FL: Tea party groups steer clear of GOP branded candidates

By Yaël Ossowski | Florida Watchdog

TAMPA — With the election season intensifying, candidates are looking to the mass collection of tea party groups statewide for support and endorsements.

In nearly all of Florida’s 67 counties, there are more than 100 tea party groups, among other concerned citizen groups, according to FloridaTeaParty.net, which bills itself as the “grassroots hub” of the state’s Tea Party movement.

“A lot of candidates come to us and ask for endorsements,” West Orlando Tea PartyPresident Ron McCoy told Florida Watchdog.

“The question we ask is: where have you guys been the last three years?”

Everett Wilkinson, chairman of the South Florida Tea Party, said the anti-incumbent sentiment that has taken root in Florida has allowed many more individuals to participate in the political process and choose more appropriate candidates typically shunned by party insiders.

Read more: Florida Watchdog

Yaël Ossowski is a journalist, writer, and consumer advocate. His writings and interviews have appeared in newspapers, magazines, and online outlets across the world in multiple languages. He is the founder and editor of Devolution Review and deputy director at the Consumer Choice Center. He was previously a national investigative reporter at Watchdog.org. He has a Master’s Degree in Philosophy, Politics, Economics (PPE) from the CEVRO Institute in Prague, and a Bachelor's in Political Science from Concordia University, Montreal. He currently splits his time between Vienna, Austria and Charlotte, North Carolina.
Website https://yael.ca
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