The Tea Party faithful gathered Saturday for a loud and enthusiastic rally aimed at getting out the vote on Nov. 6 and putting Republicans Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in the White House.
The Racine Tea Party’s “Rally for Jobs” kicked off at 2:30 p.m. Saturday inside the old Sam’s Club at 6200 Regency West Drive.
Before the event could get under way, though, organizers say a truck affixed with “Obama” stickers drove through the parking lot and dumped quantities of nails.
“We went outside and picked up what we could,” said Lou D’Abbraccio, holding a cup filled with nails. “But this was just wrong.”
Lora Halberstadt, a Tea party member, said the group did call the Racine Police Department to file a report.
Patch asked two RPD officers outside the venue if they could confirm the report, but they only said they couldn’t comment about a truck.
According to the shift commander on duty Sunday morning, officers responded to the old Sam’s Club Saturday morning to take a report from event organizers.
“The report says that sometime between 9 and 11 a.m. someone threw roofing nails across the parking lot,” the lietenant told Patch. “There is no mention of a type of vehicle or ideas for who might have done this.”
Inside the venue, a crowd of around 1,000 grew to about 2,500, many of them waving signs or wearing t-shirts proclaiming their support for candidates on the Republican ticket.
The list of guest speakers was a Who’s Who of conservative leaders — including local Republican state legislative candidates Pam Stevens and Tom Weatherston; and state Rep. Robin Vos; former Navy SEAL Chris Heben; U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson; Ryan’s brother, Tobin Ryan; former Gov. Tommy Thompson; Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey; and conservative talk show host Vicki McKenna.
Each speaker touched on points where they think President Barack Obama and his administration has failed, but their message also echoed that of the Democrats: take advantage of early voting and get everyone you know, and even those you don’t, to cast a ballot in what they called the most important election of our time.
As for the vandalism, Patch also has a message into the RPD public information officer, and we will update this story if any other details are available.