Tea Party forum: reducing spending

Tax Day protest, 2009.

Given the Tea Party’s national reputation, I was a little leery of tonight’s Jackson Hole Tea Party forum at The Virginian. And sure enough, the applause was noticeably tepid when I was introduced.

But I gave it a shot, anyway. Candidates were given five minutes to talk about themselves. I listed my experience as a journalist, asking hard questions in news stories and learning to think in terms of the public interest. I also talked about working on the Snake River for 13 seasons, learning a lot about running a small business and a tight ship from the Barker and Ewing families.

Because the Tea Party is concerned about spending, I emphasized that we need a more conservative approach. Too often, that word becomes disassociated from its root, “conserve,” which is a big part of my life.

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