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Tea party speaker cancels appearance

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MADISON (AP) -- An Alabama author who's spoken to white supremacists who believe slavery is ordained by god will no longer appear at a Wausau tea party rally next week as originally planned.

John Eidsmoe was scheduled to appear at the same event next week alongside Jefferson County Circuit Judge Randy Koschnick.

Koschnick complained to the rally's organizer after being presented with information about Eidsmoe's background by The Associated Press. Wausau tea party organizer Meg Ellefson says she was also upset and called Eidsmoe on Thursday.

She says Eidsmoe offered to withdraw from the rally.

Eidsmoe did not return e-mails or phone messages left by AP.

The Southern Law Poverty Center's research director Heidi Beirich says Eidsmoe has appeared before groups with racist agendas.

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