Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Tea Party Groups Growing in North Georgia


There's a political movement percolating in North Georgia, and it's picking up steam.

Catoosa, Gilmer and Walker counties have tea party groups, and new ones are forming in Dade and Whitfield counties.

"My desire is to go through all of the (Georgia's) 9th Congressional District and organize tea parties," said James Groce, a leader with the Tea Party of Walker County.

Teresa Tatum, a leader of Catoosa County Patriots, said modern-day tea party groups loosely are named after the Boston Tea Party of 1773.

"It's not that we're protesting taxation without representation, but we're definitely against the progressive tax system and we believe that it's unconstitutional," she said.

Mr. Groce said his tea party days started on April 15, when he joined the tax day protest in LaFayette, Ga. Protesters gathered in Washington, D.C., and around the nation that day to speak out against government spending. Since then, local tea parties have organized to keep an eye on politics throughout the year.