The founder of the Arkansas Tea Party organization is taking a run at the U.S. Senate:

The Tea Party movement appears to have produced its first official candidate for national office.

Tom Cox, the founder and chairman of the Arkansas Tea Party organization, announced at a rally on Monday that he will seek the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Blanche Lincoln.

Cox, who owns Aloha Pontoon Boats in North Little Rock, has never sought elected office before. But after organizing a large Tea Party protest against the administration’s fiscal policies in April, Cox said a number of local activists approached him about entering the 2010 race.

“I just believe there is a growing movement across the United States to find candidates that are different, that are more business-minded and so forth because they are tired of our tax dollars beying wasted,” he told CNN in a phone interview.

H/T Instapundit