ROME, Ga. (AP) — A local tea party branch in Rome has backed a forum for political candidates sponsored by the NAACP.
The gathering set for Thursday was arranged after national strife this summer between tea party supporters and the civil rights organization. The NAACP approved a national resolution in July condemning racism within the tea party movement. Tea party supporters rejected the charges.
The agreement in north Georgia was reached after both groups inadvertently scheduled a candidate forum for the same day.
Tea party leader Mike Morton said his group, affiliated with the Tea Party Patriots, agreed to cancel its event and encouraged candidates to attend the NAACP forum. A tea party member will sit on a panel that questions candidates.
Alvin Jackson of the Rome-Floyd County NAACP said both groups support educating voters.