By Mark Pazniokas Friday, April 15, 2011
The challenge of converting the Tea Party in Connecticut from political theater to campaign muscle was embodied Friday in Kevin Childs of Bristol, one of the colorful throng at an anti-tax rally outside the State Capitol.
Childs stood between a pony-tailed man holding the Stars and Stripes and a woman in dark glasses waving the familiar yellow Gadsen flag, a snake slithering over the legend, "Don't Tread On Me." None of them ever has volunteered on a political campaign.
"You can vote in as many people as you want," Childs said, but nothing changes.