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2009-07-09 / Front Page

Large Group Assembled at First Lee County Tea Party

A few of the organizers of last Friday's Tea Party are pictured on the grounds of the Lee County Courthouse with State Representative Tim Kleinschmidt (second from left). Pictured with Rep. Kleinschmidt are "Preacher Joe" Paluch, Roland Tanguma (second from right) and David Martinez. A few of the organizers of last Friday's Tea Party are pictured on the grounds of the Lee County Courthouse with State Representative Tim Kleinschmidt (second from left). Pictured with Rep. Kleinschmidt are "Preacher Joe" Paluch, Roland Tanguma (second from right) and David Martinez. An estimated 160 people assembled on the west lawn of the Lee County Courthouse last Friday afternoon to show solidarity behind a grassroots movement that promotes limited government, fiscal responsibility and a free market. State Representative Tim Kleinschmidt was a featured speaker of the event as he highlighted the importance of getting involved with your government to keep them accountable. Ash Wright, County Party Coordinator for the Republican Party of Texas also spoke at the event.

Roland Tanguma was one of the organizers of the Lee County Tea Party and he said, "We were really pleased to see so many people come out to this, our first Tea Party in Lee County. The speakers were great and we're looking forward to getting more organized so that we can send a clear message to those men and women we elected to serve us. We want to let our local politicians, senators and representatives know that we are watching what they do and what they vote on. We're watching because we voted them in with confidence to represent this county and we need them to vote against higher taxes, bigger government and some of the other issues that will put an incredible financial burden on this country."

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