Commissioners Meis, Rowland to speak at GJ ‘tea party’ event

An Aurora city councilman who is considering a bid for the U.S. Senate, as well as two Mesa County commissioners, will speak Wednesday at a Lincoln Park rally opposing more taxes and the nation’s budget deficit.

The Grand Junction “tea party” is nonpartisan and is billed much like others around the nation scheduled to take place on the day that Americans are required to file their tax forms.

Ryan Frazier, an Aurora city councilman, and Mesa County commissioners Craig Meis and
Janet Rowland are scheduled to speak at the event, which begins at noon and continues to 1:30 p.m.

Participants are urged to bring signs.

Later the same day, the Two Rivers 9/12 Project will gather from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Lincoln Park Barn.

The 9/12 Project, the brainchild of radio and television commentator Glenn Beck, “is more aimed at people educating themselves,” organizer Todd Braley said.

Much of the 9/12 Project is aimed at reining in politicians, Braley said.

Organizations will have booths and some will offer books and book reviews, Braley said.

Tea-party events around the nation have drawn thousands already, Braley said. They are intended to be reminiscent of the Boston Tea Party, which was a protest by colonists against British taxation.

“We’re thinking the response will be just as phenomenal here as it has been everywhere else,” Braley said. “It could be 500, it could be 5,000.”

Grand Junction police said they also don’t know how large a crowd to expect, though tea-party organizers did tell officials that at least 500 people were expected for the first event.

More information about the tea party is available at http://www.gjresult.com and www.
tworivers912project.com.


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