Tea Party members meet with Tennessee state representatives during lunch at the Tennessee Legislative Plaza in Nashville

 
Tea Party members meet with Tennessee state representatives during lunch at the Tennessee Legislative Plaza in Nashville
Tea Party members Rachael Proctor (obscured), Mishelle Perkins (2nd L) and Kurt Potter (2nd R) meet with Tennessee Senator Kerry Roberts (L) and Representative Joe Carr (R) during lunch at the Tennessee Legislative Plaza in Nashville, Tennessee April 4, 2012. In 2010, Republicans wooed the Tea Party movement, promising them lower taxes and constitutionally limited government - where real power would devolve to the states and the federal government would be restricted to areas like national defense. In return, Tea Party activists helped Republicans expand majorities in red states like Tennessee and take the U.S. House of Representatives and 20 state legislative chambers around the country. These Republican majorities have pushed voter identification and anti-abortion bills, or followed Wisconsin's lead in curtailing public sector workers' collective bargaining rights. Picture taken April 4. REUTERS/Harrison McClary (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)