Skip to comments.Tea Party Favors Small Government, Draws Big Crowds
Posted on 04/14/2010 5:25:37 PM PDT by mdittmar
The Tea Party movement may favor smaller government, but they're expected to draw a big crowd Thursday for a rally at Fifth Third Arena.
More than 8,000 tickets have been sold to the event at the University of Cincinnati, but police also expect a large number of protesters to show up.
"We don't really know quite yet what we're going to be dealing with," said Jeff Corcoran, assistant chief of university police. "We know the Tea Party has rented Fifth Third Arena for their event and Sean Hannity is taping his show there, but the big question from the police side is who might show up that's not happy with the folks running the event."
The Tea Party movement has gained supporters who oppose health care reform and federal bailouts, and a recent Rasmussen poll shows nearly a quarter of voters consider themselves to be part of the movement.
"What's happened in a year's time is that this movement has grown by leaps and bounds, both here both here in Cincinnati and across the country," said Mike Wilson, who helped organize a Tax Day rally last year at Fountain Square.
Supporters say the movement is nonpartisan, although many participants oppose President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party's policies.
"I'm a conservative first, Republican second," said Emily Shelton.
FoxNews commentator Sean Hannity will tape his television show live from UC event, with guests Jon Voigt, the actor, and Samuel "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher, who campaigned for Sen. John McCain and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin during their unsuccessful presidential bid.
Speakers at the event will include syndicated columnist Robert Murphy, comedian Sonja Schmidt, "Liberal Fascism" author Jonah Goldberg, WLW's Bill Cunningham and Chris Littleton, president of the Cincinnati Tea Party.
Smaller events are planned for Thursday, when federal tax forms must be filed, across the country, including a rally at Covington's Goebel Park.
Although local Tea Party groups remain loosely affiliated, participants' concerns are similar wherever they're from.
"We're borrowing money from foreign governments at a high rate, we're printing money at a high rate, which we all assume is going to lead to inflation at some point in time in the near future," said Willie Schadler, of the Northern Kentucky Tea Party.
The Cincinnati group said its e-mail list tops 7,000 members, and northern Kentucky's claims another 1,000.
No matter which group they belong to, supporters want to send a message to Congress.
"They're spending money like drunken sailors and they're leaving a legacy of debt that is unacceptable for the next generation," Wilson said. "I think people are paying attention to politics, a lot of them for the first time."
“......but police also expect a large number of protesters to show up.”
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