Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Storm'n Norm'n Stomp'n In Fall River

As some of you already know I was brought up in the orphanage that once existed in Fall River's north end.  Although the building is no longer there (St Vincents Home relocated some years ago...but that's another story) I still have friends and acquaintances in and around the Fall River area.  I was invited to this event by Kathy Duclos and her nephew CJ Ferry (elect CJ Ferry link) ...CJ (My Space link) is running for State Representative, 7th Bristol District and I encourage all to get out the vote for CJ Ferry (candidate statement link) come November 2nd. 
I was also pleased to meet for the second time since I first met him in Pembroke last summer, Jim McKenna who is running for the office of Attorney General.  If you are at all concerned about the growing problems with illegal immigration that not only affects the jobs picture in Massachusetts, it is affecting your pocket to an ever increasing demand, you need to support Jim McKenna For Attorney'll be glad you did! ~ Storm'n Norm'n

The following from: Fall River Herald News

Tea party getting started in Fall River

Greater Boston Tea Party President Christen Varley explains what draws people to the political movement, before addressing a crowd of about a hundred people at St. John's Athletic Club Monday night.

By Will Richmond Herald News Staff Reporter

Tea parties aren’t just for kids with good imaginations anymore.

In a packed room at the St. John’s Athletic Club, Fall River became the latest location to join the tea party, with the official kickoff for the Spindle City Tea Party Movement.

The event brought out candidates seeking office in both state and federal races — many of whom will appear as Republicans on the November ballot — along with people ready to become part of the effort.

The group cheered loudly for Sean Bielat, who is seeking to defeat Barney Frank for the 4th Congressional District seat, and for Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson, who is fighting for re-election against Democrat John Quinn and independent candidate Alan Garcia.

Some shouted “One nation under God” as they all stood for the Pledge of Allegiance and chanted for an end to Frank’s term on Capitol Hill as Bielat took the stage.

With disdain for many of the sitting politicians, both locally and nationally, organizers of the local movement said the party’s creation is one that is long needed in the area.

“Fall River has been plagued by liberal leadership for the past 30 years and they keep doing the same things over and over again and getting the same results,” Spindle City founder Carleton Boardman III said. “People are clamoring for a return to the Bill of Rights and the path our forefathers put us on, and it’s time to get back on track.”

The newly formed Fall River group is one of about 40 across the state, according to Christen Varley, president of the Greater Boston Tea Party. She said the location was ripe for the latest chapter.

“This is an old blue dog town and people inherently vote Democrat. But for 40-some years they’ve voted Democrat and it hasn’t improved the situation one bit,” Varley said. “It’s wonderful people are looking for more information. That’s what we try to do, organize and get people information so they can make good decisions.”

And while the night mainly included Republicans seeking office and tossing barbs at Democratic incumbents, Varley said party affiliation is no requirement of being part of the Tea Party Movement. She said the effort is more about getting people out and engaged in the electoral process.

“We’re going to start having an effect on government, from the dog catcher to the president of the United States. ... You know we’re the ones responsible for creating a new direction and we have that opportunity in 29 days from now,” Varley said.

Of course, some of those seeking office were quick to use the night’s theme to advance their message as they seek votes on election day.

“I’m starting to think people want to get rid of Barney. I’m starting to think people want to take government back,” Bielat said shortly after taking the stage. “We have to turn around Beacon Hill and we especially have to turn around Capitol Hill.”

Others made it clear their ideals have long been in accordance with those in attendance Monday night.

“When I first ran for sheriff, I got the reputation of not drinking the Kool-Aid. I’ll tell you, I drink tea and I drink it all day long,” Hodgson told the adoring the crowd.

1 comment:

Maggie Thornton said...

That's a great post Norm, and such welcome news. Wouldn't it be great to get that liar, Barney Frank out of Congress. I think Bielat is a fine, fine candidate.

Any place with the name Fall River must be lovely.