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Small, Determined Tea Party Crowd at Mission Viejo Tax Day Protest 2012

Conservatives rallied for lower taxes and smaller government Monday night. But there were fewer protesters than in the past.

Has the Mission Viejo Tea Party movement lost some steam?

Certainly that's not the case for the 38 or so protesters Monday night riling up passing cars at La Paz and Marguerite to support smaller government and lower taxes.

But since the first tax day rally in 2009, the number of protesters has dropped each year. Organizers estimated a crowd of 700 in 2010. In 2011 .

Attendants gave different reasons for the shrinking attendance. Tea Party patriot Lamar Kelsoe said not enough time was spent organizing the protest. Participants were told about two weeks before the event, he said.

Protester Karl Heft had other reasons. He pointed out the county Republican meeting was being held at the same time, which could have siphoned off some protesters. Monday is also a tough day for protests, he said.

He said election fatigue from the long Republican nomination may be wearing on some of the party faithful.

Heft also said some of the missing protesters might have been trying to figure out their taxes--"and how to pay for them."

Those that attended wore red, white and blue. There were depictions of eagles and lots of American flags were waved. Signs with clever phrases encouraged passers-by to vote against President Barack Obama in the November election.

Heft and his wife Janine brought their two young children to the protest. As "God Bless the USA" played on the loudspeaker, Heft and his son waved at passing cars.

"I love this song," he said as it started.

Janine and Karl Heft work together in mortgage brokerage. Karl is vice president of the California Republican Assembly, a volunteer wing of the Republican party founded by Ronald Reagan.

Karl said the Tea Party has drawn independents and some conservative Democrats into the Republican party.

"The government seems to be the only one without a recession," he said, adding that while other costs drop, taxes remain steady.

During the protest Todd Spitzer held up a package of traditional light bulbs. Spitzer, who is running for Orange County supervisor, said it was unfair of the government to phase out the standard lightbulb in favor of more efficient and more expensive alternatives.

Spitzer served as emcee for the evening protest, as he had last year.

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Nick Wilson April 18, 2012 at 02:38 AM
Spitzer and Heft in no way represent the tea party, and are in fact the kind of Republicans the tea party seeks to root out. While Spitzer wouldn't dare show up to a real tea party, his opponent is a well known tea party activist, Deb Pauly.
Roger H April 18, 2012 at 04:19 AM
If Todd Spitzer was leading a real Tea Party rally, then Planned Parenthood is pro-life/anti-abortion. No wonder the turn out was small, as principled conservatives in Orange County who know that Todd Spitzer is far from being a friend of tax payers stayed away. The real Tea Party candidate in the Third District OC Board of Supervisors race is Deb Pauly. Learn more about her at debpauly.com
Save our country April 18, 2012 at 06:40 AM
Todd Spitzer is not aligned with Tea Party values. He is the antithesis of a Tea Party activist. Please don't insult the Tea Party. Deborah Pauly for Board of Supervisors. You get what you see and see what you get with Deborah.
Cathy April 18, 2012 at 08:01 AM
As Co-Founder of the SOC912 tea party group, this group is not a bonafide tea party. This group was tea party in name only TPINO. Emails I received from the so-called Mission Viejo Tea Party didn't mention Scott Baugh or Todd Spitzer. It wasn't until Todd Spitzer's campaign sent me an email did we know Todd and Scott would be there as headliners. What a joke! Our OC GOP is pathetic. Now, Karl Heft knows what a real tea party is, having been to our SOC912 tea party rallies, so what a turncoat he is, a loyalist to the establishment. Scott Baugh hates the tea party. The tea party is getting in his way. He wants them destroyed. Why would a Republican support union backed Todd over patriot Deborah Pauly? Because they'd rather support the union that is bankrupting us over a true American who is fighting for WE THE PEOPLE, that's you and me, ordinary folks. Vote Deborah Pauly, the underdog in this race, because the OC GOP RINOs have a vendetta against her. Come to an OC GOP meeting and see for yourself.
Bobby XD9 April 18, 2012 at 10:45 AM
Special Interest Spitzer attending a "Tea Party" will no more make him conservative than his standing in a garage will make him a car! www.debpauly.com
Todd Spitzer Campaign April 18, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Todd Spitzer Campaign: it is typical for Deb Pauly and her supporters to insult everyone who is trying to make America better if Pauly isn't the self-annointed leader. Pauly's entire elected City Council of Villa Park supports Spitzer. Pauly has cost her small city in the tens of thousands for extra Sheriff's security because of her vile and racist remarks. She and her husband were drunk in the City of Orange on February 5, 2011 when she tried to distract the police during their drunk driving investigation of her husband. Her husband slipped his hand-cuffs while in the back of the police car after he was arrested. Pauly then demanded that she be given the keys to the car to drive it home. The officer refused the drunken Pauly from being the menace that she is and driving drunk too. Pauly is vile, reckless and a hypocrite. Spitzer is supported by Sheriff Hutchens, Supervisors Bates, Campbell and Nguyen. Check out his endorsements at www.toddspitzer.com . Pauly has no support. Period. Her statements on this site demeaning the good people who attended the rally to show their love for our Country should be condemned just like everything else that Pauly and her cronies are involved with. Pauly ruins everything and everyone that she touches or is involved with. Her evil will continue to be exposed in this campaign. Pauly cannot be allowed to hold any office in this county.
Dan Avery April 18, 2012 at 03:52 PM
And then the wheels came off...
Mary April 18, 2012 at 06:39 PM
This whole thing is disraceful! Who is Cathy judgemental, Richason to tell anyone who is or isn't a real Tea partier? Did anyone every think, there are some of us who have been tea partiers before the word Tea Party was cool? Many of us have been fighting the RHINO's & Liberals for 20, 30 & 40 years. The Tea Partiers just came on line three or so years ago (I am delighted & happy they woke up). We all want to take back our Country. No one needs to be so darn judgemental. Where were you Miss Judgemental, Richardson while Scott Baugh, Todd Spitzer, Karl Heft, myself and many more were pulling your wagons, until you finally woke up and saw your country going to Hell in a hand basket? Scott Baugh happens to be more conservative that most anyone I have ever known, but he dosen't have to wear his conservatism on his sleeve to show off, like some do. I would like to see folks start pulling together and fighting the Democrats instead of Republicans, but that probably won't happen, because no one would be a big shot if we all worked as a team. STOP being such a bully and don't worry about what others are doing. Tend to your own business and let others tend to theirs. WE LOVE THIS COUNTRY TOO!! You don't have the market cornered on that. By the way, We are all God's children. For proclaiming to be such good Christians, do you think, this is the way our Lord expects you to behave? Chairman Baugh made a ruling last yr. Take union money, NO endorsement from the OCGOP! God Bless
Mary April 18, 2012 at 06:48 PM
By the way, Chairman Baugh was overwhelmed with joy, when he saw folks (The Tea party) standing up to the big spendes & regulators. Where do you get this kind of trash? I though it was only liberals who lied and didn't need proof or use facts when they speak out? I guess they are not the only one's who perpetrate lies and deception.
Mary April 18, 2012 at 07:04 PM
By the way, Chairman Baugh likes the tea party, a whole lot. So, don't be exactly like a liberal and spread false statements until you have either proof & or facts. When you perpetrate these lies, you only look bad. Most folks know the truth, except for your little group of followers, who keep drinking your cool-aid. GOD BLESS MY FELLOW MAN & GOD BLESS THE USA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Herb April 18, 2012 at 09:08 PM
I can remember the firestorm in Robinson Ranch. When the Governor, and our esteemed Sate Senator Ackerman could not be bothered--Todd was their urging the deployment of water dropping aircraft. If you want action Todd is the man. If you want drivel and polemics look to someone like littl e Danny Boy.
Herb April 18, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Nonsense litttle Boy
Mary April 18, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Would someone please, explain what a bonafide tea party is? I have been to two Tea Parties in DC and stayed for five days each. I love this Country & will fight for her until the day I die and I do, seven days a week, but I guess, since I am part of the OCGOP, I don't qualify to be a REAL Tea Partier? What is it I have to do? Do I need to yell louder or boo or hiss after someone I don't care for speaks, do I need to learn to be super rude if you don't agree with me 100%. I knew Ronald Reagan, I disagreed with him sometime when he was Governor, but like he said; If we can agree 80% of the time, that is a good thing. If one is so ridgid he can't ever get elected, than what is the point? I suppose we could all sit home, because Romney was not our choice, then, Obama can be re-elected, after that, he can appoint two more radical, leftest, Supreme Court Justices. That's what happened before, because folks didn't like McCain, so they sat home and now, look what has happened to our great country. I am not perfect & neither are any of you! God, Please, help us take back our beautiful Country!
Danean Here April 18, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Are you really a representative of Spitzer's campaign? I love Spitzer. The tone of this post doesn't sound like something he'd endorse.
Matt Corrigan April 19, 2012 at 02:39 AM
How interesting that everyone claiming to be the "real tea party" was NOT there, or may I add, ANYWHERE else that I know of on the patriot protest on tax day. And while excessive taxation and the U.S. economy are headed the way of Greece all they can do is demean and condemn long time leaders of Conservatism. I noticed the grass roots conservative Republican CRA endorsed Todd Sptizer. Now the vocal anarchist, libertarian, attack crowd is ready to tear it all down.What a shame this group still weighs in on matters they have only been involved in in the last 2 or 3 years. All the hard work to walk the precincts, call voters, enlist others to fight corruption, and support conservative candidates and all the cost in time, resources and energy to get out the voters and get out the message and the vote and all they can do is tell us (many of us have been in the fight for years), who is an who is not conservative. This is not productive or even wise. But the election of a lifetime is coming this fall and a Constitutional Republic stands in the balance. If you really believe in Conservative values and Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness then go to work on whatever constructive path you want but please don't obstruct what you claim to believe in. If you think that becoming an instant candidate or conservative leader overnight is something you should do fine, go do it. No one is standing in your way... but you. God bless the U.S.A.
Cathy April 19, 2012 at 07:26 AM
Ron Paulers use the same argument you do, "we were the first tea party!" If MV Tea Party is a real tea party then Scott Baugh and Spitzer would not have been invited because they don't reflect the tea party views. The tea party is trying to right the Republican party because it has fallen so far short over the years. Aren't we Republicans still losing voters to Decline to State, Undecided and American Independent. I saw those stats; it doesn't look good for all the "tea party" work the GOP has been doing. There has always been talk around the country of the tea party movement being hijacked by the GOP for their advantage. I just think that's what Baugh is trying to do and union supported Spitzer wants to take advantage of the tea party name. I wouldn't be so adamant if we were so close to tyranny. If you compare union supported Spitzer to patriot Pauly, if you really love your country versus the R-party, then the vote should go to Pauly. Pauly has always, always voted for WE THE PEOPLE and has had the courage to tackle the controversial issues. We need more politicians like her!
Cathy April 19, 2012 at 07:34 AM
Let's see union supported Todd Spitzer or Deborah Pauly who stood up for Arizona, who spoke out against ObamaCare, who had the courage to speak out against radical Islam and desires to protect American citizens. Didn't I hear Todd got fired from one of his positions and didn't he get scolded for telling a lie? By the way pulling out the light bulb issue at the tea party was really funny, as if that was going to resonate with the tea partiers, ha, ha! It's union money corruption, payback that will resonate with the tea partiers, but I guess that's not an issue you can rightfully tackle. Voters, pay attention: it's insanity to expect something different if you do the same thing over and over again like put Todd back into office.
Mary April 19, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Cathy, The OCGOP & Scott or me or whoever has not hijacked the tea party. Like I said before, we were tea partiers before tea party was cool.Scott is more conservative than most. To answer your question, no, we are not losing more Republicans, infact we are regaining the tea partiers. Check the ROV. We have been registering in huge numbers. You know Cathy, you don't have to be so judgemental. You are not in charge of anyone or anything. I am not supporting Deb, but I am certainly not going to beat up on her. We disagree on some things, but that's the way it goes. You feel compelled to be hateful & accuse the OCGOP of things that are simply not true, but how would you know, you never get involved with us to see all the work we do on behalf of conservatives. I am not writing anymore, I have three races to win. In closing, Cathy, try to understand, everyone is not perfect like you and you don't need to always be mean and hateful to others. Go out and do good stuff like the rest of the Tea Partiers do. God Bless this great country!

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