Tenn. Tea Party Too Divided to Have Much Impact?

Jun 11, 2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn (AP) — Tennessee's tea party activists hope to expand their influence with the fall election, but the movement's various groups may be too divided to have much impact.

The Tennessean reports tea party groups hope to pick off a few members of the state legislature, with the idea of reshaping its leadership. But the groups have not agreed to which members to go after. Nor have they settled on a slate of candidates to support.

The situation in Tennessee may also indicate a broader problem for the tea party movement.

The grass-roots groups have been able to spark a debate about debt and taxes but have sometimes struggled to turn that passion into something more concrete.