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.