LIVE BLOG: Tea Party Rallies for Republican Recall Targets
We're blogging live from the Tea Party Express rally in Thiensville on Saturday night.
This is a transcript of the live blog from Saturday night's Tea Party Express rally at Village Park in Thiensville.
The complete story from the rally - and more photos - can be found here.
7:20 PM: Tonight's rally had patriotic tone throughout. Many American Flags, and people wearing red, white and blue garb.
7:13 PM: Two police officers at rally estimate that 275 people attended.
7:06 PM: The rally has wrapped up. There were about 250 people in attendance...and about five or six protesters. The crowd is dispersing.
7:03 PM: About a half a dozen protesters now relaxing under tree far from Tea Party rally in Thiensville park. No confrontations at all tonight.
7:01 PM: "Taps" is now being played as about 200 Tea Party supporters stand in silence.
6:59 PM: Rally is wrapping up. Ron and Kay Rivoli sing another song to end the event.
6:57 PM: "Eyes of the nation are on you," said Andrea Shea King, blogger and radio host. "American is with you."
6:55 PM: "I am all jazzed up!" Andrea Shea King, blogger and radio host, tells the rally participants.
6:52 PM: Eric Odom, of Grassfire Nation, tells the crowd that Gov. Scott Walker has created 40,000 jobs since he's been in office.
6:50 PM: State Sen. Alberta Darling is not at this event. She was invited by Tea Party Express organizers, but isn't here.
6:47 PM: Tea Party Express' duo (don't have their name) sings another song as we await next speaker.
6:40 PM: Speaker at rally: "They made it about collective bargaining, it's about collective bullying. We are not going to be bullied anymore."
6:30 PM: A Tea Party Express song is now being sung at the rally. Meanwhile, a group of about five protesters are circling the event.
6:18 PM: "We are in a devil's handbasket until 2012," a speaker says at rally.
6:15 PM: "Wisconsin is Ground Zero," Amy Kremer, chair of Tea Party Express, tells the crowd.
6:05 PM: The rally has officially started...with a moment of silence to remember the 31 troops who died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. And then all sang the national anthem.
6:00 PM: So far, there are no signs of protesters. Unlike what happened in Hudson, WI, on Friday, where things got a little heated.
5:50 PM: About 200 people have arrived at the rally waiting for the event to get under way. There are also about a dozen police officers from the area on hand to keep the peace.
There are a lot of flags and a lot of red, white and blue T-shirts.
Those in attendance say they're waiting for state Sen. Alberta Darling to arrive, although her campaign said earlier in the day it's unlikely she will be there.