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Published February 10, 2012, 09:09 PM

3 ND Tea Party Founders Resign; 2 Seeking Office

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Three founding members of North Dakota's Tea Party Caucus have resigned because they're running for office or working on political campaigns this fall.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Three founding members of North Dakota's Tea Party Caucus have resigned because they're running for office or working on political campaigns this fall.

Former North Dakota Republican chairman Gary Emineth says he'll be managing Republican Kevin Cramer's primary campaign for the U.S. House this June.

Fargo architect Paul Sorum is running for the Republican endorsement for governor against incumbent Gov. Jack Dalrymple. And Duane Sand is seeking the GOP endorsement to run for the U.S. House.

Tea Party organizer Perry Schumacher says Emineth, Sand and Sorum quit to end the impression that the Tea Party was behind their political efforts.

Schumacher says Friday the Tea Party is advocating a political philosophy of lower taxes and less government, without backing a political party.

The caucus was organized in April 2011.

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