The Richmond Tea Party has been alleging that it is being singled out for unfair treatment from the city of Richmond, Virginia after officials have opened a tax audit of the group. These Tea Partiers complain that the city has been much more lenient on Occupy Richmond (which recently faced arrests after resisting an eviction) and that 99 Percenters are getting preferential treatment.
Yet the Richmond Tea Party just got an unexpected ally in its claim against the city — Occupy Richmond. The group put out a statement defending the Tea Party group and criticizing possible politically-motivated retaliation against it by the city:
After the city accused the Richmond Tea Party of being overdue on tax filings,Occupy Richmond issued a statement saying “it would not surprise us” if the move was “retaliation” for the Tea Party’s criticism of Mayor Dwight Jones. […] “The Tea Party and Occupy movements disagree on many, many issues,” Occupy Richmond’s Thursday statement said. “This should not stop all Americans from proudly standing together against government abuses.”
Richmond Tea Party spokeswoman Colleen Owens says the group “never really had any kind of beef with the Occupy people” and that she’s “glad the Occupy group agrees with us.”
Original article here. ThinkProgress ignores the tea party’s underlying complaint; that while they had to pay hundreds of dollars for permits to hold rallies, the Occupy crowd is able to conduct an ongoing protest and encampment without any permits. Still, credit to the left for recognizing abusive government tactics.