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April 19, 2012

Letter: Rogue group crashed party

To the editor:

I would have preferred to ignore the outlandish letter from the Mass Tea Party Coalition, ("Their tea party rally is this Sunday in Boston," April 13, 2012). However, the piece was so full of non-truths and fabrications that I cannot.

It is well-known that for the past three years, the Greater Boston Tea Party has hosted the Tax Day Tea Party Rally on the Boston Common. While in the process of planning our fourth event, this rogue group of tea partyers announced their intention to hold a rally — with the very same name, on the very same day and in the very same location as ours had been. They decided to make their announcement while myself and another GBTP steering committee member were at a conference in Washington, D.C. This brazen power grab shocked the tea party community.

The letter ridiculously claims that GBTP only has seven members. You would think that with five people collaborating on that piece, they could conduct a little research to determine that our membership is around 400 and growing.

Besides promoting the April 15 Worcester Rally, GBTP had absolutely nothing to do with selecting the date. Had the Mass Tea Party consulted with Worcester (as we had always done) they would have discovered that date was already booked.

This group deeply concerns us with their eagerness to promote rally speakers who are wildly controversial anti-gay activists. Their decision to include such speakers in their rally left us no choice than to publicly distance ourselves from this event. We in no way condone judgmental, hurtful or hate-filled rhetoric against any group of people.

GBTP made a decision at our founding to focus on the fiscal and constitutional issues we believe will unite Americans, not divide us. I have no doubt we made the right decision.

Christine Morabito

President, Greater Boston Tea Party

Haverhill

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