Today, the Tea Party Patriots (TPP) released the following statement following the resignations of Tea Party Patriots National Coordinator Mark Meckler and Board Member Ginny Rapini:


“Mark Meckler’s resignation as an employee and from the Tea Party Patriots board follows months of discussions and good-faith differences on how best TPP can serve the Tea Party movement.  He felt it necessary to step aside and pursue other endeavors.  We extend our best wishes to him.  He has done many good things for the movement.


“The Tea Party movement involves millions of Americans.  No one person or even small groups of people are responsible for the movement’s success and vitality. Tea Party Patriots is successful because a great many people have given so much sweat and toil toward our goals of fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government and free markets.


“The entirety of TPP remains committed to providing the movement and also our state and local coordinators with all the tools and support they need to extend the movement’s success throughout 2012 and beyond.  We intend to expand that support which Tea Party Patriots provides.


“The movement and Tea Party Patriots will continue to grow stronger and to build an enduring grass-roots organization that increases public support for our ideals of fiscal responsibility, limited government and free markets.”