The Sudden Death and Flawed Rebirth of the Florida Tea Party

Austin Cassidy at Uncovered Politics:

The Florida Tea Party, an officially recognized political party in the state of Florida, was disbanded earlier this month by former party chair Peg Dunmire.

In 2010, the TEA Party gave many state Republicans cause for concern when they filed more than two dozen candidates for office. Most were inactive campaigns for state house of representatives, filed to punish particular Republican legislators. However, the party did get an elected official to convert when Polk County Commissioner Randy Wilkinson changed his registration to join the upstart party and become a candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in District 12. Former chiar Dunmire also raised and spent a significant amount of money in her own campaign for U.S. House, in 2010.

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