POLITICS
08/03/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Tea Party Movement Loses Steam: July 4th Events Get Little Media. GOP Support

While South Carolina's political establishment wrestles with the fate of Gov. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.), Ron Parks has already moved on. He's one of the organizers of a July 4 Tea Party in Charleston, a rally that will celebrate America and protest the way that President Barack Obama is governing it.

"We had 6,000 people show up at the last Tea Party in Charleston, on April 15, when [Gov.] Sanford spoke, said Parks, a contractor who lost his job earlier this year and quickly found work as a volunteer with the Tea Party movement. "We're expecting fewer people this time, but I'd love to have to eat my words."

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