November 15, 2009


The Pennsylvania Tea Party took its message of limited government to this capital city Saturday.

Hundreds of protesters from regional groups that came from as far as the Ohio and New Jersey borders gathered at Harrisburg’s City Island early yesterday afternoon for a march through the city to the Capitol.

Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” blared over a loud speaker as the protesters, a mixed bag of blue jean-clad participants sprinkled with some activists in camouflage and colonial garb, signed petitions and waved flags while they waited to march. A handful of people wore holstered handguns.

“Can you hear me now? Can you hear me now?” they chanted in response to organizer Diana Reimer as she called the group to action with a bullhorn.

The Tax Enough Already Party — TEA — that grew out of a series of April 15 Tax Day rallies, joined forces with more than three-dozen like-minded regional groups, for its first march on Harrisburg. Capitol police estimated that 1,500 to 2,000 protesters ultimately massed on the Capitol steps where the march ended.

This stuff just keeps going on, underneath the national-media radar.

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