(In Massachusetts, it nearly came to blows between the Greater Boston Tea Party and its affiliates all around the state - and the bachmannized johnny-come-later Mass Tea Party Coalition last spring:
Greater Boston Tea Party - For Immediate Release 4.11.12
Boston April 11, 2012 ---In keeping with the Greater Boston Tea Party's tradition of welcoming all that want to preserve our Constitutional freedoms, we will be neither endorsing nor attending the rally on the Boston Common scheduled for Sunday, April 15, 2012. In fact, we encourage tea party activists to avoid the event. Sponsored by an unfamiliar "Mass Tea Party Coalition", the lack of communication and collaboration with established tea party organizations concerns us that this is an organization bent on damaging the good name of the tea party movement.
For nearly three years, Greater Boston Tea Party has been strongly focused on the serious fiscal issues facing the Commonwealth and this country. Our organization does not take positions on social issues, such as gay marriage or abortion. While these issues are important to many people, including some of our members, they do not apply to our mission of advocating for personal responsibility and individual Liberty.
The Mass Tea Party Coalition has a radically different view on tea party activism. Their main focus appears to be the above social issues, as evidenced by the speakers they have chosen for their rally, including two well known anti-gay activists. The coalition claims to represent 40 groups but there is little evidence of this being accurate. We know of at least one legitimate Tea Party group that has asked repeatedly to be removed from the "coalition", but to no avail. Their unprofessional behavior and unwillingness to communicate with other established tea party organizations are distressing but to be expected as part of political activism.
"We are fortunate that the majority of the independent tea party organizations in Massachusetts have agreed to come together and share our collective message of preserving the Constitution and the principles of good governance therein", said Christine Morabito, president of the Greater Boston Tea Party. "On April 15, the Greater Boston Tea Party is proud to be joining with the Worcester County Tea Parties for their 4th annual Tax Day Rally. The Worcester group has proven to be an earnest, honorable grass-roots organization, and does a fine job of representing the conservative center of the state."
Dual Tea Party rallies in Boston, Worcester highlight split within movement - Metro - The Boston Globe
Except every single one of my friends back in MA knew about the Greater Boston TP (whether they approved or not) - and not a single one ever heard about the Mass TP Coalition - until that week in April.