By PE Politics
on April 15, 2010 9:18 AM

Crowds of flag-waving, sign carrying tea partiers are descending on the National Mall today for a big tax-day rally to protest what they view as government spending run amuck. The Republican Party is jumping at the opportunity as a chance to bring the group into its fold ahead of the 2010 elections.

It could be a tough sell, since the fiscally conservative group hasn’t forgotten that many GOP lawmakers supported the 2008 Wall Street bailouts — a stance many tea partiers have found difficult to forgive.

As noted in an article in today’s The Hill, a Washington politics journal, several members of the GOP leadership were not invited to speak at the rally, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl, R-Ariz, House Minority Leader John Boehner R-Ohio and House Minority Whip Eric Cantor R-Va.

Reps. Ron Paul, R-Texas and Michele Bachmann R-Minn, are among a handful of of Republicans asked to address the rally.

Boehner, Cantor and other House Republicans will instead hold a separate press conference today to slam the Obama administration’s “tax-and-spend agenda and how it is destroying American Jobs,” according to a news release issued this morning.

Although he was not slated to join them, Inland Rep. Jerry Lewis jumped into the action, voicing praise for the group, which he says has been unfairly characterized as a fringe group.

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