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Tea party = Repub­li­can? Not so, say the Tea Party Pa­tri­ots, the nation’s largest tea party or­ga­ni­za­tion that boasts more than 3,300 af­fil­i­ated groups.

“A pledge of al­le­giance to the Repub­li­can Party, or any other party, vi­o­lates what the tea party move­ment is all about and is com­pletely out of touch with grass-roots Amer­i­cans,” says co­founder Jenny Beth Martin.

“The tea party move­ment grew out of dis­il­lu­sion­ment with both po­lit­i­cal par­ties who have re­jected the prin­ci­ples of fis­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity, lim­ited con­sti­tu­tional gov­ern­ment and the free mar­ket. We are in­de­pen­dent and will re­main so,” she adds.

Mark Meck­ler, the other Pa­tri­ots co-founder, says he’s seen lit­tle sup­port for Mitt Rom­ney, not­ing, “It’s pre­ma­ture to say whether any­one would sup­port him if he were the nom­i­nee, and any­one who says that tea par­ty­ers would sup­port him is cer­tainly not speak­ing for the move­ment at large.”

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