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Tea partiers pull back from alliance with South Carolina's Republican Party

The alliance between the South Carolina Republican Party and the state’s tea party organizations seems to have lasted less than a week, as grass-roots groups chafed at the idea of being absorbed into the party apparatus.

The partnership announced Monday by state GOP Chairwoman Karen Floyd and Harry Kibler of the Upstate Coalition of Conservative Organizations, an umbrella group of tea party organizations, was intended to create liaisons between the state party and the grass roots and help the two work together to elect more conservative Republicans.

“This agreement is a start,” Kibler said Monday. “Having our groups work together will be of great benefit to the Republican Party and the state of South Carolina.”

But after getting calls from tea party groups across the country accusing the South Carolina organizations of selling out to the GOP, Kibler and the groups he represents are backing away from the state party.

“Everybody started dumping on Harry. He was getting calls from tea party people in California asking, ‘Why did you sell us out?’” Roan A. Garcia-Quintana, executive director of the South Carolina group Americans Have Had Enough, said in an interview Friday.

In interviews with POLITICO and other news outlets, Floyd insisted that the arrangement was organized from the bottom up — with GOP activists in Greenville getting the ball rolling.

But Garcia-Quintana said he and other tea party organizers feared the push came from Floyd all along, and her appearances on several national television shows this week to tout the alliance made them more suspicious.

"The beauty of this,” said Floyd on "Morning Joe" on Monday, “is that this was not something that the South Carolina Republican Party pushed down. This is something that was organic. It came about by people on the grass roots coming together and saying, 'Look, we have these common values. We have these common goals.'"

“Her little tour made it sound like she was up to something, and these people don’t trust her,” said Garcia-Quintana, who worked with Kibler to create the partnership

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