Some very positive sounding press about the Roanoke Tea Party.
It’s part of a national grass-roots movement of like events sparked by an off-hand comment from a cable news guy and spurred on by conservative bloggers.
The two women, who had never met in person before Tuesday, wouldn’t strike you as revolutionary icons.
DeRosa, 49, who lives in the Oak Grove area of Southwest Roanoke County, is a 1970s rock ‘n ‘roll-loving mom of two with a Brooklyn accent, frizzy blond hair and a razor wit she sharpens on her local blog. She’s also the owner of a Salem auto repair shop.
Nicely, 52, is an upstate New York native who moved here in her late teens with her truck-driver dad. She lives in the Wasena neighborhood, is a supervisor for Goodwill Industries and has a penchant for animals.
“I have never, ever been political before,” she says emphatically.
What they share is anger and disgust at the federal government’s spend-your-way-out-the-recession mentality.
“I really do not like the way the federal government is spending our money,” DeRosa says.
The two women were moved to action after some Feb. 19 comments by CNBC reporter Rick Santelli. That day, he was reporting on-air from the Chicago Mercantile Exchange floor when he launched into a rant about the federal government’s stimulus plan.
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They expect a crowd of people who are nervous about their jobs, their retirements, their children’s future. Talking to each other, on Tax Day, about those fears and what they can do about it.
How can that be a bad thing?
Thanks to RoanokeRnR in the comments.