Tea Party movement and momentum

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - By Layron Livingston - bio | email
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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Last year, thousands of Tea Party protestors flooded downtown Tyler and to protest big spending, big government, and big taxes.  In the past several months, more citizens have come forth, while more political candidates have catered to them.  It would appear the Tea Party band is still playing.

"Things haven't gotten better, they've gotten worse," said Tammy Blair, chair of the Tyler Tea Party.

"It's not about the Republicans or the Democrats," she said.  "They are both guilty."

"[The Tea Party] realizes that we're losing the culture of our country, the core values of our country, and we've lost the Constitution," said Ashton Oravetz, chair of the Smith County Republican Party.

Oravetz said health care and other Obama Administration agenda items have only added fuel to the fire.

"Eventually, if things don't work out, I think you could see a third party movement," he said.

Joanna Reagan, president of Texas Democratic Women, does not see that happening anytime soon.

"You might be able to move a vote with anger, but you can't govern with anger," she said.  "You have to be for something.  You can't be against everything," she added.

Most Tea Party supporters are white, married men, over the age of 45, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll.  Most tend to lean "right."

But some said it will take some time before the movement makes more effective moves.

"We're recruiting candidates to run in future elections, right now," said JoAnn Fleming.

Fleming is Executive Director of Grassroots America, We The People, now a registered political action committee in the State of Texas based in Tyler.  She said the Tea Party movement is a longtime coming.

She said the Tea Party movement is still evolving, but agrees it has been a longtime coming.

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