Several hundred Tea Party supporters gathered on the Boston Common on April 15 to send a message to the Federal government: Don't tread on me.
Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, a likely candidate for the 2012 GOP Presidential nomination, headlined the third annual event hosted by the Greater Boston Tea Party. Although the rally failed to draw the same numbers as last year, when former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin delivered the keynote speech, the Tea Party movement appears to be picking up momentum as next year's general election approaches.
Boston is traditionally a hotbed of liberal politics, but last week's tax day event provided a rare opportunity for conservative Bay State residents to publicly air their grievances with President Barack Obama's administration.
"What the government is doing is undermining our entire value system and our way of life," Mark Swan, a Boston-area construction worker, told Agence France-Presse. "The only way we can change that is if we get conservatives elected into positions of authority."
Pawlenty, who has a relatively low profile compared to some of the other rumored Republican candidates for President, won over some Bay State voters by blasting Obama for failing to rein in government spending.
Donna Luke, a lawyer from Middleborough, Mass., told The Boston Globe that she does not know much about Pawlenty, but added: "what I've seen, I like."