Now Senator John McCaine shows interest to meet with the ones going to the rally in DC. We'll see how this turns out.
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Story date: 04/23/2008
Yankee Pride Transport
, April 27, 2008
Yankee Pride Transport in Damariscotta will be joining a truck convoy originating in Lincoln to be part of a convoy of several thousand trucks from over 25 states that will roll on Washington D.C., Tues., April 28.
"The Coalition to Lower Fuel Prices that was started in Lincoln last fall has mushroomed into a national revolt against the price gouging and speculation that is bringing our country to a standstill," said Yankee Pride owner Larry Sidelinger.
On Sun., April 27, Congressman Tom Allen will be at the Kennebunk service plaza on I-95 to greet and speak to the coalition at approximately 9 a.m.
"As the coalition rolls south, we will be joined by trucks from all over the Northeast, to a rally and staging point in Harrisburg, Pa., Sunday night," said Sidelinger. "On Monday the 28th the convoy will make its way to the Capitol where Republican presidential candidate John McCain has indicated he would like to address the rally.
Sidelinger said, "The goal of the protest is to end speculators in the oil commodities market and to end the huge tax breaks to big oil, and to alleviate the hardship that high energy cost is doing to the U.S. Economy.
"I know our plans sound ambitious, but when we started last fall nobody thought we would get this far. Every day I hear people say 'We gotta do something about gas and fuel prices,' so this is our something - educate and inform our elected leaders that they are going to be held accountable for how they vote in government, not only at the federal level, but especially at the state level, too," he said.
At this time the convoy truckers are scheduled to meet with Senators Snowe and Collins on Monday, along will other representation of federal officials from the transportation department, to discuss 6-axle trucks on the interstates. "It promises to be interesting, that's for sure," said Sidelinger.