Skip to comments.Tea party group says city favors Occupy Richmond protesters
Posted on 10/26/2011 8:16:14 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
RICHMOND -- The Richmond Tea Party is lashing out at Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones for what it sees as the city's preferential treatment of the Occupy Richmond protesters encamped at Kanawha Plaza.
The tea party group is sending Jones an invoice for the charges incurred for the Tax Day rallies it has held at the plaza the past three years, arguing that the Occupy Wall Street offshoot group squatting there has been using the park illegally and free of charge since Oct. 15.
"The tea party keeps being compared to the occupiers. Well, in the way we're treated, there's no comparison. It's like a slap in the face," said Richmond Tea Party spokeswoman Colleen Owens.
Owens said her group has shelled out about $10,000 for the three rallies held there, including a rental fee for use of the park, various permits and other expenses. She added that the rallies were scheduled with the city months in advance and that the group held fundraisers to cover the required costs, which included police presence and portable toilets.
"The city of Richmond is allowing Occupy Richmond to blatantly break the law day after day while forcing other groups to strictly comply," a news release from the tea party group said.
At least one member of Richmond City Council agrees.
"I guess we'll be writing a check to the tea party people," Councilman Bruce W. Tyler said Wednesday. "You can't treat one group different from the other. It's unfair."
For the tea party to request the "same consideration, I believe, is fair and just," Tyler added. "We've now hit the slippery slope that we never should have found ourselves on."
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These Occupy fools support the establishment!
Atlanta Tea Party threatened to sue for the costs of their rallies and TADAAAAAAA OWS Atlanta got booted.
Bout dang time since ‘they are the same...’ except when it comes to paying fees and covering the expense of the gathering.
There have been 900 or so Tea Party events, how much money was given to cities for permits and associated costs? It should be returned. Tea Party organizers should all seek its return......to make the point.
Make it out to me.
good- for too long conservatives have sat by and accepted hypocrisy handed out from liberals....payback is a b!tch...
No, they should sue to have the city charge the "occupiers" at the same rate...that should amount to big bucks...maybe millions.
Ya wanna play? Ya gotta pay.
Not to mention that some of these cities are supplying them with Port-a-Potties at taxpayer expense, and ACORN, or whatever they call themselves now, are collecting money under false pretenses and using the money for the OWS criminals.
Where’s the MSM?
Kissing OWS’s ass.
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Disregard previous post please. Link is working for me now.
They’re young, rich white kids. They’ve been getting preferential treatment all of their lives. It’s a silver spoon thing.
I’m glad someone has taken notice. Good for the Richmond Tea Partiers!
I suspect the 'Occupy' folks owe about $100,000 - based on a per hour basis.