More than 10,000 attend Madison Tea Party Gov. Thompson Passes Torch to Next Generation of Leaders

MacIver News Service – [Madison, Wisc.] A crowd that organizers estimated well in excess of 10,000 people attended the Tax Day Tea Party at the East entrance of the State Capitol Thursday.

The throng heard from more than a dozen speakers, including locals tea party organizers from across the state, radio talk show hosts and former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson. ¬†Thompson told the cheering crowd that, despite chants from the assembled of “Run,Tommy, Run,” and despite his desire to take on Senator Russ Feingold this November, he would honor a promise made to his family and allow the next generation of conservative leaders to take up the cause.

“Boy do I want to run,” he screamed, his face turning red in the middle of his speech in which he roundly criticized Feingold. “I’d love to take this on. But I told my family last night it’s time for new voices and new faces.”



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