Thursday, March 19, 2009
I spoke to Rob Gaudet today and it seems the Shreveport Tea Party is in full organizational mode. It's a big GO for April 15 at 5:00 p.m. Gerry May from KTBS is going to do an advance story on the event so watch for that soon.
Some of the details are still being worked out; the plan is to hold the event on the Shreveport Riverfront - ideally at Festival Plaza but it's not nailed down just yet.
Gaudet tells me that the event is being organized by a great, energetic and informed group of people from various backgrounds, all bringing unique skills to the table. They have nailed down their first speaker: La. Congressman Dr. John Fleming. Other speakers will include various small business owners and community leaders.
The response so far has been encouraging. According to Rob, thirty people registered on his site just yesterday and another sixty contacted him through the event's FaceBook page. There is also a Twitter page. So far about 200 people have expressed interest in attending which is a great response this early in the game.
There will be a voter registration drive at the Tea Party and you can count on there being a roast pig, of course. Plenty of pork!
Gaudet wants to encourage all attendees to bring signs and has examples and photos on the event site. Volunteers are also welcome. If you have something you think you can contribute or know someone who would be a great speaker, get in touch with Rob via either of the above links. You can also help by spreading the word and inviting people to come along.