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  [OK] GOP chair rebukes tea party 'militia'
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Last EditedBrandonius Maximus  Apr 13, 2010 04:14pm
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News DateTuesday, April 13, 2010 10:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionA group of tea party leaders and Republican state legislators that wants to create a volunteer militia in Oklahoma has no place in the GOP, state party chairman Gary Jones told POLITICO on Tuesday.

The Associated Press has reported that tea party movement leaders and two Republican Oklahoma state lawmakers — Rep. Charles Key and Sen. Randy Brogdon, also a candidate for governor — have discussed forming a militia to defend against what they see as federal infringements on the state’s rights.

In a phone interview, Jones said that Key, Brogdon and the tea party activists are only talking about forming a militia because “they are trying to make themselves out to be bigger than they are.”

“A lot of these people don’t care about being the majority, they just want a megaphone. They want a voice,” the state GOP chairman said. “Once they get a reporter to cover a story they have a megaphone, and they get pretty loud.”
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