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Tea Part Activists Rally in Clinton Square

By Ryan Morden

Oswego, NY – Tea Party activists plan to be busy in Central New York this week.

A nation-wide tour, known as "The Tea Party Express," plans to stop in Clinton Square Monday.

The tour began a couple weeks ago in Searchlight, Nevada, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's hometown.

It's scheduled to end in Washington DC on Thursday, April 15th, which is the day when income tax returns are due.

Meanwhile, Central New York Patriots, a local tea party group, plans to rally in Syracuse on Thursday.

Joann Wilder is an organizer.

"We will not be having any candidates speak at our rallies because that is something we are against. We don't do any endorsing, we don't give them a platform to speak on. It will be all citizens from across the state of New York, from Doctors, college professors to ministers will be speaking about what's going on in this country," said Wilder.

Wilder said the Central New York Patriots are focusing on federal races this year, not state elections. She said the only exception might be for the race for governor.