Ron Paul Fans’ Tea Party Astroturf

The Examiner reports on a “Tea Party” protest against New York Congressman (and Giuliani-ally) Michael Grimm, which was prompted by Grimm’s endorsement of Mitt Romney today:

Members of the Tea Party are storming the Staten Island office of Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., on Monday to protest Grimm’s endorsement of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Interestingly, the group characterizing itself as a “Tea Party” organization is actually NYC Liberty, a Ron Paul supporter group. It’s not exactly news when Ron Paul fans oppose Mitt Romney, and it certainly doesn’t hurt Romney’s image. But you know what does? Advancing the narrative that Tea Partiers won’t vote for Romney because he’s too liberal on fiscal issues. And that’s exactly what NYC Liberty seems to be doing with its “Tea Party” protest of Rep. Grimm.

One other thing. While some Tea Party groups have come out vehemently against Romney (FreedomWorks being the most prominent one), his poll numbers with self-identified Tea Partiers are actually pretty respectable. A CBS poll from last week showed Romney with 17 percent support among Tea Partiers, beating Perry, Gingrich, Bachmann, and – yes – even Ron Paul, who clocked in at just 2 percent.