In February, in the wake of the National Tea Party Convention, a group of tea party leaders got some more attention by launching the National Tea Party Federation, intended to act as one-stop-shopping for movement takes on political issues and controversies. Today, Tea Party Nation — the group that organized the convention — left the federation. From the statement:
Tea Party Nation has decided to withdraw our membership from the National Tea Party Federation. We believe we are the best people to represent the voice of our membership as we also believe each individual tea party group can best be the voice of their membership.