On Tuesday, March 8, 2011, I joined between 700-1,000 Floridians on the steps of the old Capitol building in Tallahassee, FL as the 2011 legislative session began. With leaders from our statewide network of tea party, 9/12 and liberty minded groups, we hosted a rally, met with our representatives and presented them with our legislative agenda and finished the day by kicking off the very first Tea Party Caucus at the state level. Billie Tucker with the First Coast Tea Party and the Florida Alliance worked with State Representative Mike Weinstein in organizing this great step in bridging the communication gap between our representatives in Tallahassee and the ever-growing and ever-influential grassroots movement that's taking the country by storm.
I congratulate Billie and commend her for such great work in making the momentous occasion happen.
Unfortunately, due to immediate and sudden health concerns, she was unable to attend the day's activities including the Ta Party Caucus kickoff. She has recovered, however, and is back on the front lines where we need her so.
For so many citizens to take time out of their busy lives to visit our state Capitol and voice their opinions for the political and fiscal direction of our state, one can only be enthused by the direction we're heading. We understand we have a long way to go, but understanding how far we've come in this great awakening over the past two years is important and we must stop and take inventory once in a while and congratulate and thank each other for taking the time to get engaged.
One of the messages at the rally was in support of Governor Rick Scott who made a surprise appearance along with Lt. Gov Jennifer Carroll.
Darlene Raimondi Petty from the Eastern Orlando Tea Party, a tremendous patriot with a heart of gold and knack for capturing our activities in photo montages, released another of her gems shortly after our important day in Tallahassee.