'Tea Party of Nevada' Is a Conspiracy, Says Tea Party

Group just a liberal plot to reelect Harry Reid
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 15, 2010 12:44 PM CDT
Some Tea Partiers believe Harry Reid is behind the Tea Party of Nevada.   (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)

(Newser) – The Tea Party of Nevada’s most vocal opponents aren’t Democrats; they’re tea party activists. The Tea Party of Nevada has formed an official third party, and will be fielding its own candidate in the race to dislodge Harry Reid. But that’s drawn howls of protest from tea party groups that oppose officially forming a third party, with some even accusing the group of being a ruse cooked up by Democrats to split the conservative vote.

Tea Party Nation even sent out one message complaining that people were using its TPN acronym to refer to the “liberal-funded Tea Party of Nevada.” Those subscribing to the imposter argument point to the group’s secretary, Barry Levinson, who they accuse of being a registered Democrat and Bush critic. But the Tea Party of Nevada’s bylaws sure seem conservative, Talking Points Memo reports, and a recent Las Vegas Sun article argued that its candidate is “no stooge for Harry Reid.” (Read more Tea Party stories.)

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