Tea Party's Hughes: GOP Divide Stirred by Outsiders

Tuesday, 06 May 2014 05:11 PM

By Joe Battaglia

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One conservative insider says the perceived rift between the tea party and the Republican establishment is being blown out of proportion by the Democratic-controlled mainstream media, but a more symbiotic relationship between the two sides is needed to undo the failed initiatives of the current administration.

Scottie Nell Hughes, news director for the Tea Party News Network, told J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV on Tuesday that the media are responsible for "sitting there trying to cause trouble" between the grassroots and established members of the Republican Party."

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"This [is] really being stirred by people on the outside, because the Democrats know as long as we're divided, they have a much better chance of winning," Hughes said. "When you're dealing with issues like the disaster of Obamacare, $17 trillion in debt, IRS targeting, the truth of Benghazi, it just is a snowball of issues.

"As the momentum continues to grow and roll towards them losing control of the Senate possibly in 2014, and more important of the White House, you're going to see them get more aggressive. They know that they can't necessarily fight us issue-to-issue because we will win, it's better to cause a stir within our own party."

What differences do exist between grassroots and establishment conservatives need to be reconciled, Hughes said, in order to prevail in the 2014 midterm elections and beyond.

Tea partiers "have to find a way to work with them," Hughes said, "because the reality of it is just like the establishment cannot survive without the activist and the passion and the hard work of the grass roots, aka the tea party, the tea party unfortunately is not strong enough right now to stand on their own without, literally, the money which does control politics and the structure of the establishment. If we want to win any elections moving forward, the two parties are going to have to learn to work together, at least for the next two years."

Hughes said she does not think victory in one of the key Republican primaries, like North Carolina's, where Rand-Paul-backed tea party activist Greg Brannon faces Karl Rove-Mitt Romney-endorsed Thom Tillis, is needed to maintain the vitality of the tea party.

"We don't have to win the election today," said Hughes, adding that the tea party goal is a runoff between Brannon and Tillis.

"I already hear the 'lamestream' media sitting there screaming about the tea party being dead and the establishment people toasting each other on the golf course because they think that the elections today might not work out so well for us.

"What they don't understand is that we have already won. We have controlled the conversation. We have controlled the dynamic. We are making politicians have to answer for their votes in the public eye within the Republican Party. Revolutions are not started overnight. It takes strategy. It takes planning. That is where the tea party is right now."

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