Tea partiers gather this weekend in Wisconsin Rapids to discuss the future of their movement. An organizer of the LibertyVention says they are hoping to refresh people, following the political instability from the recalls and political division. “It’s been a rough year for everybody,” says Kirsten Lombard with Wisconsin 9/12 Project, one of four groups that launched the event.
Lombard says by-and-large her movement was pleased by the June 5 recall outcome and conventioneers will be focusing on the August and November races.
Although tea partiers won’t always agree on every issue and on candidates, she says most will rally around ideas of constitutionally limited government and less government spending.
With last-minute registrations and people showing up, she stops short of saying expected attendance. “If we find out we don’t get tons of people that’s okay with us because the bottom line is we’re going to train and have fun with the people who are there,” says Lombard. She adds the training received at the convention will be passed along by those who attended.
The two-day LibertyVention takes place tonight and Saturday.