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Tea Party Express Rolls In As Part of "Reclaiming America" Tour

Crowd of 500 greets speakers, singers

The Tea Party Express may have planned a party, but the Sept. 3 stop in Avon proved to attract a less-than-stellar turnout for what was Ohio's only stop.

Victoria Jackson didn’t show. The Republican presidential candidates didn’t show. The television cameras didn’t show, nor did the projected crowd of 5,000 arrive at .

That didn’t stop speakers on the bus tour from enthusiastically touting their message of lowered national debt, reduced government spending and opposition to taxes.

Approximately 500 people, including volunteers, vendors and Tea Party Express people spent a few hours on Saturday at the rally, which began winding down by 6:30 p.m. Speakers and singers promoted the group’s message and conservative values while taking more than a few shots at Barack Obama and leading Democrats.

Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel, who is expected to challenge Sherrod Brown’s seat for the U.S. Senate in 2012, spoke briefly, but mentioned Brown, a resident of Avon, and Obama repeatedly. 

“People like Barack Obama, Sherrod Brown are taking this country at 100 mph into a brick wall,” Mandel said, who added that Brown was to “to the left of Obama on Obamacare” and ranked more liberal than Socialist Party Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. “He needs to be voted out of office.”

Debbie Lee, the Gold Star Mom whose son Marc, a Navy Seal, was killed in Iraq, honored those in the military. She told the story of her son’s death and told the crowd to make sure “our freedoms that our men and women are fighting for in Iraq aren’t taken away.”

The drew polite applause for the most part. Claver Kamau-Imani, a conservative black Republican who spearheads Raging Elephants, managed to motivate the crowd before the 5 p.m. arrival of the main speakers.

Randy Newman, a main organizer for the Avon stop, said it took more than a month to secure the location, and was pleased the event went smoothly. Newman said security was asked to remove one individual who was filming for an anti-Tea Party item.

The tour will continue across the United States through Sept. 12, ending in Florida with a CNN debate.

Allyson Harris September 04, 2011 at 02:10 PM
The Tea Party "express" is running out of steam. By their own actions in the Senate and in Governor's mansions, they have shown the American people that they are willing to "hostage" their own constituents in order to bully through what they want. The American people are discovering that they don't like this very much.
Dianne Mueller September 04, 2011 at 04:14 PM
Ironically, Allyson, we in the TEA Party are finding more people, even more solidarity with Americans who do understand the real message of the movement: There's no bullying, just the steady beat of Americans who have been held "hostage" for lo these many years, by the people in government, the people we trusted to do the right thing by us, the people we trusted to follow the U.S. Constitution and the Ohio Constitution, the people we expected to treat our money as though it was theirs, the people who seemed to have stopped listening to us. You, too, have turned a deaf ear, Allyson, and I can only hope that you will start to hear the Founders voices - as many of us have, and join us in a celebration of what America has always stood for: The liberty and justice for all.
Cynthea Sabolich September 04, 2011 at 04:32 PM
We had several hundred people in the stadium seats on either side of the suites on the second floor. We filled several sections of 500. I laugh because you can believe we are running out of steam, or tea, or energized people, it matters about as much as all the other names we get called. But when Nov. 2012 rolls around, it will be the Tea Party who names the next President.
David Evans September 04, 2011 at 04:51 PM
i was was an anti-tea party person there filming. i was surrounded a few times by some old guys in yellow vests but i was never asked to leave.
David Evans September 04, 2011 at 05:00 PM
dina, youre right! the thing that gets me the most is that when this supposedly "grassroots" movement was exposed to be another koch brothers production, these people went into denial clung onto this thing with an iron grip. cynthea, the tea party will not be winning anything in 2012. theyve been exposed for what they are: misinformed obstructionists who have a deep seeded hatred for our current president. even the republicans furthest to the right are tired of being held hostage by tea party road blocks. it was an interesting run at best, but its over.
Michael September 04, 2011 at 05:42 PM
It is unfortunate that the anti Tea Party people can only demonize and offer personal attacks. Anyone who has reviewed the facts knows that the country is on an unsustainable path. The Tea Party movement is educating people and offering solutions. The people who are informed understand that we need solutions, not attacks. By the way, your estimate of attendance is way off. Although not the crowd we had hoped for, the attendance was closer to 1200 to 1500. I assume you just don't know how to accurately estimate, and that you are not a biased so called "journalist".
Domenica Iacovone September 04, 2011 at 06:06 PM
Right....who knew that Paul Revere was only warning the British of our 2nd amendment rights in a Constitution that didn't exist at the time. Great education there. Here's a history lesson learn who Israel Bissell is and who the real hero of the famous rides of that time was.
Randy Newman September 04, 2011 at 06:27 PM
Not bad Domenica, however, I will just let go back to your liberal text book and find a true story. Israel did participate as did many Americans. The fact is you do not live under the crown today because Patriots fought the crown and won. And those same patriots would be considered extremist today.
Randy Newman September 04, 2011 at 06:29 PM
David post some of your video somewhere and lets see just how good the crowd estimate is. I think it may simple be another liberal lying through his teeth.
Randy Newman September 04, 2011 at 06:33 PM
Now AVON PATCH when you get better at estimating crowds you will be improving your position in the community. RIGHT NOW IT FALLS IN LIBERAL RAG Category.
Michael lusko September 04, 2011 at 06:44 PM
I would rather live subject to the crown and it's aristocratic rule than see one tea party member on a small town city council. You guys certainly have a right to assemble and have your beliefs about Americas path. But the fact that you compare yourselves to the founding fathers make me thrownup in my mouth every time I read it. Randy I thought the opposite. The coverage on this little silly event has been incredible. We should call this the Avon lake tea party patch.
Randy Newman September 04, 2011 at 08:56 PM
Michael, We don't disagree maybe over covered, however, you know as I do this city, county and nation can not continue to spend what it does not have. You and I can write a check and go to jail, Our lawmakers, Democrat and Republican, have enough guilt to spread around and spend our money not theirs. The things we ask for is accountable leaders, limited government and individual freedom. To quote a right wing extremist " When government grows liberty shrinks" Thomas Jefferson.
Charles Pervo September 04, 2011 at 11:14 PM
Chronicle-Telegram estimated 200; Morning Journal 2000
Domenica Iacovone September 05, 2011 at 06:15 AM
I went to Catholic School for 12 years, I guess you'll be going to war on that religion too? Oh.... wait.... I forgot the Klan doesn't like Roman Catholics either.
Domenica Iacovone September 05, 2011 at 06:16 AM
Thomas Jefferson who even owned a Koran is a right wing extremist?
Dave D September 05, 2011 at 02:11 PM
The estimate of numbers for this event sound like the numbers for the million man march. No one really knows.
Charles Pervo September 05, 2011 at 02:13 PM
Lori and her staff did a count...
Randy Newman September 05, 2011 at 03:21 PM
Catholic School WOW how unfortunate you did not learn what they were teaching, conservatism. How can a catholic align themselves with abortionist, liberal views. Most of the Democrats you back have roots in the klan.Byrd WV just to name one off the top of my head. The Quran I own a copy so I know my enemies. Jefferson probably had the same thought in mind. I am an Apostate tell me what that is and impress me.
Noah Webster September 05, 2011 at 04:14 PM
Mr Evans: Are suggesting that liberal organizations are not funded by the wealthy ? You have heard of George Soros ? And of course there are the Pritzker's ( Hayatt Hotels) of Chicago, Richard Trumka and the unions, and John Kerry and the Heinz pickle fortune and the Kennedy/s ! Are you not aware that of the six most wealthy members of Congress, five, are Democrats. I just thought it would be fair and balanced to show that wealthy backers is not unique to the Tea Party.
Allyson Harris September 05, 2011 at 04:28 PM
What "individual freedoms" are the Tea Party folks espousing? The individual freedom to allow private corporations to exploit our resources (natural and human) for their own over-the-top gain, at the expense of those same human beings and then NOT to be taxed on their incomes, and permitted to ship jobs overseas where they can get virtual slave labor? To allow individuals to conceal weapons on their persons and perhaps do the "old West" thing of a gunfight showdown on Main Street in the name of "being safe"? To allow individuals to go hungry, have no home, no job, no hope? Are these the individual rights that the Tea Party embraces and is working to promote? If not, please enlighten me. All I have heard from the Tea Party is how our President isn't a REAL American, his birth certificate is bogus, etc. etc. etc. I ask you who support this psuedo "party" to outline for me, if you can, just what individual rights you mean? Oh, and I have one more question - do ALL of you ALWAYS pay cash for everything you have? Cash for your home? Cash for your car? Cash for school tuition? Do any of you accept "public monies" like Social Security or government school loans? Just curious.
Domenica Iacovone September 06, 2011 at 04:18 AM
They didn't teach me conservatism? Really? Are you really sure about that? BTW how can a Catholic align themselves with a church that allowed priests to molest children and rape nuns? And then moved them around the country? So is the US Army and the Ohio Police Officer Academy considered not learning either? Now why don't you go look up Haley Barbour and Trent Lott's association with the CofCC (the politically correct version of the Klan). And let's not forget about Strom Thurmond. And then ask why Tony Perkins of the Family research council bought David Duke's mailing list for $82K. And why won't the Pauls refuse money from Stormfront. BTW Jefferson was a Deist, but isn't it amazing how the extreme Right Wing chose to take Jefferson out of the history books as the most influential in politics.
Domenica Iacovone September 06, 2011 at 04:25 AM
By the way I'm a recovering Catholic, pretty much Agnostic have been for 20 years. Especially now that the present Pope is the one that helped move those priests around and was a former Nazi Youth.
Domenica Iacovone September 06, 2011 at 04:28 AM
You'd think journalists would rely on the law enforcement or fire agency present in getting a count.
Harry H. September 06, 2011 at 10:55 PM
Quite an array of comments. Regardless of political affiliation, we can agree that our government has problems that include corruption and external influences. This is my impression of the tea party. The tea party was created and funded by corporate America (Koch brothers etc.) with the intent on using it to further their riches through a well planed agenda. This agenda includes, among other things; elect radical politicians like gov. Kasich and gov. Walker, eliminate or reduce environmental regulations, break employee unions, reduce minimum wages, and dismantle social programs like Medicare and social security. All these help reduce costs and increase wealth for them further increasing the wealth/income gap in our country. Now there are two kinds of people in this party. Plants that are in to recruit members and incite emotional responses by exploiting things like patriotism. And, those that have been duped by these corporate sponsors. They speak of liberty for all, but they don't mean liberty for a woman to choose or liberty to wed the same sex or liberty to assemble and bargain as union employees. They speak of the constitution, smaller government, less taxes and "job creators". But all I see is small business and labor fighting each other. Our debt is from fighting for freedom and world democracy while providing tax breaks to the rich so they can horde huge corporate profits. Tax breaks and deregulation have only resulted in less jobs.
Curt Fell September 07, 2011 at 03:30 AM
It's so refreshing to read a comprehensible, sensible statement. Very well done, Harry H!
Curt Fell September 07, 2011 at 03:47 AM
The T-Party is nothing but a group of Hypocrites who decided to crawl out of the woodwork as soon as a Dem was elected President. Where were they under the previous Administration who spent like a drunken sailor with a weekend pass on an island full of bars & brothels? - $1 Trillion for Medicare Prescription Drug plan with NO plan on how to pay for it - 2 Wars that were kept OFF the Budget - Billions in Tax cuts for the top 2% wage earners which actually produced how many jobs? If these so called TP'ers were out protesting under the previous Administration, then maybe they wouldn't be seen as a sham & a fake.
Charles Pervo September 07, 2011 at 01:05 PM
The root cause of our current economic crisis is the polices of the Bush/Cheney administration. Left by the Clinton administration with a budget and cash flow situation that was scheduled to pay off the National Debt by 2011, they reduced income by cutting income tax rates on the highest incomes, and then increased spending by the unnecessary invasion, occupation, and reconstruction of Iraq. In addition, their anti-regulation policy contributed to the financial collapse in 2008. While military spending makes our expenses too high, the problem is that the taxes on large corporations and high earners are too low.

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