Wetumpka Political Activist Returns From Washington DC


By Alabama News Network

A Wetumpka political activist is back home after testifying at a U.S. congressional hearing in Washington.

Becky Gerritson defended the Wetumpka Tea Party, saying it was targeted by the IRS because of its conservative political views.

She caught national attention with an impassioned plea at Tuesday's hearing.

"I'm not here as a serf or a vassal.  I'm not begging my lord for mercy.  I'm a born-free American woman, wife, mother and citizen.  And I'm telling my government that you've forgotten your place," she said at the hearing.

Now Becky Gerritson is back in Wetumpka and looking to continue her work with the tea party. She says she's seen an outpouring of support since appearing on national tv.

"So many of them have said that's exactly how I feel. I'm scared I'm concerned. Thank you for standing up. And I'm just so happy that it resonated because I really feel what I said is what the heart of america feels right now."

With all this attention, is Gerritson considering a run for state office?

"Oh goodness no. I really love being a grass roots activist. I love education. I love helping people understand the issues as I learn about the issues. So our next meeting on June 17 will be talking about immigration reform and we're flying someone in from DC to talk about that."

Gerritson says she won't let her voice be silenced and plans to continue working with the local tea party.

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