Court Takes Case on 'Tea Party' Name Floridians square off on who can use the title By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Apr 14, 2010 2:47 PM CDT 26 comments Comments Fred Polnisch of Clifton Park, N.Y., salutes during the national anthem at a tea party rally in Albany. (AP Photo/Mike Groll) (Newser) – Who exactly can call himself a member of the Tea Party? A Florida judge will rule on the matter in a trial later this year. Self-described tea partiers are suing Fred O'Neal, who registered the "Tea Party" as a political party in the state. They accuse him of having a liberal agenda and say he's trying to confuse the public. Reuters points out the irony of anti-government protesters turning to a federal court to protect their name. "I looked for the rule book but I never found it," says O'Neal, an anti-tax crusader. "I don't know what it takes to be an authentic Tea Party versus a fake Tea Party."