Chicago Tea Party Patriot organizer Catherina Wojtowicz denied being the “Chicago-area rival” that tipped off Gawker.com about TeaCon 2011 organizer Steve Stevlic’s prostitution solicitation arrest.
The sordid details of Wojtowicz and Stevlic's bitter feud and the splintering of Chicago's Tea Party movement have been burning up Chicago's conservative blogosphere for years. Wojtowicz claims that she and several members broke off from Stevlic's group to form their own Tea Party faction on Chicago's Southwest Side — the Chicago Tea Party Patriots.
Wojtowicz told Patch her phone has been going off all day with media calls confusing her faction — which she says is “Chicago’s true Tea Party” — with Stevlic’s group.
Wojtowicz is not without her own public relations baggage.
In 2009, she shut down a town hall meeting on health care reform hosted by Congressman Dan Lipinski (D-IL) in Oak Lawn, IL. Former MSNBC anchor Keith Obermann named Wojtowicz "Worst Person in the World" after her group heckled a woman who spoke out at the town hall about her daughter-in-law and unborn grandchild dying of septic shock because her daughter-in-law didn't have health care insurance.
She also claimed last December that someone tried to firebomb the Tea Party Patriots' Christmas party at a South Side Chicago cop bar.
Originally she wasn't planning on going to TeaCon 2011 because of the $258 ticket price, but after news of Stevlic's sex scandal broke, she was racing from Mt. Greenwood on Chicago's Southwest Side to the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center where she planned to stage a press conference on Saturday afternoon.
“Let me make this very clear: There is no relationship between the two groups whatsoever,” Wojtowicz said in a press statement.
She further stated that, “Mr. Stevlic was removed from our Tea Party two years ago for inappropriate behavior towards a female Tea Party member. We never worked with him or his group and never will.”
In her rambling press statement, she also demanded that fellow conservatives "disavow" him because "prostitution is is very inhuman and humiliating."
A few days before the Gawker story broke, learning that Patch had spoken to his archrival Wojtowicz, Stevlic asked to know specifically what she said about him because “I’m going to speak to my lawyer about slander.”