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Tea party’s feud with American Crossroads gets nastier

A group of conservative activists wrote a letter on Wednesday calling for the firing of Jonathan Collegio, the spokesman for the Karl Rove-backed Super PAC American Crossraods, because he called one of them a "hater."

It began on WMAL-FM's “Mornings on the Mall" radio show in Washington, D.C., when conservative activist Brent Bozell accused Rove and American Crossroads of of waging "gang warfare" on the tea party and conservatives. Collegio appeared on the show the next day and dismissed Bozell's comments. "Bozell is a hater and he also has a long sordid history hating Karl Rove too,” Collegio said. “He has weird, personal axes to grind.”

This did not go over well with Bozell, who reportedly interpreted "hater" to mean "racist," and who rallied 24 other conservative activists to sign a letter to Crossroads president Steven Law, calling for Collegio to be sacked. “We, the free men and women of this great nation, affirm everyone’s natural right to speak their mind — but we cannot and will not abide the unjust, personal broadside your aide, Jonathan Collegio, leveled against a man whose family has dedicated itself to advancing the cause of liberty for over half a century," the letter said, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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