Sunday, September 26, 2010

Knoxnews: Tennessee Tea Party activists upbeat

NASHVILLE - While Tennessee tea parties have blossomed as part of a national phenomenon, the state was already a fertile field for staunchly conservative politics and residents willing to be vocally confrontational in presenting their views.

That may be part of the reason state GOP Chairman Chris Devaney can proclaim, "There is harmony between the tea party and the Republican Party in Tennessee."

If not exactly harmony, some tea party activists depict the relationship as more of an uneasy and perhaps temporary alliance. But certainly, the hostility has not reached the level as in states such as Delaware, where the losing establishment candidate, U.S. Rep. Mike Castle, refused to back the tea party favorite who defeated him in last week's U.S. Senate primary.