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It was the party's lawyer, Michael Hodge.
Mark Steffek, the man who formed The Tea Party and was described by the Detroit Free Press as a former union steward, was not present. However, dozens of grassroots tea party activists did show up, and appeared to be unanimously opposed to Steffek's creation.
On a vote of 2-2, the Michigan Board of State Canvassers failed to approve The Tea Party political party formation petitions. Hodge said before the vote that he expected to take it to the state Court of Appeals perhaps as early as Wednesday. [full story]Several conservatives have now come together to petition the Michigan Board of State Canvassers to get approval to form The Democrat Party. It is expect that there may be some resistance by the Democratic Party on the basis of misrepresentation and an attempt to disenfranchise the electorate.