountable to the will of the people.

    February 21, 2010 at 1:07 pm |
  3. Chuck

    CNN please stop legitimizing this rude, loud minority! I don't know who is being polled, but almost everyone I know finds these tea baggers ignorant and offensive.

    February 19, 2010 at 1:10 pm |
  4. Eddykane

    All these people want is to be back in control, bottom line. The American people are soo dumb when it comes to how the political system works, they will vote them right back into control thinking that things will change and it won't. It is their agenda to make sure everything Obama touches fail, why should they back him on anything, it will destroy their political future. Did you know that the "public option" was a Republican idea, but now they are all backing away from it because Obama is for it. This lady couldn't truthfully answer the question about meeting with the Democrats and stating that they are in control and pushing all these bills through. That's a lie because the Republicans are blocking everything. The media will never stop these folks when they are ranting and spreading their lies because they fear that the person will not return to the show in the future, stop the liars on both sides if you are a "true" media outlet. CNN, Foxnews, MSNBC, they are all in bed with either side, they can careless about the American people, it's about their paychecks which are millions.

    February 19, 2010 at 7:30 am |
  5. A. Smith, Oregon

    Grumpy old white men that entirely compose the Tea Party leadership and movement will simply slink back into the folds of the Republican Party and their corporate masters.

    I love their scratch and sniff test, not republican enough, not conservative enough? Enough said!

    February 18, 2010 at 7:48 pm |
  6. Chuck

    How stupid are people? This whole tea party/ birther/deather "movement" is a FOX/ Limbaugh/Beck creation! Anyone who actually believes these gun totin, kill Obama lunes are not the same right wing people Beck and his boys created, needs to look into Fla. swampland. I wish the media would quit legitimizing this loud, paranoid minority.

    Most of the elected republicans have no concern for the people, only regaining power. That is why they LOVE this tea party sham!Unfortunately, many of their supporters don't seem to have the intellect to grasp the obvious.. they have thrown their support behind flag waving, bible thumping hypocrits and will not let facts get in the way. The republicans are willing to push any absurd lie, ignore the suffering of millions and are piss poor excuses for patriots.

    If a majority of the american people are stupid enough to support the very people who deregulated the banks, lied us into a war, and were (and are) so completely corrupt... then they will deserve the meltdown they will get.

    February 18, 2010 at 12:39 pm |
  7. Howie

    grass roots my lawn mower... they are aligned with the GOP and the GOP will make sure they do not split cause if the GOP lost its wing-nuts, religious zealots, and easily ply-able minds there would be nobody left to vote republican. i'm very sure palin and steele paid their own way to the tea baggers rallies... yeah right!!!... the GOP was in the white-house for 20 of the past 29 years... have you seen government shrink as much as our standard of living has??? its yet another ploy of the GOP to push their agenda at any cost... don't be fooled again...

    February 18, 2010 at 12:25 pm |