Hundreds of Tea Party activists waving signs and Colonial-era flags gathered on the Boston Common on Saturday afternoon to hear antitax crusader Grover Norquist and other speakers at a rally protesting government spending and taxation.
“The Tea Party is America awakened,” Norquist said to the cheering crowd. “What’s the Tea Party done? Changed the direction of the country for the good, and I think on a permanent basis.”
Norquist, best known for the antitax pledge he asks members of Congress to sign, was the keynote speaker at the “Tax Day” event, which also included gun rights leaders, Panera Bread cochief executive Ron Shaich, author Dr. Keith Ablow, newspaper publisher Tom Duggan, and conservative commentator Jeff Katz.
Turnout for the annual event, which in past years has drawn household-name speakers like Sarah Palin and Tim Pawlenty, was moderate, though the mostly white and middle-aged crowd swelled slightly as the weather warmed up throughout the early afternoon.
Volunteers from the campaigns of Republican Senate candidates Daniel Winslow and Michael Sullivan also attended, working the crowd and handing out literature.
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