BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A battle is brewing. The Westen New York Tea Party Coalition isnow taking aim at some major political players.
Shelly Schratz of the WNY Tea Party Coalition said, "Thepolitical system has destroyed this country."
Western New York's Tea Party movement has begun searching forcandidates to run for state and federal offices. No politicalbackground is required.
"This is the taxpayers of this area and they've been taxedenough, and they've had it, and you can break in if you have peoplethat have the same philosophy," said Schratz.
The Tea Party movement is targeting some heavy hitters inCongress and the New York State Senate. Congressman Brian Higginssays, "bring on the competition."
"It's fine. It's an election year. This is what this process isall about. It's an election year. I'm prepared for it and I have avery, very good record, and I'm very enthusiastic about tellingabout that record," said Higgins.
Encouraged by Republican Scott Brown's victory in Massachusettsfor Ted Kennedy's Senate seat, Tea Party Movement supportersbelieve voters will rally around one main cause.
"The government's spending too much of our money and that'sdestroying the economy," said Jim Ostrowski of the WNY Tea PartyCoalition.
Rus Thompson of the WNY Tea Party Coalition said, "It's time forAlbany to start listening to what we have to say."
The Western New York Tea Party movement picked up momentum lastMarch when hundreds turned out for a rally at Buffalo's InnerHarbor. Thompson wants people's frustrations to be focused ongetting new candidates elected.
"Usually we're voting for the lesser of two evils and we're sickof that. We're sick of the political process, the way that theparties like to put it all together. So we're looking forRepublicans, Democrats, who want to go up against their party.Let's primary these people," said Thompson.
Developer Carl Paladino said, "I'll go in and turn that wholeplace upside down."
Many in the Tea Party are hoping outspoken Buffalo developerCarl Paladino will run for governor.
Allen Coniglio of the WNY Tea Party Coalition said, "If CarlPaladino took the governor's race, that would be incredible, butthere are others. There are all kinds of people. We don't know whothey are yet. We're asking the people to come out."
The Western New York Tea Party Coalition hopes to begininterviewing candidates by the end of next month.
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