Former Vice Presidential Candidate Will Be Keynote Speaker At Rally
April 15, 2011- Sarah Palin is set to attend a tea party rally in Madison this weekend.
The former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate is set to speak at the tea party's annual tax day rally Saturday at the state Capitol.
The rally is designed to correspond with the day taxes are due. The event is scheduled to run from noon to 2 p.m. at the King Street entrance.
Palin will be joined by talk show host James T. Harris and John Fund, a columnist for the Wall Street Journal, among others.
The tea party group Americans for Prosperity organized the rally.
"It should be a great event. We're excited. (Palin's) bold. Anytime you listen to her, she doesn't pull any punches," said Matt Seaholm, Wisconsin state director of Americans for Prosperity. "(The rally) is to remind our elected officials of who they work for — it's the taxpayers."
Vicki McKenna, 1310 WIBA radio host, is also attending the event.
"You've got Gov. Walker with some very bold reforms, and you've got resistance from the status quo. Sarah Palin recognizes Wisconsin is ground zero in this battle," McKenna said. "(She's) coming into the belly of the beast, literally. You know what? We have presidential candidates who are afraid to come to Madison. This woman is absolutely fearless."
The Wisconsin Democratic Party, still stinging over Gov. Scott Walker's divisive collective bargaining law, said in a statement that Palin and Walker complement each perfectly because each of them wants to lower wages and benefits for Wisconsin families.
"These are ideologues who don't understand the damage their doing to Wisconsin's modern economy," said Mike Tate, chairman of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.
Others said they aren't thrilled with Palin's presence in Wisconsin.
"I don't appreciate her coming to Madison and messing with Wisconsin politics in the first place," said Lisa Guderyon-Dieck.
Matt Moscicke said he's a Republican but he's not sold on Palin or even why she's coming to Madison.
"Obviously Wisconsin is a hotbed right now of political discourse, but I don't know what sort of impact a former governor of Alaska intends to have on our state," Moscicke said.