Thursday, April 08, 2010

Tea party-backed flag to fly at Connecticut Capitol

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut lawmaker is questioning the planned flying of a flag adopted by tea party activists at the state Capitol.

State Capitol police approved Friday's flying of the Gadsden Flag atop the Capitol. Dating back to before the Revolutionary War, the flag is well known for its serpent and its warning of "Don't Tread on Me."

Democratic state Rep. Michael Lawlor of East Haven is questioning whether the Capitol is an appropriate place to fly what he calls a politically partisan flag.

The Connecticut Tea Party Patriots asked Capitol police for permission to fly the flag, which has long been associated with the U.S. Marines.

Capitol police say it's a recognized military flag that is allowed to fly at the Capitol under current policies