“We’re not going away!”
That was the chant from downtown Las Vegas as a “Tax Day Tea Party Rally” was held Friday. Much smaller numbers turned out to protest, than in years past.
Carrying U.S. flags and hand-made signs, they came to support Gov. Brian Sandoval’s pledge not to raise taxes, and to work toward making President Obama a one term president, similar to George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter.
The tea party gathering was notably less boisterous than the original rally held at Sunset Park years ago, with Las Vegas Police estimating only about 250 in attendance. Although those who came varied widely in both age and gender, they were distinctly not a diverse group when it came to race.
“We’re not going away,” said Sharron Angle, the tea party favorite who lost her 2010 bid to oust U.S. Sen. Harry Reid. Reid recently predicted the tea party movement would fall to the wayside once the economy improved.
Angle was the keynote speaker outside the Grant Sawyer Building, the last one to address a crowd that had shrunk to about 100 people by the time she took to the podium. Aside from Angle, Danny Tarkanian also spoke, which led one attendee to comment, “the speakers list is a veritable who’s who of failed conservative candidates. I’m not sure this is a good sign.”