Tea party gets new leader
Bill Hay founded the Jefferson Area Tea Party in 2009. This year, when Tax Day rolls around, the local tea party finds itself with a new chair: Charlottesvillean Carole Thorpe.
Hay has endorsed and is now employed by Laurence Verga, one of six Republicans vying to challenge 5th District Congressman Tom Perriello. That's why he decided to resign his chairmanship of the local tea party, which has not endorsed a candidate. "It didn't seem right," says Hay. "I'm still part of the tea party and support it."
The Jefferson Area Tea Party rallies again April 15 at the U.S. Post Office on Seminole Trail.