Monday, April 24, 2017

Update on 99th District Tea Party

This is to inform everyone that the 99th District Tea Party is officially out of business.  The 99th DTP previously served Lancaster and Northumberland counties.  Formed in late 2008, the 99th DTP had 35 - 40 regular members and met monthly in Lively, Lancaster County.

Two events led to our demise.
1.  Our then-president, Don Johnson, scheduled a series of guest speakers all of whom were virulent anti-Muslims, one even claimed that President Obama was a "closet Muslim" and CIA Director John Brennan had "converted to Islam."  Johnson followed these meetings with a series of bizarre meetings in which he urged us to "be prepared" for an attempted "Muslim takeover" of the US.  These events led to many members leaving the group. A series of letters to the editor in local newspapers calling attention to these bizarre events did not help.

2.  In October 2015 we held a forum for local candidates (school board, supervisors, town council) to make presentations and answer questions from the audience.  Then-president Don Johnson openly berated some candidates and audience members and cut off candidates with whom he disagreed.

Since early 2016, our meetings attracted only 5-6 people.  Our website is now defunct; our Facebook page has had no postings since April 2015.

We attempted to form an alternative organization, the First District Freedom Coalition.  However, our then-VP and communications director Lyn Niera scheduled another wacky anti-Muslim speaker for our first meeting.  The first meeting was cancelled for lack of interest and the FDFC never got off the ground.

Our neighboring Tea Party in Montross, Westmoreland County, is faltering badly and likely will collapse in a few months.

Signed:  Edgar Doleman, past president, 99th District Tea Party

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