Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is viewed by some people as a prominent voice in the Tea Party movement, but this Friday she’s coming to Eugene as a guest of the Lane County Republican Party. In Oregon, the GOP and the Tea Party seem to be on relatively amicable terms. This could be because the Tea Party hasn’t endorsed any candidates here, as they have in other states, such as Florida, where they’ve been accused of dividing conservatives.
The Tea Party is a grassroots political movement that started in early 2009 with some coordinated protests against the bank bailouts. The group identifies as nonpartisan, but a recent poll shows their members lean pretty decisively to the right.
Where do Republicans and Tea Party activists overlap in the Pacific Northwest? How have you responded to the Tea Party movement?
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OPB | Sept. 22, 2016