Greater Boston Tea Party elects new president

Boston’s Tea Party movement has had a change in its top leadership.

Christine Morabito has been elected to replace Christen Varley of Holliston as president of the unofficial political group.

Morabito is a psychiatric nurse from Haverhill who has been heavily involved in Tea Party activities since the movement’s inception in 2009, the group said in a statement. She also has served as a committee chair within the Merrimack Valley Tea Party and as a member of the Greater Boston Tea Party’s steering committee since its inception in 2010.

“Christine has been a dedicated activist within the movement and has exhibited outstanding leadership qualities in her writing, her public speaking, and her service to the Greater Boston Tea Party,’’ Varley said in a statement.

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Morabito branded herself both “humbled and honored’’ to take over the group’s presidency.

“When we articulate the principles of limited government, free speech, free markets, individual liberty, and personal responsibility, we will naturally grow our numbers and have a positive effect on public policy, both locally and nationally,’’ said Morabito.

The statement also announced that Patrick Humphries was reelected as treasurer and Varley will slip into the slot as secretary.

The terms begin Jan. 1 and end Dec. 31, 2013.

The elections themselves reflect further maturation and formalization for a loosely affiliated movement that sprang up nationally as President Obama pushed his health care bill in 2009 and members of Congress were confronted with angry questions during town hall meetings back in their districts.

While the movement is not an official political party, per se, and has disparate elements across the country, collectively they displayed their greatest public clout in the 2010 midterm elections, when Democrats were ousted from the House majority.

It suffered something of a blow last week when its House caucus had to relent in the face of public opposition and allow a two-mont extension of a federal payroll tax cut.

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