A press release from the Florida Tea Party, sent to IPR and TPID via email:
Kissimmee City Commissioner Carlos Irizarry joined the Tea Party today when he changed his registration from Republican to TEA at the Osceola County Supervisor of Elections office. Tea Party Executive Director John Hallman and other tea party supporters were present to witness the change in party registration.
The Tea Party is running 22 candidates for public office, including Jose Alvarez (TEA – Kissimmee) for the Florida House, District 79 against “Tax Hike Mike” Horner, an incumbent who is one of the prime sponors for the Obama-stimulus rail boondoggle.
Irizarry will be up for re-election on the Tuesday ballot in the City of Kissimmee. Irizarry faces five (5) opponents. If a majority is not reached, there will be a run-off between the top two vote-getters.
Commissioner Irizarry has a record of opposing tax increases and is also opposed to the proposed school board tax increase on the November ballot.