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Pgh T Party July 2009

Pittsburgh will not host a Tea Party rally this Independence Day weekend, for the first time since the conservative movement launched last year.

There were Pittsburgh Tax Day rallies in April of this year and last, and a July 4 Tea Party in Schenley Park last summer, as well as bus trips last year to rally against the health care reform bill. But neither the Pittsburgh Tea Party Movement nor the Pittsburgh 9.12 Project list any events this weekend, while rallies are going on in Philadelphia and, closer to home, Greensburg.

The leaders of the two main Pittsburgh groups did not reply to emails this week seeking comment, and Tea Party activist and 14th District Republican candidate Melissa Haluszczak did not return a phone message on July 4 events. A national Tea Party event scheduled for mid-July in Las Vegas was pushed back to October, partially due to concerns about the city's heat -- so is interest wilting in temperate Pittsburgh as well? (See UPDATE here.)

Republicans say the movement's energy is instead getting plugged into campaigns this important midterm election year. The Republican Committee of Allegheny County drew 47 volunteers to a training session on phone-banking and other grassroots campaigning methods last Saturday, RCAC executive director Chris Metz said, and 93 people came to the recent grand opening of its new "Victory Center" campaign space in Green Tree.

Longtime GOP volunteer Bob Howard from Fox Chapel said he has seen a boost in volunteer help in local races lately, almost all of it from Tea Party participants. "I'm still encouraged by what Tea Party people are doing, even if I don't see a major event in the Pittsburgh area," he said. "I think they're saving their powder for September and October, when it really counts."

And it's not to say there are no political events for local Republicans this weekend -- gubernatorial candidate Tom Corbett is going to Independence Day parades in Brentwood and Canonsburg on Saturday, and in Ross Township on Sunday.

Photo: Post-Gazette. More than 1,000 attend a Schenley Park Tea Party on July 4, 2009.

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Pittsburgh Tea Party Invite to Mr. McNulty
written by Purple_Hydrangea, July 04, 2010
Dear Mr. McNulty,

Thank you for giving the tea party exposure in the Post Gazette. We are often ignored. As one of my graduate school professors said, “negative publicity is better than none at all.”

I don’t think that the tea party is losing steam per se as it is being organized at the grass roots level. This means that those in charge have families and careers with very little spare time to devote to hosting and promoting tea party activities. Unlike organizations (i.e. non-profits) who have paid employees to do the work with boards to oversee the implementation of goals, the tea party runs on the passion and love of dedicated volunteers. Their only payment is to see the Constitution upheld and the Republic preserved.

I would like to extend an invitation to you. Please come to our next picnic. It will be held Saturday, July 24th at Blueberry Hill Park. The time is still yet to be decided so check back frequently ( or join the tea party Meetup group ( which has an event calendar. Even if you don’t agree with the tea party, you have nothing to lose by attending this event (or any of the events being planned this fall), and engaging in debate. That is the beauty of freedom of speech. If you do come to the picnic on July 24th, don’t forget to bring a side dish smilies/grin.gif!

written by Katherine, July 03, 2010
Contrary to your article in the Post-Gazette, the Pittsburgh Tea Party is NOT losing steam. It is growing and STRONGER than ever!
With the regatta, neighborhood parades, family events, and people traveling out of town, our committee is planning instead a movie/picnic lunch event on Saturday, July 24.
We are working diligently to insure a victory in November.
It seems to me that some wish we would lose steam, go away and stop interfering with the takeover of our Country by Government.
Sorry. We will NOT oblige.
We are also working on planning another outstanding September 12th March on Washington, D.C. and a strategy to insure candidates who respect our Country's core values and Our Constitution win the House and Senate in November.
written by konniebay, July 02, 2010
The Pittsburgh Tea Party has not and is not losing steam. There is no July 4th Tea Party this year for two reasons. (1) July 4th is a bad day to hold a tea party in Pittsburgh due to the Regatta, neighborhood events, etc., and (2) The members have chosen to have a Tea Party picnic. The picnic is in the process of being organized and will be in the first part of August. The Pittsburgh Tea Party is also organizing buses for Glenn Beck's 8/28 Washington, D.C. event and the 9/12 DC March. Melissa Haluzczak is a great candidate but she has no knowledge of the Pittsburgh Tea Party event planning. There are 2 tea parties in the area tomorrow July 3rd. (1) Mercer Courthouse at 10 a.m. and (2) SW PA Tea Party at Jeanette Airport at noon.
We realize you would love for the Tea Party to be fizzling but we are not going away!

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