The Tea Party As unrest grew around the nation, citizens in Quincy became upset as well because of the federal government’s bailout (TARP) and the subsequent actions of their elected officials. It was truly “taxation without representation,” as elected officials refused to even attempt to read the enormous tax bill they had signed into law. These Quincyians banded together to better express themselves, adopting the name “Tea Party.” The group organized rallies and reached out to their elected officials. Their leader, Steve McQueen, caused a commotion with the Quincy City Council when he simply attempted to address the Council. He’d hoped to communicate the Quincy Tea Party’s concerns over the Council’s recently passed budget and increase in water and sewer fees. Eventually, the Council acquiesced, McQueen spoke, and Council meetings are now open to public speech. Not long after this, newly-elected President Barack Hussein Obama visited Quincy. The Quincy Tea Party rallied near the speaking venue and along his route to and from town, showing their displeasure with his policies with signs along the way. Since that time, the Quincy Tea Party has diligently worked for conservative issues and frequently contacts their elected officials to voice their opinions. The group holds regular monthly meetings.