CONTACT: Levi Russell at (509) 979-6615 or [email protected]


The “Showdown in Searchlight” tea party rally takes place at “High Noon” on Saturday, March 27th in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s tiny hometown of Searchlight, NV (population: 700) in the southern Nevada desert.

Just hours after the House vote in favor of the Obama-Pelosi-Reid government-run healthcare plan, opponents of the measure have rallied on line to fight for the bill’s repeal.

A petition drive launched by the Tea Party Express has received thousands of signatures during the overnight hours. And the rate of new signatures is exploding now that many of them are waking up to the news of the House vote.

The petition can be viewed here:

The petition signature count can be viewed – be sure to hit “Refresh” to see the count grow ever-higher – here:

“As Americans wake up to the news that Congress has once again defied the will of the people, and the Constitution, we here in the tea party movement are fighting back. We’re going to Kill The Bill one way or the other,” said Mark Williams, Chairman of the Tea Party Express.

“And now we’ve been given a handy target list for candidates to defeat in the upcoming November 2010 congressional elections. If you voted for this push towards socialism, then you might want to start packing up your office belongings right now. Because we here in the tea party movement are going to be handing out pink slips on Election Day!” Williams added.

There has been one other noticeable result from the House vote on healthcare. A surge in emails and phone calls to the Tea Party Express about supporting the upcoming “Just Vote Them Out” national tea party tour, beginning with the “Showdown in Searchlight” kickoff event in Harry Reid’s hometown of Searchlight, NV.

“We’ve found out the past several hours just how many people are determined to come to Searchlight and help us defeat Harry Reid and send him home for an early retirement,” Williams concluded.

Tea Party Express III: Just Vote Them Out national tour kicks off March 27th in Searchlight, NV with 42 tea party rallies across the nation, ending in Washington, D.C. for the Tax Day Tea Party on April 15th. More information available online at:

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Media organizations wishing to embed a reporter on the Tea Party Express national tour, or those seeking more information about the “Tea Party Express” or to schedule an interview with a representative, should contact Levi Russell at (509) 979-6615 or via email at: [email protected]