BEAUMONT- by Ashley Gaston/ KFDM News - Southeast Texans who are affiliated with the TEA party say the TEA party is not to blame for Mitt Romney losing the presidential race.
Some Democrats and even some Republicans nationally have said they believe the group may have pushed the GOP to the right and affected the Presidential Election.
Six News anchor Ashley Gaston met with the Southeast Texas TEA party for reaction.
Those involved with the local group say they're not Republican or Democrat. They want free markets, fiscal responsibility and what they call a government that is run according to the constitution.
KFDM News went to Rogers Park in Beaumont and sat down with several people who are involved with the Southeast Texas TEA party.
They say people make the assumption the group supports republicans only. But the group told us that simply isn’t true. They said they vote for the people who believe in their conservative values. People who often found a TEA party bus at their rallies like Ted Cruz, Randy Weber, and James White.
The Southeast Texas TEA party told us they'll keep an eye on the politicians and hold them accountable.
They said if a Democrat ran for office and believed in the same constitutional values, they would vote for that person.
We asked those who are part of the local group if they think the tea party cost mitt Romney the election.
Judy Nichols said, “I think Mitt Romney’s incompetence cost him the election. It’s on Mitt Romney, it's not on anybody else."
Jeff Sadighi said, "There’s a lot of assumptions, there is no TEA party. There are a lot of unaffiliated groups, concerned citizens that have gotten together over the core values.
The local group we spoke with told us they're not happy with the outcome of the election. They said they have a lot of work to do to recruit other like minded people to their group.
They told us they want people who believe in individual responsibility and the constitution.