This is the first video story I worked on for CQ Roll Call. I really enjoyed working with video reporter Andrew Satter, who coached me through the voice-over. Here’s the piece:
The honeymoon was brief for tea partyers and the new members of Congress they helped elect.
In their rush to make sure the soon-to-be lawmakers don’t “sell out,” the tea parties have struggled to strike a balance between supporter and watchdog.
That tension came out when Tea Party Patriots irked some of its closest allies by publishing their cell phone numbers—which were collected by campaign volunteers entrusted with the private data—in a call to action.
Hundreds of activists called freshman lawmakers on a Friday night demanding they attend a tea-party event lunch over one being hosted by a more established conservative group.
“[The members] were just like, please call the dogs off,” Debbie Dooley, a Patriots national coordinator, said.
Read on and see the video.