“I didn’t involve myself in all of this to play in a sandbox with children,” says Charles Jay, in reference to internal disputes within the Boston Tea Party.
“This stuff is getting more ridiculous with each passing day,” Jay continues. “Apparently [National Chairman Jim] Davidson feels he has the right to monitor private conversations that take place between BTP Florida members, including those that exclusively concern my campaign, and has accused those who wish to speak freely with others as being ‘conspirators’ in a ‘secretive cabal.’ That’s quite a vivid, and I daresay, childish imagination at work. I speak to whomever, whenever and about whatever I want and I do not surrender that First Amendment right to anyone, least of all the Jim Davidsons of the world. If he doesn’t like it, and considering that I live in Florida, he can kiss me where the sun don’t shine.”
According to a Florida BTP press release, the controversy reached a boiling point on Saturday when Davidson reportedly asked the BTP’s national membership to consider rescinding the party’s endorsement of Libertarian Susan Hogarth, who had been endorsed by the party months earlier. Hogarth, an LP Radical leader, had criticized the handling of BTP matters and had specifically called into question a statement made by then-Vice Chairman Todd Andrew Barnett. The BTP of Florida says Davidson wanted to rescind the party’s endorsement because Hogarth “had the temerity” to question Barnett’s “ill-tempered reply” to an individual who had privately contacted Barnett regarding a “highly sensitive and personal matter.”
In an emergency session of the party’s state executive committee held earlier today, the Boston Tea Party of Florida, in a 4-0 unanimous vote, formally disaffiliated from the national Boston Tea Party.