Michael Steele Courts Tea Party: Plans Meeting With Local Activists

Across the country, conservative tea party activists -- many new to politics and unaffiliated with, if not averse to, the Republican Party -- are increasingly finding themselves the target of intense GOP courting headed into the critical 2010 midterm elections.

Republican National Committee Michael Steele's plans on meeting Tuesday with about 50 tea party leaders. The California GOP chairman recently trained tea partiers on political organizing and is planning a party-sponsored rally. The South Carolina GOP has a resource-sharing agreement with tea party groups. The North Dakota party chairman hosted a tea party-GOP rally Friday and is urging fellow state chairs to do the same.

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