CNBC’s Rick Santelli: Father of the Tea Party Movement?

By Matt Dornic 

Author of new book “A New American Tea Party,” John O’Hara tells Washington Whispers‘ Paul Bedard that although CNBC’s Rick Santelli refused to be a spokesman for the tea-party movement, his role was “very important.”

“Santelli said what a lot of people were thinking and afraid to say,” O’Hara says of the reporter’s Squawk Box rant a year ago.

A strategically humble Santelli explained that while he doesn’t think there is a beer summit in his future, “it’s very gratifying that four minutes out of [his] life made a difference.”

Check out Washington Whispers for the full scoop.

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