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Arizona Tea Party Members Officially Reject Tea Party License Plates; New Plates are Counter to Principles

Members of the Arizona Tea Party have firmly rejected the idea of the state's new Tea Party license plates.

The plates symbolize big government and seem counter to Tea Party principles, a spokesman for a local Tea Party group told the Huffington Post today.

You'd think the tea-baggers would have figured this out before the state wasted time and money passing this thing to help them. Now it's actually causing division in the ranks.

"Arizona's tea partiers understand, recognize, and fully appreciate that the bill was well-intentioned, but its unintentional consequences has created unnecessary divisiveness among Arizona Tea Parties, and have subjected Arizona Tea Parties to unfounded scrutiny questioning our commitment and adherence to the foundational principles of the Tea Party Movement," said Annette McHugh, Arizona State Coordinator for Tea Party Patriots, in the Post article. "We want less government, not more."

Some Tea Partiers told the New York Times earlier this month they weren't happy with the law authorizing the plates.

As you can see from the link above, the Arizona Tea Party also put out a written statement today saying that programs like the one producing the specialty license plate will only serve to make the Tea Party dependent on government. The party wants to be self-reliant, it says.

Self-reliant -- as in relying on the oil-exec billionaires helping to fund the movement.

If you still think the "Don't Tread On Me" flag makes a cool-looking license plate but don't like the Tea Party, go for it.

You can explain to your friends -- correctly, it seems -- that the plate stands for everything the Tea Party opposes.

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.
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