Budget's Effect on Tea Party and Republican Relations

By: Estephany Escobar Email
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Many Republican leaders got behind the budget deal, but it may have cost them the support of their most passionate allies.

Joshua Huffman, a member of the Shenandoah Valley Tea Party Patriots, tries to save money here and there and feels that politicians in Washington could do the same when balancing the budget.

"It doesn't do nearly enough, trying to reduce the deficit, but sometimes all they do is cut the rate growth of the government," said Huffman.

House Speaker John Boehner recently criticized conservative groups for their lack of support on the budget deal.

"When you criticize something and you have no idea what are you criticizing, it undermines their credibility," said Boehner.

"I have been recently disappointed by Speaker Boehner so his latest comments are not that surprising to me," said Huffman.

Political analyst David McQuilkin said this backlash comes after the Tea Party helped the Republican Party get control of the house in 2010.

"Republicans used them, that is the establishment of the general party, for their own purposes," said McQuilkin.

Huffman said he shares some views of the republican party, but this may change, "If that is the view that the majority of the Republican party takes that fiscal responsibility is not something they wish to engage in any longer, then I guess we will have to go our separate ways," said Huffman.

Huffman said each tea party group may take a different approach when it comes to siding with Republicans or acting independently.

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