Skip to comments.Tea Party Express to launch at Napa Expo
Posted on 07/29/2011 10:41:25 PM PDT by Syncro
The road to Tampa and the first tea party presidential debate will start here in Napa.
On Aug. 27, the grassroots, conservative Tea Party Express group will be hosting the first stop on its nearly month-long bus tour at the Napa Valley Expo. The tour, which organizers say will focus on states with early presidential primaries, will come to an end Sept. 12 in Tampa, Fla. where CNN and Tea Party Express will be co-sponsoring the tea party debate.
While plans for the Napa event are still being finalized, Pam Silleman, chair of the local tea party branch, said attendance at the local rally would likely be measured in the tens of thousands.
Its going to be huge. Enormous, she said. I was really touched when the Tea Party Express people asked us to do it.
In the coming weeks, Tea Party Express will be checking to make sure that facilities at Napa Valley Expo are capable of handling the kick-off rally, Silleman said.
If the grounds have passed muster, Tea Party Express will release more information about who is expected to attend the events.
The current plan is to hold a presidential candidates dinner on the night of Aug. 26, with Oval Office hopefuls serving dinner to guests, Silleman said.
Candidates hadnt yet been booked for the event, but Silleman was hopeful that RSVPs would come following the Tea Party Express confirmation of the event.
The following day, Aug. 27, the bus tour would kick off with musical performances and conservative political speakers, she said.
Representatives from Tea Party Express public relations firm Frontline Strategies confirmed Napas status as the tours kick-off point Wednesday afternoon.
We're thrilled to be going back on the road doing what we love meeting with the incredible Americans who give the Tea Party movement its unstoppable strength and energy, celebrating the great things about our country, and encouraging everyone to keep fighting for a better tomorrow, Amy Kremer, Tea Party Express chairwoman, said in a statement.
The tour will include 29 stops between Napa and Tampa, and feature singers, speakers, candidates and celebrities.
Sal Russo, co-founder and chief strategist for Tea Party Express, said that the group was busy putting the finishing touches on the tour schedule, and had previously met with most of the GOP candidate to encourage that they make appearances at some of the stops.
In a presidential election year, the likelihood that candidates would attend tea party events was high, Russo said.
Obvious priorities for presidential candidates would be primary states such as Iowa, New Hampshire, Wyoming, Nevada and Michigan, he added.
Joe Anderson, Napa Valley Expos CEO, said the event was still in the early stage of planning and that he was unable to comment on specifics, including what kind of crowds Napa might expect to see during the rally.
At this point, all the Napa tea party had done was secure the date and put down a deposit to use the facility, Anderson said.
Capt. Steve Potter with the Napa Police said that the department had yet to be notified about any additional security measures for the event.
Under the venues current schedule, the Democrats of Napa Valley are planning on holding a fundraiser at the Napa Valley Expo that same day.
Joanne Gifford, president of the Democrats of Napa Valley, said Wednesday that she was unaware that the two events would overlap.
Until she talks with other members of her executive board about it, Gifford said she could not comment on the overlap.
Arrangements to keep the rally from imposing on the Democrats event would be made, Silleman said.
Crowds would likely enter the venue from different entrances, while speakers would be set up in a way that would least affect other groups using the facilities, Silleman said.
Frankly, theyre welcome to join us, she said. Its going to be a public event.
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I just found it and thought I woulld post it.
Sorry but any CNN sponsored debate I will avoid. If I wanted crazy lib questions from YouTube or Democrat operatives I will wait for 2016 for the Democrat Party debate.