In hopes of clearing the air, the Upcountry Coalition of Conservative Organizations held a news conference in Greenville today. The news conference was prompted after appearances by South Carolina GOP chairman Karen Floyd on national TV raised concerns within the Coalition and other Tea Party groups nationwide that they were being commandeered by the state Republican party.
South Carolina GOP chairman Karen Floyd spoke at the press conference to clarify her actions.
(Floyd speaks to Tea Party concerns MP3 :15)
Floyd speaks to Upstate Tea Party concerns
Harry Kibler is a spokesperson for the Upstate Coalition and says the agreement group to work towards shared goals can stand.
“When the chairman of the GOP went on national television a couple of appearances, a lot of folks got the wrong impression from the message that they saw. We wanted it to be crystal clear–I thought it was on Monday—but we want to be crystal clear that we are independent and we are not a part of the Republican Party and that we will support the most conservative candidate regardless of party.”
Kibler stresses that his group considers themselves “in the same family” as Republicans, but are their own party, the Liberty Party.