BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - They're known for stirring the political pot and the Tea PartyExpress made a stop in Buffalo with an interesting result.
The Tea Party Express came to continue rallying those who feelstrongly about high taxes, the flagging economy, and the lack ofjobs across the country. They succeeded on that note, but therewere some local issues that were bubbling up behind the scenes.
It was a political rally for legions of Americans unhappy withhow they see the country headed. The Tea Party Express, a travelingpolitical show, was making its stop in Buffalo.
Tea Party Chairman Mark Williams said, "I canceled my healthinsurance and if Obama wants to arrest me, come and get mepal!"
Tea Party Express Director Amy Kremer said, "And come November,we are going to make a change in this country and take our countryback. We're going to do it together!"
The Tea Party Express travels by bus. Three busloads pulled upto the Commercial Slip at Buffalo's Inner Harbor and while firingup the crowd, sensitivity to a family which has given up a lot fortheir country sometimes isn't always strong suit.
Williams said, "Next door, in Massachusetts, Scott Brown hasreplaced the Kennedy scourge and is now working on rolling backfifty years of damage done to the country from the Kennedy's."
But many of the Western New Yorkers who showed up at the rallywere here for the big picture.
Roni Willett said, "So we gathered up as many people as we couldfrom the neighborhood and came down."
While the rally was more about national politics, a few localswere allowed to speak, including Republican candidate for governorCarl Paladino.
"And all of you will come to Albany with me. We will win thisthing. Trust me," said Paladino.
But Paladino was not as enthusiastic when it came to questionsabout e-mails and videos that have passed by his desk with racialand sexist overtones.
Paladino said, "The fact that they're bringing it out is anattempt at smearing and mis-characterizing. I don't know if they'retrue. I resent e-mails that were sent to me by others. That'sall."
Those communications Paladino was referring to were brought tolight by a local website, WNYMedia.net. They included pictures wecannot show on family television and some of them go back twoyears, but others were fairly recent. Paladinoaddressed the media about the racism allegations.
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