Citizens look forward to chance to speak out at Nacogdoches Tea Party

BEAUMONT, TX (News Release) - By Donna McCollum - email

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Former state university professor Mary McCleary, now a full time artist, is giving up some studio time to draw from politics. She's promoting Saturday's Nacogdoches Tea Party.

" The main message is still excessive taxes, excessive growth of government, concern over the deficient and promotion of liberty," McCleary said.

One year ago the platform attracted more than 2,000 people to the Nacogdoches square.

Despite the numbers, local Democrats say they don't believe they are in the majority.

The majority, local Democrats contend, are responsible citizens willing to support a sound infrastructure thru taxation.

"Most of us recognize the importance of schools, highways, public water systems, electric systems," said Bruce McNellie of the Nacogdoches County Democratic Party. "All that is a part of our heritage. We need to recognize we need to pay for it."

Something the ultra-conservative, including Republican state Rep. Wayne Christian, doesn't push at the tea party gatherings. Christian rallied at the state capitol today. However, he won't be found on the Nacogdoches square.

"We purposely do not have any politicians speaking," McCleary said. "We listen to them all year long and this is a chance for them to hear our voices."

And they don't want to hear from extremists carrying hateful messages.

"We are also requesting that there not be any offensive signs or offensive behavior," McCleary said. "We're very aware of that."

Organizers say everyone else is welcome. But McNellie said he will not accept the invitation.

"Absolutely not," McNellie said. "I don't want to give extra attention to something I don't believe in."

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