Jim DeMint in Tampa on Wednesday, as part of “growing chorus of conservatives”

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If you were hoping to have a chance to meet former U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint in a conservative town-hall-style meeting Wednesday.

The free event, sponsored by the Heritage Action for America, has reached capacity at the Crowne Plaza Tampa Westshore on West Kennedy Boulevard. The group has closed further RSVPs through their website.

The Tea Party firebrand passes through Tampa as part of a tour to spread the word about the “growing chorus of conservatives” across the country. DeMint was one of the first leaders of the Tea Party movement in 2010.

DeMint represented South Carolina in the Senate from 2005 to 2013, and abruptly left Congress to be Heritage’s leader in January. His new job is much the same as his old one in the Senate — holding the conservative movement accountable.  

According to the group’s website, “Unless we conservatives stand up for what we believe, liberals will continue to get their way.”

Participants are invited to exchange ideas with others “willing to make a stand” for traditional principles. They will also have a chance to meet Heritage’s Regional Coordinator, as well as network with other like-minded Tampa-area activists. Part of the program will also be a debate on some of the most serious ideological battles currently taking place in Washington.

For those who made reservations, registration for the event begins at 6 p.m., and the town hall starts at 7 p.m. The Crown Plaza Tampa Westshore is at 5303 West Kennedy Boulevard.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.