Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, will speak at the state's first tea party convention next month, a clear sign that the grassroots tea party is gaining in strength and influence.
It is estimated that between 5 to 10 thousand people will attend the event on Oct. 8-9 in Richmond, just three weeks before the midterm elections.
The key note speaker will be Lou Dobbs. In addition to Dobbs and McDonnell, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and former governor George Allen will also speak.