GOP Sues Florida Tea Party
World Net Daily has rescinded its sponsorship of the Florida Tea Party's 2010 convention after the GOP sued the group in state court. Because the Florida Tea Party is secretly full of Democrats. Via the Orlando Sentinel:
The state Republican Party launched an attack on the Florida Tea Party on Wednesday, paying for lawsuits against several Tea candidates with the hope of ejecting them from races for a congressional seat and three state House seats. It's the latest twist in an escalating battle that pits the Republican establishment and grass-roots tea-party activists against the Florida Tea political party and the firebrand Democratic congressman from Orlando, U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson.Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) responds: "I once saw a dying iguana with an arrow through its skull. It was thrashing around in a way very much like the Republican Party of Florida does today. As for all these whining Tea Parties factions, or fractions of factions, as Shakespeare said in Romeo and Juliet, 'a plague on both your houses.' ''
The Florida Tea Party, established by Windermere attorney Fred O'Neal and political consultant Doug Guetzloe, has put up candidates in races across the state. Most are Florida House races, but Florida Tea Party candidate Peg Dunmire is running against Grayson. Some activists in the tea-party movement — who oppose establishing a formal political party — allege the Florida Tea Party is bogus, and meant to draw conservative votes away from Republican candidates to give Democrats an edge.