Republican officials in Florida believe that the Democratic Party may be using the Tea Party label as cover to influence the state’s upcoming primaries, according to The Miami Herald.
Republicans point out that a number of the tea party candidates in primary registrations are former Democrats, some appear financially strapped to pay the $1,800 filing and others are filing to run in districts far away from their listed address. A number of the seats are also targeted by Democrats for takeover.
"The recent flurry of last minute filings by so –called “tea party candidates” looks awfully suspicious," said Florida GOP Chairman John Thrasher in a statement reported by the Herald. "While a few tea-party candidates across the state do have ties to the tea party movement, in the majority of instances, it appears that the Democrats have coordinated a dishonest attempt to hide phony candidates behind the name “tea party” and to confuse voters who may be supportive of the tea party movement, effectively stealing votes from true conservative candidates and injuring the grassroots tea party movement as a whole."
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