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April 12, 2009

Supporters planning 'tea party' in city

GREENVILLE — Supporters of the national “Tea Party on Tax Day” efforts have scheduled an event in Greenville this Wednesday, April 15.

Local organizer Debbie McKee is asking all Hunt County residents who are opposed to excessive deficit spending and who want to send a message to state and federal government officials to bring signs and tea bags to the corner of Wesley Street and Kari Lane between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesday.

“What does it say in the Declaration of Independence?” McKee said in a press release presented to the Herald-Banner. “Government is instituted by the people, they work for us. We have patiently suffered and we will no longer. We want to join with others across this land and send a clear, non-partisan message to Austin and (Washington) DC.”

McKee said she will collect tea bags and messages from local residents and turn them in to the Greenville offices of State Sen. Bob Deuell (R-Greenville) and State Rep. Dan Flynn (R-Van), then she and her daughter Adrienne will travel to Rockwall and deliver the same to the office of U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall (R-Rockwall). The pair also intend to spend a couple of hours at a daylong demonstration at State Highways 66 and 205 in Rockwall and then travel to Dallas and participate in the “Tea Party” rally there, before joining a protest at a late-closing post office.

Those wanting more information about the local “Tea Party” event can contact McKee by calling 903-450-6648 or through email at

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