‘Official Chicago Tea Party’ distances itself from heckling by ‘splinter’ tea party group.

At a town hall event in Illinois earlier this month, tea party activists heckled a woman who recounted how her daughter-in-law and her unborn grandchild died because they didn’t have health insurance. These activists were encouraged to attend the event by the Chicago Tea Party Patriots, which sent around a flier railing against “socialized medicine.” After media outlets reported the heckling, the “Official Chicago Tea Party” was forced to distance itself and firmly denounce the heckling, which it says was carried out by a “splinter group.” The organization’s website is now down, replaced with this message:

The site of the Chicago Tea Party Patriots remains up and running.