October 7, 2010 by USA Post
Nearly 3,000 folding chairs are in place in the hall of beige and blue lined ones. Workers are erecting a large sign to display behind the stage. The sign reads: “The Constitution Still Matters.”
According to organizers, 2,100 tickets were sold at the event, which could attract hundreds of others during the convention to be held Friday and Saturday.
Throughout the room, sponsorship banners are draped from the ceiling gives an indication of messages likely to be receptive to the participants.
Among the groups with banners: The Patrick Henry Center for Individual Liberty, the Heritage Foundation, and the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights.
Another banner reads: “Fight Illegal Immigration – Supports Virginia campaign law.” Rule of Law Virginia Campaign is an effort directed by Corey A. Stewart, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Prince William County. He is seeking a statewide crackdown on illegal immigration.
Outside the main hall at the convention center, volunteers prepare welcome packs and tickets to the participants, over 40 vendors that should be sold at the convention to begin to unload their goods.
First come the book by Dave Hensath seller, who was wearing a yellow shirt with the slogan: “. Do not tread on me” The organizers involved his company in Florida to sell books that would appeal to participant’s tea party.
Its display with titles ranging from “The Wit and Wisdom of Ronald Reagan,” to “Revolution”, written by Ron Paul Texas Republic, who will address national policy forum at the convention.
“If Ron Paul comes up, I’ll sell a lot of Ron Paul,” Hensath predicted. “Dick Morris, I’m not so sure,” he said, referring to the politicalanlyst who is expected to be one of the keynote speakers at the convention.
Registration for the conference opens its doors at 16 pm today. Participants who register will receive red and yellow tea buttons that say, “Virginia is for lovers of liberty.”
Here is a list of confirmed speakers for Virginia Patriots Tea Party convention:
Invited speakers: former CNN Lou Dobbs, Bishop EW Jackson Sr., founder of Exodus Faith Ministries International and president of STAND, a group that promotes the Judeo-Christian values, political strategist Dick Morris, John Fund, a Conservative author and columnist for The Wall Street Journal, Herman Cain, an entrepreneur and radio host; Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin and Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, a conservative activist who is married to the U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
Among the confirmed speakers for a forum on national policies are Ken Cuccinelli Attorney General, former Governor and U.S. Senator George Allen, R-Va; Former Senator Rick Santorum, R-Pa. And Representatives Ron Paul, R-Texas, and Steve King, R-Iowa.
Among the confirmed speakers for a forum on reforming state government are Governor Bob McDonnell and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling.
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