Small gathering seen for Sooner Tea Party at Oklahoma Capitol
BY Staff Reports NewsOK.com
Friday, April 15, 2011
OKLAHOMA CITY - A local tea party group that has splintered from other tea party groups held a small gathering billed as a rally outside the Capitol on Thursday.
Sooner Tea Party drew less than 30 people to its event Thursday.
The group's leader, Al Gerhart, told the small crowd that the group spent $1,000 on radio advertising for the event.
The turnout was a far cry from the 5,000 who showed up to a similar event on April 15 two years ago outside the Capitol.
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Bryan Morris, who is from Poteau but now lives in Oklahoma City, wears a "Don't Tread on Me" shirt to the rally. About 30 people gathered on the south side of the state Capitol Thursday morning to support Sooner Tea Party causes at a rally organized by the group's Oklahoma City leader, Al Gerhart. JIM BECKEL/NewsOK.com