Former Minnesota Governor and potential GOP Presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty will headline the third annual Tea Party tax day rally on April 15 in Boston.
The rally is slated to take place at the Boston Common Bandstand, which is not far from the original Tea Party protests that took place in 1773. In a revolt against the British Parliament's tea taxes, American colonists dressed as Indians boarded the transport ships, destroyed the tea and tossed it into Boston Harbor. It is considered to be one of the key events that led to the American Revolution.
Pawlenty is one of several speakers who will address thousands of Tea Party supporters between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Dick Patten, of NoDeathTax.org, John Lumbard, Americans for a Balanced Budget Amendment, and Karyn Polito, a former Massachusetts State Representative, are among the scheduled guests.
Last year's tax day rally, which featured former Alaska Governor and Tea Party favorite Sarah Palin, drew approximately 10,000 spectators. The event has been organized by the Greater Boston Tea Party (GBTP), an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization.
“We looked at where Minnesota was when [Pawlenty] came into office and where Minnesota was when he left,” GBTP president Christen Varley told Politico.com. “We looked at where we are in Massachusetts and where our governor is taking us and felt he was one of those voices we really need in Massachusetts.”
According to the media outlet, Pawlenty will join former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum earlier in the day on April 15 to take part in a tax day rally in Concord, N.H.