Romney can give his free speech anywhere he wants to.
If he is allowed to give it under a Tea Party Express banner, clearly a photo-op, then it is a tacit endorsement of Romney by the Tea Party Express.
My issue is with the Tea Party Express. It is salvagable. Mitt Romney is not salvagable.
On the other hand, it’s a little hard for the TPX to pick and choose candidates who can speak on their tour when their end destination is a GOP primary debate that they’re cohosting.
I suspect a number of tea party leaders have sold out. (Starting with the good ol’ Texas boy Dick Armey with his Freedomworks organization.)
Neither Perry nor Romney are legitimate ‘tea partiers’ IMO.