Wednesday October 20, 2010
ROME, Ga. (AP) -- A local tea party branch in Rome has backed a
forum for political candidates sponsored by the NAACP.
The gathering set for Thursday was arranged after national
strife this summer between tea party supporters and the civil
rights organization. The NAACP approved a national resolution in
July condemning racism within the tea party movement. Tea party
supporters rejected the charges.
The agreement in north Georgia was reached after both groups
inadvertently scheduled a candidate forum for the same day.
Tea party leader Mike Morton said his group, affiliated with the
Tea Party Patriots, agreed to cancel its event and encouraged
candidates to attend the NAACP forum. A tea party member will sit
on a panel that questions candidates.
Alvin Jackson of the Rome-Floyd County NAACP said both groups
support educating voters.
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