Wednesday, April 7, 2010

A different angle on Tea Party demographics

I "Tweeted" a couple of days ago about a Winston Group poll that stated 41% of Tea Party activists are registered as either Democrat or Independent.  Shocking as that is for many, a recent piece from the Associated Press about a purportedly surprising Tea Party protagonist and the support he found for his Congressional run in perhaps the most unlikely of places might raise a few more eyebrows still.  Enjoy:

"Among the 37 black Republicans running for U.S. House and Senate seats in November is Charles Lollar of Maryland's 5th District.  A tea party supporter running against House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., Lollar says he's finding support in unexpected places.  The 38-year-old U.S. Marine Corps reservist recently walked into a bar in southern Maryland decorated with a Confederate flag.  It gave his wife Rosha pause.

I said, 'You know what, honey?  Many, many of our Southern citizens came together under that flag for the purpose of keeping their family and their state together,'  Lollar recalled.  'The flag is not what you're to fear.  It's the stupidity behind the flag that is a problem.  I don't think we'll find that in here.  Let's go ahead in.'

Once inside, they were treated to a pig roast, a motorcycle rally -- and presented with $5,000 in contributions for his campaign."

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