Hartford (CT) Tea Party attendance surges

James Mosher
Norwich Bulletin

Hartford, Conn. —Attendance at a Hartford rally against big government tripled this year, according to a local activist who attended, indicating sentiment against President Obama’s proposals remains strong.

Lisbon resident Jen Ezzell estimated the Saturday crowd at between 300 to 400, up from 125 last year. The two-hour rally at the State Capitol was part of a national campaign to mark the one-year anniversary of the first Tea Party. Since then the Tea Party movement has become a rising tide against federal initiatives aimed at ending the longest recession since World War II. Tea Party activists, including Ezzell, decry $1 trillion federal budget deficits, pointing to possible punishing tax increases for future generations.

“One year ago people seemed frustrated and fearful for our future,” Hebron resident Marilyn Alden, who attended the 2009 and 2010 events, wrote in an email. “This year there was something else in the air — optimism and conviction that we can make a difference.”

Ezzell is a founding member of the 2nd District Connecticut Tea Party Patriots who has seen her email list swell from three in March 2009 to more than 1,100 today.

The article continues at the Norwich Bulletin.

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