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Tea Party registered as Florida political party

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It started off as a small movement that eventually picked up the backing of multiple conservative news outlets and became a rallying point for those opposed to President Obama’s domestic policies. Now, the “Tea Party” has been registered as an official minority party in the state of Florida, according to The party was registered by Orlando lawyer Frederic O’Neal, who will also serve as the party’s chairman.

The new party will likely be in the mode of the Conservative Party that ran a candidate for the open congressional seat in New York’s 23rd District. During the race for that seat which ended last week, the Conservative Party candidate was able to drive a wedge between moderate and more conservative Republicans and eventually become the only opposition candidate to the Democrat in the race.

Still, it remains to be seen if a major-party candidate might switch over to run on the “Tea Party” line. One potential candidate could be Marco Rubio, should he lose the Republican primary for the Senate seat to Governor Charlie Crist. Rubio and Crist’s race in 2010 may be a bellwether of the struggle between the more conservative and more moderate wings of the Republican Party for overall control of the party.

According to Politico, the Tea Party is now one of 32 minor political parties certified in the state of Florida. Among the others who have been certified: The Real Food Party of the United States of America, the Prohibition Party, and the Florida Socialist Workers Party.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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