Thousand Descend On Downtown Orlando

Tea Party Protesters Demand FairTax, 100% Repeal of Obamacare

ORLANDO — Last night, Orlando City Hall was transformed in to a sea of red, white, and blue and yellow Gadsen flags as an estimated crowd of more than 3,000 Tea Party protesters made thier voices heard. The crowd estimate was provided by Orlando police officers on site at City Hall. Two issues that were the focus of the night were 100% repeal of Obamacare and the FairTax. The event, organized by 660 WORL’s Tea Party Patriots LIVE radio hosts Jason Hoyt, Tom Tillison, and Barbara Seidenberg, was the first of two protests planned in Central Florida this week, as Americans prepare to file their tax returns by the April 15th deadline. A second protest will be held Thursday, April 15th, in Osceola County. 

540 WFLA’s Bud Hedinger was the emcee for the event which was headlined by 660 WORL’s Mike Gallagher, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH), and Rep. Steve King (R-IA). The crowd also heard an impassioned speech by FairTax’s Marc Maneri and another by Tea Party Founding Mother Lisa Feroli. Dr. Jack Cassell closed out the evening with a talk on the effect Obamacare would have on doctors. 

“If I am fortunate enough to become the next Speaker of the House, I will run the House differently than the current Speaker or previous Republican Speaker’s,” Boehner said, a clear reference to the movement’s dissatisfaction with previous Republican majority’s spending habits.  “It is time to get serious about cutting spending.”

Iowa’s energetic Congressman, Rep. Steve King, was a clear favorite with the crowd, telling the gathering that, “…the new litmus tests for any candidate that wants your vote is: ‘Do you support 100% repeal of Obamacare?’. Do not allow them to equivocate, we must rip Obamacare out by the roots.”

“The crowd was fired up, the speakers were fired up…it was a great turnout and, as always, it was a peaceful evening,” said Tillison. “The fact that there are groups springing up on the Internet whose stated mission is to destroy our movement just means that we are being effective”. 

Florida State Rep. Scott Plakon spoke about HJR 37, the Florida Health Care Freedom Act, a Constitutional Amendment designed to spare Floridians from any federal health care mandate. His daughter Jeanie Plakon wowed the crowd with the National Anthem and America The Beautiful and local musician Tim Kauffman brought the house down with his original song I Believe In America. The gathering of patriots ended just after 8:30 p.m. and the grounds of City Hall appeared to be cleaner when the protesters left than it had been when they arrived. 


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