News Item: (USA!)Va. biker rallies for Constitution in R.I.
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Posted by MJF
Thursday 19 August 2010 - 11:54:35


Gardner, right, meets gubernatorial hopeful John Robitaille at Wednesday’s rally at the State House, with state representative candidate Karin Gorman in the background.

PROVIDENCE — Virginia small-business owner Daren Gardner said God inspired his cross-country motorcycle ride to reaffirm the U.S. Constitution. On Wednesday, Gardner brought that mission, and his message that the federal government has overstepped its bounds, to a State House rally sponsored by the East Bay Patriots.

A crowd of 50 people, some waving “Don’t Tread on Me” flags, and more than a dozen candidates greeted Gardner as he rode to the Smith Street entrance, under Providence police escort.

It was Gardner’s sixth appearance since he started his 48-state “Constitution Ride Across America” tour on Sunday.

The candidates were a receptive audience of Democrats, Republicans, independents and one perennial Cool Moose Party member, running for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, General Assembly, Congress, and Providence mayor. Among them were members of the Rhode Island Tea Party and the anti-illegal immigration group Rhode Islanders for Immigration Law Enforcement [RIILE].

“I am just one American. This war’s not going to be won on the back of one American,” said Gardner. “It’s gonna be won because each and every one of us today and across this nation who believe in our Constitution are willing to stand forth, step out and make a difference.”

Bearded and in blue jeans, with an American flag pin clipped to his shoe, Gardner said he was first inspired to form a local Patriots organization in Virginia after radio and TV commentator Glenn Beck aired a “We Surround Them” Fox News special last year.

Among those attending were: Republican gubernatorial candidates John Robitaille and Victor G. Moffitt; lieutenant governor Cool Moose candidate Robert J. Healey; Republican 1st District congressional candidate John J. Loughlin II; Democratic 2nd District congressional candidate Ernest A. Greco; independent candidate Keven A. McKenna for attorney general; Democratic incumbent Rep. Jon Brien; Republican candidates for state representative Daniel P. Gordon Jr., Philip J. Duquette, Timothy Burchett and Doreen Costa; independents Karin Gorman and Deloris R. Issler; and Kara J. Russo, Republican candidate for both lieutenant governor and Rhode Island’s 1st District congressional race; and Providence Democratic mayoral candidate Christopher F. Young. At least 10 candidates spoke.

Brien, to whom Gardner gave a copy of the Constitution, asked that the federal government “stay out of our pockets and out of our lives.”

Moffitt later complained that he was denied the right to speak. A Tea Party member, Moffitt said he had stood for reform before the Tea Party existed. (Moffitt was a leader of the Reform Party in Rhode Island in the 1990s.) Russo and Young said they also had asked to speak.

Rally organizer Marina Peterson, of the East Bay Patriots, said Moffitt did not sign up by the June cut-off date.

“It’s not that they weren’t allowed to speak,” said Peterson. “They didn’t ask,” she said. She also said those who spoke did so by invitation, and the rally had a tight schedule to maintain before Gardner left for Boston.

Daren Gardner’s “Constitution Ride Across America,” website is at www.craa2010.com.


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