Massachusetts Tea Party activists are not happy with their state's Republican establishment.
At a meeting for the Leicester/Holden/Paxton/Rutland Tea Party group, grassroots leaders accused the Massachusetts GOP of being "too moderate" and "too elite," according to a report from GoLocalWorcester.
The state's GOP leaders are a bunch of "country club Republicans," said Jim McGrath, co-chairman of the LPRH Tea Party. Amongst other concerns, McGrath expressed concern that they hadn't done enough for state representative races.
Another local conservative activist, Dana George Reed, characterized the party in an interview with the local Worcester website as "moderate to liberal," which, of course, is a derogatory statement in the right-wing activist world.
Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, rose to national prominence as governor of Massachusetts during the 2000s. Many hardcore conservatives opposed him during the 2008 and 2012 Republican primaries because of the more moderate positions he took while he was governor of the left-leaning state, despite his attempts to paint himself as a true conservative.
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