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Another tea party right here in Washington DC.
Okay well not exactly.
But there were about fifty tea party activists who came here to Washington today for -- first it face to face me with RNC chairman Michael Steele.
So what's going I'm.
Fox's Griff Jenkins has the story.
-- we're here outside the headquarters of the Republican national committee on Capitol Hill just beyond me.
The cannon house office building behind that.
The US capitol down the street the Supreme Court what's happening here is 750 tea party activists have come to meet with chairman Steele at the tea party activists request.
Now there's no official leadership that's an important note for the tea party movement however one activist Karen Hoffman of the DC works for us.
To -- initiative to have this meeting which sese hoped to achieve it dialogue with the GOP establishment.
Would have -- in the -- we'll let you know as soon as they come out.
I'm with -- I communications -- for the well there's just a real listening session the chairman spoke for awhile and then open it up questions and it was a real good.
Back and forth still going back and forth discussion between the participants how to that meeting ghetto.
It was a great.
-- I am I think one thing that I haven't heard told yet was that week to discuss the constitution and how that's a common thread between.
Tea party groups and the Republican Party and individually -- our concerns were very concerned about.
Sticking to the constitution.
I am from more time to Alabama and done this meeting was -- I came to and expressed my concerns from my tea party group.
About -- deep dissatisfaction with the Republican Party.
And done we established our independence today an open some dialogue and let them know how we feel and it was very did.
We are not being absorbed by the RNC worry movement that wants answers to questions that we feel concerned by the citizens because legislation is being passed recently.
Is not -- liking and we feel is against a very constitution of the station.
Was founded on -- encompassed Democrats Republicans independents right now I consider myself and dependent.
So -- is looking to see what mr.
still had to say it was very cordial there were.
Discussions this is love and even local -- the mild statement this meeting and was.
Initiated by a miss tough them but I know that the -- movement seems to be grassroots has never -- individual.
Leaders that accurate and it will never have a leader -- -- viewers.
Are the leaders.
Your viewers are the grassroots movement there is no leader we have no head -- we will not have a head.
A tea party activist shot video of the meeting and posted on YouTube.
Chairman Steele says the tea party movement is -- reaction to activist government.
So here we are now a year later after.
Tea parties and town halls and not -- events and all types of activities.
That it generated I'm exhilarated at the grassroots level.
And head -- the press is fascinated kind of Peter out and find the page and each one of -- and myself and motives aren't.
When our agenda is what happened -- gender -- That he would -- and you certainly didn't ask what is needed you know we didn't it was definitely tough sell and -- Everybody else do you feel good cars come back you up but we're joined as a good day here that's -- -- thing -- that's -- this is about the this is a little concerned citizens kind of -- and a variety of ways to express their activism.
And you get the folks across the street -- to pay attention.
Rothman joins us live she's the founder DC works for us and organize today's -- -- -- -- -- and tell me.
What prompted you to organize this me.
From day -- we the whole grassroots movement came out of a desire -- people American citizens to have a discussion with the political establishment.
And you know based on the reaction to what's going on legislatively.
So part of that is like going to protests and you know as the -- -- gone on like from.
In Washington DC we have what one point seven million people that come to Washington.
Yet you know congress kept moving forward with legislation that we posted so the natural.
-- of that is to actually have grassroots.
Leaders and you have be able to -- you know discussion with their political establishment.
I know you didn't go to Tennessee to the convention now so your service separate organizations give any idea I mean how DC -- express how big it is.
We have to.
DC where expenses like many grassroots organizations -- in South Florida we have email list that goes out throughout that we have like three groups and South Florida date back in Palm Beach counties.
But there's many grassroots groups that are just like this.
So we work together with.
The best its leaders throughout the state of Florida but also throughout the nation and we realize that when we're working together as one we have the strength in numbers.
Did you hear anything today that disappointed you.
Disappointing no I didn't -- say that in -- would encourage me is the link that the meeting because in the line wasn't this supposed to be one hour.
And it was actually.
At 5 o'clock kept going and we haven't contest after 730 and we had people outside or freeze to death they told us because golf he kept them -- But you know it -- The encouraging part.
As a chance still even know that you know was encouraged -- you know close the meeting.
He want to make sure that every grassroots leader.
They had any question was able to ask the question to be heard did you right or try to contact the DNC to speak to the democratic counterpart to chairman -- that's a great question on there.
With that rain -- to start that conversation is with the Republican Party the platform.
Is wet grass roots are in agreement -- And some.
How -- -- -- about that don't have -- sitting legislators.
Abide by that platform.
Whereas the whole grassroots movement has really sprung from.
A a protest of sorts to DNC's platform which is what's been happening through congress since it.
But giving acquisition -- with the Democrats if you come election listen Republicans -- analyst with the Democrats in here it can't say.
To have a discussion at the grassroots leaders that the DNC that could be yet found a corner.
Now what what disappoints you about the Republican Party.
Why do we know why you part of the serve tea party grassroots activists why -- you part of the Republican Party.
It's -- that particulars.
There's not as strong.
The verbal opposition to what is happening we want -- in and say hey listen this is what's going on what happened like and district 23 in New York.
Let's an example of that for the Republican Party within that district 23 to support -- -- father.
That was this is not here where who what we're about -- -- -- southern race and she endorses the Democrats.
You know -- it's not conservative we're looking for conservative constitutional candidates so that was another thing that just really gave them.
The strength the precious minutes wanna be heard uniformity -- it -- -- one of the guys have interest it was what the grassroots movement is growing or not or whether it's been smart do you have any sense he pointed -- serve that.
Indicators issue and to suggest it's growing -- org or compressing.
With its growing people are coming in the and especially as -- getting into the election cycle.
There's more people that come in and because they wanna make a difference sometimes in -- -- -- felt so comfortable protesting as we did last year against legislation.
But now is like -- difference -- be able to pick the candidates.
And really get behind it unconstitutional -- -- conservative candidates this -- need opportunities so in our groups we've grown we've starting new groups.
In -- finding that people are saying hey it was another -- you know give one located in this area and our group we have plan.
About one and data from a Palm Beach are for our group we have that 180 that come out.
Twice a month ten meetings -- pack up the place which is a great -- -- you prior to this then have someone who attended protests.
I would say the only.
Periodically I mean that without the Susan relatively new faces new I would say -- -- be.
More calling the senators and representatives for the long haul when there's legislation that we're upset went to call them -- representatives and senators as often now and now -- my -- I have them on speed dial in what that was not the case you know -- couple years ago and safer much.
Thank you very much.
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