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Williams: Minnick No ‘Tea Party Hero’

Mark Williams, the former Tea Party Express chairman and spokesman, told the Idaho Statesman Wednesday that he argued against the group making Idaho 1st District Rep. Walt Minnick the only Democrat on the "Tea Party Hero" list in April. "We reached out across the table to give him a hand and we drew back a bloody stump," Williams said in a phone interview after contacting the Statesman. Minnick at first welcomed the group's endorsement. But in July, Williams wrote a satiric blog post addressed to President Lincoln and signed by NAACP President Benjamin Jealous, calling Jealous "(Uncle) Tom's nephew and NAACP head colored person." "We Coloreds have taken a vote and decided that we don't cotton to that whole emancipation thing," wrote Williams. After Tea Party Express leaders declined to condemn Williams, Minnick rejected the endorsement/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Did Minnick come out ahead or behind by receiving the Tea Party Express endorsement and then rejecting it?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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