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Anti-tea party GOP group hosting Amelia Island getaway



Conservative bloggers are sounding alarms about a moderate Republican group's retreat set for next weekend on Amelia Island.

The Republican Mainstreet Partnership PAC event is reportedly attracting about two dozen Republican lawmakers, including high-ranking Reps. Eric Cantor, R-Va. and Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. Speaker John Boehner was "in talks" to attend but will not, the Daily Caller reported.

The PAC is an offshoot of the Main Street Partnership and was started by former Rep. Steve LaTourette, R-OH, to promote GOP candidates over more hard-line tea party rivals. 

"To make Washington work again, we need more – not fewer – elected officials who are willing to put partisan politics aside to work for the greater good," the group says on its website. "That’s where the Republican Main Street PAC comes in – we support Republican candidates who are committed to governing and to making Washington work again."

That's stirred significant backlash among tea party groups, who accuse LaTourette of being a RINO. The Florida getaway, to be held at the Ritz-Carlton, has lit up conservative blogs.

"Notice within their description of ‘what we do’ they very specifically state that they are working for the ‘greater good,' " read a post on Tea Party News Network. "Those words and that ideology, the ‘greater good,’ are not only code words for Progressivism; they are as well for Communism."

[Last modified: Monday, March 31, 2014 9:29pm]


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