Over the course of the day, an estimated 400 to 800 people attended Saturday's TEA party tax-day event at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.
Pleasanton police Officer Penelope Tamm estimated a turnout of about 400, while event staff at the Fairgrounds pegged the number at about 800.
At the Fairgrounds, the list of those scheduled to speak read like a Who's Who of East Bay Conservatives, including Kevin McGary, president of the Frederick Douglass Foundation, who said, "The TEA party has been demonized" by the media.
A similar event was held in San Francisco's Justin Herman Plaza in which 10 Northern California TEA party groups held a combined event, with published reports ranging in estimates from 200 to 600 in attendance.
Topping the list of those scheduled to speak Saturday was Dan Hughes, who is challenging Democrat Dianne Feinstein for her Senate seat (she's also being challenged by Elizabeth Emken of Danville, who was not at the TEA party event); Chris Pareja, who is running against Fremont Democrat Pete Stark for the 15th Congressional District (Stark is also being challenged by Eric Swalwell, a Dublin city councilman, who did not attend the event); and John McDonald, who is challenging Democrat Jerry McNerney of Pleasanton for the 9th Congressional District (McNerney is also being challenged by Ricky Gill, who also was not there).
Also slated to speak was Democrat John Fitzgerald, who is running against fellow Democrat George Miller for the 11th Congressional District.
Al Phillips, a Livermore resident who is running against Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) for the 16th State Assembly District, was also on the roster, as was Mark Meuser, who is going up against State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) for his 7th District seat.
Political affiliations may mean less in the upcoming elections than ever before in California; recent changes in election law put the top two vote-getters in the primary on the ballot.