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‘Nullifers’ revolt creates tea party divide

by Dara Kam | December 6th, 2012

A group of tea party organizations is apologizing for what they called “disrespectful and inappropriate behavior by some conservative activists at a Senate committee meeting earlier this week.

Leaders of more than a dozen Florida-based tea party groups – including Palm Beach County Tea Party’s Pam Wohlschlegel – signed off on a letter sent the apology to senators today while asking lawmakers not to create a state-based health insurance exchange. That was the issue that drove dozens of tea partiers led by lawyer KrisAnne Hall, who later got into it with Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville. Hall and others were demanding the state “nullify” the federal health care act, upheld this summer by the U.S. Supreme Court.

“Our compatriots were responding from an over-abundance of passion for freedom. They were spontaneously trying to participate in a process that has been frustrating and opaque for years and their response was not pre-meditated and not intended to interfere in your process,” the leaders wrote today. “However, speaking over a sitting Senator who is using his allotted time to represent his constituents is unacceptable. We cannot allow basic rules of civil conduct to be violated and we will endeavor to ask our fellow patriots to respect the process in ways we ask to be respected as well. We stand ready to assist you in your efforts to protect the natural rights of Floridians protected by the Florida and U.S. constitution to life, liberty and property.”

Some of the tea partiers at the Senate committee’s Monday meeting interrupted and booed Senate Democratic Leader Chris Smith, D-Fort Lauderdale. Smith pointed out that the U.S. Constitution is an “imperfect document” that had to be amended to do away with slavery.

Gaetz further angered Hall with a history lesson about Andrew Jackson that included a reference about shooting and hanging Civil War-era “nullifiers” that launched an Internet firestorm.

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9 Responses to “‘Nullifers’ revolt creates tea party divide”

  1. tea party is anti-american Says:

    ENOUGH of this insanity.

    The Republican Party needs to stand up to the disgusting anti-American Tea Party mob once and for all.

  2. Kevin Says:

    I actually agree with the Tea Party in asking our right wing state legislature not to set up the health insurance exchanges. Not because we don’t need them but because theses people cannot be trusted to do it in the best interest of the people in the state. Let the Fed’s do it so it’s done properly.

  3. John Adams Says:

    I wouldn’t trust KrisAnne Hall’s view on anything. As a state’s attorney here in Gainesville, Fl, she exhibited tunnel-vision, narrow-mindedness, and a total lack of objectivity. I’m not surprised she embarrassed the tea party adherents. Given her behavior in this instance, a person of her ilk is probably proud of herself. She needs to be muffled for everyone’s benefit.

  4. David Says:

    John Adams I agree. She and a select few believe they can run everything and rule others. Maybe they should fire her as the prosecutor did prior.

  5. The Royal Obamas Says:

    TOTAL annual cost (budget) to support a royal family:
    *The British royal family (The Windsors): $58 million
    *The U.S. royal family (The Obamas): $1.4 billion.

    NOTE: Obama’s holiday vacation in Hawaii will taxypayers $8 million. Happy holidays all you working stiffs!

  6. paul Says:

    @The Royal Obamas:

    Grow up.

  7. Ted the Nimble Says:

    Yes Got to love Obama! He fights for the middle class! He is just like the other fellow communist. Leaders live lavishly and the middle class turns into the lower middle class. No rich, just rich commi leaders.

    At least the Tea Party is not anything like the Teamster commi thugs protesting at the Capital in Michigan! DOWN with Unions! and communist collective bargaining. It just doesnt work commi libs.

  8. Searcher Says:

    The TEA-TWIT are learning that their power has PEAKED and they are on a DOWN HILL slide. People no longer fear Grover Norquist or the TEA-TARDS. Sorry folks, but your 15 minutes is about OVER!

  9. Ted the Nimble Says:

    Thats Right Loser Socialist! Our power is now gone. You bloodsucking leaches can now live off our hard work until you spend it all or we just say no more of our money will go to you dead beats.

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