Would tea partiers support Romney against Obama?

Brandon said if Republicans nominated a candidate such as Mitt Romney, who signed into law the Massachusetts healthcare reform bill that contains similar provisions to Obama’s healthcare reform initiative, it could trigger a Ross Perot-type third-party candidacy.

“If you’re looking for the fertilizer for such a thing, I could see that happening,” Brandon said.

He emphasized that his group does not want to see a Tea Party candidate siphoning off conservative votes in a general election, but warned it’s a possibility.

Tea Party voters are already grumbling about the five GOP senators who voted this week against Ryan’s spending and Medicare reforms.