Last night, Jan 22nd, I attended the Tea Party GOP Debates for the 5th Congressional District in Virginia. There are 7 candidates trying to win the republican nomination to run against Democrat Tom Perriello. One candidate, State Senator Robert Hurt did not show up, even though organizers reach out to him and schedule the debate to accommodate his General Assembly schedule.
This is certainly not the way to gain Tea Party support, as someone commented "What part of Massachusetts do you not understand?"
You can read more about the debate on Virginia Tea Party Patriot Federation