Romney in Town Tonight; Tax Day Protests Tomorrow
Mitt Romney will be in town tonight for the fourth annual Tri-State Tax Day Summit at the Franklin Institute, beginning at 6:30 p.m. He’ll be there to address the Independence Hall Tea Party Association, who say they are holding the event to discuss Tea Party principles of low taxes, less government and free enterprise.
Romney will be joined by a number of groups and politicians from Pennsylvania and New Jersey, including Congressman (and former Eagle) Jon Runyan of South Jersey and Congressman Charlie Dent. and U.S. Senator Pat Toomey will be on hand. Sgt. Robert Allen Mansfield, who is running in Pennsylvania’s 2nd District against Chaka Fattah will be on hand, as well, and endorsed Mitt Romney for president today.
According to a report at Fox 29, District Attorney Seth Williams and Controller Alan Butkovitz will be holding a rival press conference at the Liberty Bell. Both Williams and Butkovitz are members of President Barack Obama’s “Truth Team” for the area.
Community action groups like Fight For Philly, Occupy and the local MoveOn affiliate are currently on their way to protest Romney’s visit to the city. And they have more in store for tomorrow.
Across the state, groups will be holding tax day protests, but not for the same reasons similar gatherings have sprung up in recent years. Fight For Philly, along with sister groups across the commonwealth, like One Pittsburgh, will gather in their respective city centers (in Philly, they’ll be in Love Park), calling on elected leaders to “close tax loopholes,” according to a press release. Other protests will be held in Bethlehem, Johnstown, Wilkes Barre, Erie, West Chester, Jefferson Hills, West Moreland County and State College and, according to the groups, are a symptom of “voter discontent against the rich, big corporations, and politicians who have created an economic emergency for the 99%.”
The events are being put together as part of “The 99 Percent Spring.” Considering the sorts of protests Americans have seen in mid-April over the past few years, the tax dialogue may be another scalp the Occupy/99 Percent movement can claim.
Tomorrow’s protest in Philly begins at 3 p.m. and moves to the Comcast Center at 3:15 p.m.