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Tea Party Patriots

Interview With Keli Carender, Organizer of the First-ever "Tea Party" Protest

Wow, this is fun! For my 2nd audio interview, I spoke with the Woman who can be argued to be the "Godmother" of the Tea Party movement that emerged in early 2009. Keli Carender (nom de blogging 'Liberty Belle') organized the first major anti-government spending rally after the passage of the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act" (known to some Conservatives as "Porkulus") in February of 2009 in, of all places, downtown Seattle.

I met Keli for the first time in August of 2011 at a Seattle Tea Party Patriots meeting. I've subsequently volunteered to be the Seattle Tea Party Patriots Co-Organizer, so Keli and I are sort of co-workers. I talked with Keli at a local coffeehouse, so there is some real-world background noise. Thanks again to Keli Carender!

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Tea Party Patriots
Keli's Website
A story about Keli in The New York Times
Keli's Blog
Greg's blog post about the 1st Tea Party protest

POSTED BY: Greg Moon @1/9/2012 9:45:03 AM -Moderated Open PUBLIC
Json8tr  (@3/14/2012 11:00:39 PM):  She seems to be a very liberal type that likes the republican platform. interesting!
Edgar  (@3/17/2012 9:59:34 AM):  I was headed here for this a couple of days ago, but got distracted by the Rain City Bunker podcast with you and Andy. Back for more after I listen to this one.
Edgar  (@3/17/2012 10:28:15 AM):  I like the idea of watch-dogging elected officials and how they vote; accountability! I'm going to follow Keli a bit and see where this leads, including participation at some level. 

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