Posted Monday, Nov. 15, 2010, at 10:25 AM
has the statement
Tea Party Patriots released to members to explain what, exactly, was the point of the group handing out the cell phones and e-mail addresses of incoming members of Congress, in a statement that anyone could find online, to encourage them not to attend certain orientation events.
Finally, to those who are critical of our efforts, we'd like to ask where they have been when tea partiers across the country have had their personal phone numbers and addresses posted by others. Both Jenny Beth Martin and Mark Meckler have had personal private information posted online, including home addresses and phone numbers. Those who are complaining that congressmen had their personal phone numbers and email addresses listed so that constituents could reach them, didn't express a bit out outrage at the egregious invasion of Jenny Beth's and Mark's privacy. And Jenny Beth and Mark didn't go to the media complaining about it.
On behalf of the tens of thousands of grassroots activists represented by the signatories to this letter, we do not agree with the phone calls and emails some of you have received in the past week prompted by an email sent out by the national leadership of the Tea Party Patriots about your attendance at their "orientation" this coming week. This email was an embarrassment. The circulation of some of your private cell phone numbers and emails was inexcusable.
The leaders within this grassroots movement want the incoming Freshmen Members of Congress to know that the actions from earlier this week are not representative of the entire tea party movement, but are a result of a few leaders from Tea Party Patriots. Their actions are certainly not representative of the overall principles and mission of the movement.
Among the signatories: Amy Kremer of the Tea Party Express. Kremer left TPP in 2009 over that group's annoyance at TPE, which it considered a Republican front group.