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UPDATE: Student group holding Tea Party rally

Posted on October 28, 2010 in News
By Paul Koenig

Update: The rally has been moved because of weather to room 165 in the Science Building.

A newly-formed conservative student group is planning a Tea Party rally Friday at 2 p.m. on the lawn between Luther Bonney Hall and Payson Smith Hall.

With 13 members, the group organizing the event, the College Conservatives, has only been active since September. The group’s president, April O’Leary, says the goal of the event is to announce that USM has a conservative group.

While she expects roughly 75 people to attend, O’Leary doesn’t expect a lot of students to come. She said it’s difficult to get students involved outside of classes. She said she thought most students disagree with the Tea Party’s views.

“I came here as a freshman and I came from a very conservative family,” said O’Leary. “I never wanted to say I was a conservative because I felt like I would be ostracized,”  she said. “I want to give students a chance to feel safe about their views.”

However, O’Leary said, more than anything, she would like to see more students involved politically on campus, regardless of their affiliation.

O’Leary said State Representative candidate Lois Snowe-Mello, State Senate candidate Garrett Mason and Scott D’Amboise, a 2012 Senate candidate hopeful, are expected to speak and Tea Partiers from Cumberland county and Augusta will also be in attendance.

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