A common trick of the politician aspiring or veteran, is to find a parade and get in front of it. This is harmless enough. It shows an interest in being a public servant when otherwise well aspected.
The Tea party movement is diffuse. It has no "leader." It has no "leaders." Any journalist willing to talk to tea party members would come this conclusion with only a minimum amount of prodding. One can hardly avoid concluding that our media has no interest in information about the tea party.... or perhaps a fear of this information. Yet I see a great deal of confusion in the media.
The Tea Party is easy to find. We are easy to talk to. Cookies are often served at our local Ithaca New York group. Investigate for your self.