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Tea party hopes to plant Va. roots for 2011 elections

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WASHINGTON — Tea party activists are working to solidify their movement by focusing on state and local races they think will show they are not a one-time uprising tied to this year's congressional contest.

A major focus will be Virginia.

Tea party groups are launching a political action committee to recruit, train and fund candidates, and help them drive a legislative agenda during January's General Assembly session.

The groups see the state's legislative contests as an opportunity to build a network of officials who someday rise through the ranks and compete for statewide offices.

Karen Miner Hurd, founder of the Hampton Roads Tea Party, said she and others now recognize the benefits of experience and creating "a candidate farm club and a bench for conservatives out of the grass roots."

"Virginia is a big 2011 state," said Brendan Steinhauser, director of federal and state campaigns for FreedomWorks, a national tea party group led by former House Majority Leader Richard Armey.

"We plan to have a big impact in that election."

Hurd said a tea party political action committee, called the Virginia Tea Party Alliance, will target Democrats, who hold a narrow majority in the state Senate, as well as "tax-loving Republicans."

"Any Republican who's voted for tax increases or who's voted to restrict our rights under the Second Amendment," she said, "they should definitely be looking over their shoulders."

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November 27, 2010

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