Elkton, April 17, 2010 — A mid-day tea party rally drew hundreds of supporters to a vacant lot on Route 40 next to McDonalds in Elkton. On this cool Saturday, the passionate audience, waving flags and carrying signs, listened to talks about excessive government growth, spending, taxation, redistribution of the wealth, and much more. Lots of people came and went, but we estimate the crowd to be about 300 when we arrived at 11:45. Out on the highway, another couple of dozen supporters lined Route 40 brandishing signs for passing motorists while traffic slowed and horns tooted.
The gathering was full of politicians and office-seekers showing their support for the tea party movement and plugging their candidacies. Republican dominated that group, by far. But we were told that two Democrats made a brief appearance, President Brian Lockhart and Commissioner Wayne Tome, who is seeking reelection in a race that pits him against former school superintendent Dr. Carl Roberts.
The new media crowd was also busy working the assembly, making sure news of the event got out and getting politicians to commit to positions. The bloggers from Cecil County Spending: Taxed Enough Already were taping interviews with county commissioners. When they talked to Commissioner Jim Mullin, they asked him if he was going to vote to raise taxes this year and he clearly said no. We’ll keep an eye out for video of those interviews over on their site. Two candidates for town office were also present, Wes Walker, who is seeking the mayor’s seat, and Joe Ulrich who is seeking to be elected a commissioner in Elkton.
By 1:00 p.m. people were slowly drifting away from the rally that had caused hundreds to gather on a Saturday to urge government to rein in spending