Sunday, May 09, 2010

Maine Tea Party activists install new Republican platform

PORTLAND — In a move that seemed to surprise many established members of Maine's Republican party, a group of Tea Party-style activists redefined the party platform at the convention Saturday.

After the vote, in which a vocal majority supported a wholesale replacement of language worked on by the party establishment since at least January, a string of delegates congratulated Horatio "Ted" Cowan III, a retired marine electrician from Rockland who wrote the adopted amendment.

"This is the first Republican organization to get realigned back to constitutional conservative values," said Blaine Richardson, who said he could trace his roots in Maine back to 1634. "To me, as Maine goes, so goes the rest of the nation. With the national Tea Party movement, more states will follow Maine's lead."