GOP watch: Steele courts Tea Party

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Politico and the Washington Post report that Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele will meet with 50 Tea Party activists today on Capitol Hill.

Politico’s Vogel writes that “Tuesday will mark the first large-scale get-together between the national party and grass-roots activists from a wide array of regional tea party groups.” But some “tea partiers have pushed back against Republican groups wrapping themselves in the movement’s flag. Jenny Beth Martin, a founder of the umbrella group Tea Party Patriots, remembers asking the Republican Governors Association to drop the ‘tea party’ name from a tele-town hall effort with governors popular in the tea party crowd.”

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