Calhoun hosts Tea Party on Thursday

  • IF YOU GO

    WHAT: Calhoun County Tea Party

    WHERE: Heritage Center in Port Lavaca - 2104 W. Austin St.

    WHEN: Social - 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.; opening ceremonies, citizens speak, politicians answer - 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

PORT LAVACA - The Calhoun County Tea Party meets Thursday for the third time since the grassroots movement swept conservative America last year.

Thursday's Tea Party will be a year to the day that the Calhoun County chapter first organized.

Citizens may get the chance to speak for one minute each and then state Rep. Todd Hunter and a representative from U.S. Rep. Ron Paul's office will answer their questions.

Organizer Connie Hunt said the Tea Party's unique structure allows for public discourse that is truly people-driven.

"We let the people just line up and come up to the microphone and have their minute to express what their concerns are," she said. "It really is a grassroots meeting."

The first meeting drew 375 attendees from as far away as Edna, Hunt said.

The events in Washington,D.C., have led more people to participate in the discussion, she said.

"People are so frustrated and feel that they have absolutely no control at all over their lives," she said. "We'll give people a chance to speak, and maybe we'll even come up with solutions."