Gingrich: Tea Party Movement Will Be ‘Militant Wing Of The Republican Party’

Ron Sachs

While speaking last night in Pennsylvania, former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) predicted that the Tea Party movement would be an important part of the Republican party — the “militant wing,” in fact.

Gingrich said that the Tea Party movement is a “natural expression of frustration with Republicans and anger at Democrats,” the York Dispatch repots. However, he said that it would not turn into a third-party movement, but is instead “more likely to end up as the militant wing of the Republican Party.”

One attendee, teacher Susan Livermore, disagreed with that characterization. “I wouldn’t use the word ‘militant,'” Livermore said, saying that is simply for lower taxes and “government getting out of my life.”