Rep. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) joined the Tea Party caucus on Tuesday but opted not to publicize it because he was preparing for his mother’s funeral.

“He was with his family yesterday making preparations for his mother’s funeral service, which is taking place this morning,” a spokeswoman for Moran said in an e-mail.

An earlier post noted that Moran had not joined the caucus while his primary rival, Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.), had. The two lawmakers are vying for the Kansas GOP Senate nomination.

The Tea Party caucus, recently founded by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), held its first meeting Wednesday. A total of 29 lawmakers have joined the group.