The Meigs County Tea Party is hosting an organizational meeting at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 9 at the Rio Grande Meigs Center. Dr. Kevin Ritter of Marietta and Washington County’s Tea Party movement is expected to speak.
Dale Colburn of Pomeroy, who is also active in the Meigs County Republican Party, is helping organize the meeting and tea party.
“We want to reach people that are disgusted with the way our government is being ran contrary to the Constitution,” Colburn explained. “We’re answering a need. People want to get involved and call attention to the mismanagement of the Constitution.”
Colburn said his group is merging with residents in Harrisonville, some of which began the local Tea Party movement in the county.
The Tea Party movement is a national movement and in fact begins its national convention today in Nashville, Tenn. with Sarah Palin as the keynote speaker for a fee of $100,000. Palin has said she will donate the $100,000 back into the movement and to candidates who represent the mission statement of the Tea Party movement.
That mission statement is as follows: “The impetus for the Tea Party movement is excessive government spending and taxation. Our mission is to attract, educate, organize, and mobilize our fellow citizens to secure public policy consistent with our three core values of fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government and free markets.”
Known for its conservative views, the Tea Party movement began to voice opposition to the bank bailouts, President Barack Obama’s stimulus bill and his attempted overhaul of the health care system. Members of the movement also claim to have helped secure the late Sen. Edward Kennedy’s seat in the US Senate by backing Republican Scott Brown, denying the Democrats a major majority.
For those interested in attending the organizational meeting of the Meigs County Tea Party call Colburn at 992-5628 or call 742-2819, 742-2218, 416-7338.