It will be an exciting event with plenty of speakers, including all congressional District 3 candidates -- state Rep. Rex Rice, who is vice-chairman of the State House Ways and Means Committee; state Rep. Jeff Duncan; state Sen. Shane Massey; Dr. Mike Vasovski; and Stuart Carpenter. We also will have South Carolina Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom, state Sen. Greg Ryberg and fellow Aiken County state representatives speakin.
Members from the Aiken County Council, such as Scott Singer, also will speak. Aiken City Councilman Don Wells and candidate for City Council Kent Cubbage will speak. We have radio personality Cleve Walker as emcee for the event. Other speakers will be from the South Carolina Policy Council and the Aiken County Taxpayers Association.
CSRA radio talk show hosts Helen Blocker-Adams and Tony Powers will speak at the tea party. We also are excited to have Augusta Chronicle Editorial Page Editor and author Michael Ryan speaking. There also will be music and other entertainment throughout the event.
It is obvious by the response to the Tax Day tea parties across the country that people are fed up with government interfering in their lives. These tea parties are giving us a voice and, hopefully, getting the attention of our elected officials. It is time for some real grassroots efforts from right here in Aiken County. We cannot let this be the end; it must be the beginning.
So join us for an old-fashioned rally in the Alley, and bring your homemade sign (there will be a gift card from Papa Russ' BBQ) and a folding chair, because you won't want to miss a single minute.
It is a nonpartisan event, and NewsRadio WNRR-AM (1230) is the official radio sponsor of the Aiken tea party. They will be streaming the tea party live on the air.