The Tea Party is coming to Florida in 2010, and they’re promising to run candidates against Democrats and Republicans in state and national races:
“The current system has become mired in the sludge of special interest money that seeks to control the leadership of both parties. It’s time for real change,” says Orlando lawyer Frederic O’Neal, the new party’s chairman, who couldn’t be reached immediately by phone, in a press release.
A spokeswoman for the Florida Secretary of State, Jennifer Davis, said the party had registered in August, and that its qualified candidates will appear on the ballot in the state.
O’Neal compared his party’s role to that of the Conservative Party in New York’s 23rd District. Florida, however, lacks the “fusion” rules that has allowed third parties in New York to amass influence by offering their ballot line to acceptable major-party candidates.
Personally, I think the Tea Party is a great idea, because a far, far-right alternative to the already far-right trending GOP is certain to divide the conservative vote, which could be a boon for Democrats in Florida.