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Long Island's Tea Party gearing up

Are we in for a hot political summer here on Long Island?


It seemed so long ago that members of the U.S. Congress were elected for life.

When four of the five U.S. Reps on Long Island were entrenched Democrats, and voter registration numbers were trending toward Democrats in this former Republican stronghold.

Welcome to 2010 and disgruntled voters, and a national recession and Tea Party activists and any one of several other factors you could cite.

Here it is only February and the Tea Party activists on Long Island are spending their nights and weekends trying to gin up anger at the four Congressional Democrats: Tim Bishop, Steve Israel, Carolyn McCarthy and Gary Ackerman. (Republican Peter King appears to have been given a pass.)

The activists have been hosting meetings to introduce potential challengers, and plan a series of rallies. They’re scheduled to hold the first of back-to-back weekend rallies this Saturday in Garden City. For details, see here.

“Fellow patriots,” the announcement reads, “2010 is here and it’s time to turn up the heat on our Pelosi Puppets as we work to take our country back! Let’s show our ‘Representatives’ that they have to answer to us. Come out, bring your signs, bring your friends as we kick off a year of fun and games!”

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