However, Ryan Mills of NaplesNews.com saw the event behind Estero Community Park’s rec center be more like a campaign stop for congressional hopeful Curt Clawson, endorsed by the Tea Party Express in the CD 19 race.
By noontime, only Clawson showed up. In his speech, he touched upon many of the Tea party talking points, calling to cancel Obamacare, reject Common Core and pushing a pro-life agenda.
“This tour and this rally is to give a platform to all the candidates to make their argument why they’re the best conservative, and why they should be elected,” Tea Party Express Executive Director Taylor Budowich told NapelsNews.
Dominated by Clawson supporters, the event also included speeches by former U.S. Rep. Connie Mack and local Tea Party favorite Byron Donalds. Mack talked about his proposed “Penny Plan” for federal fiscal responsibility.
The Tea Party Express, a national organization based in Sacramento, Calif., used Fort Myers as the start of “Fighting for Liberty,” a 14-day, 14-stop bus tour.
The tour will stay in the area through Election Day, ending up on May 1 in Minneapolis, Minn.
“This is our first stop,” said Budowich. “This is our launching point.”