Orrin Hatch Meets The Tea Party

1||Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) showed up at the Tea Party Express town hall in downtown DC to take questions on the budget sharing the stage with Rep. Allen West and Sen. Mike Lee.||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

2||Sen. Orrin Hatch spoke out against big government, Obamacare and more taxes as Rep. Steve King (R – IA) and Tea Party Express Chairwoman Amy Kremer look on.||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

3||Sen. Orrin Hatch grinning ear to ear at an event Chairwoman Amy Kremer said he was not invited to, although Hatch told TPM otherwise.||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

4||Rep. Steve King (R-IA), Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Rep. Allen West (R-FL), Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rep. Michele Bachmann speak to conservative activists in what organizers called the “first Tea Party town hall”.||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

5||Allen West talks to an attendee, J R “States” Manship as George Washington in background.||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

6||Rep. Michelle Bachmann pushing the Tea Party agenda while Sen. Mike Lee looks on.||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

7||The crowd is attentive the first Tea Party Town Hall continues.||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

8||Rep. Allen West passionately speaks out.||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

9||Rep. Mike Lee looking disgusted by the Constitution…||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

10||…and backs off.||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

11|| Tom Whitmore, leader of the Washington D.C. Tea Party, pictured here with Tea Party Express Chairwoman Amy Kremer.||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

12||Tea Party Express Chairwoman Amy Kremer poignantly speaking out.||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

13||Rep. Steve King gets emotional while relaying the messages of the Tea Party.||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

14||Lisa Miller of Alexandria asks for answers from one of the Tea Party members.||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

15||Rep. Peter King and Sen. Orrin Hatch being friendly at the first Tea Party Town Hall, so what if he wasn’t invited? http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/02/invitegate-just-how-did-orrin-hatch-make-his-way-to-the-tea-party-tonight.php||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

16||Rep. Allen West seemingly enthusiastic while Rep Peter King and Sen Mike Lee pay close attention.||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

17||Sen. Mike Lee smiles as Rep Michelle Bachmann caters to the Tea Party crowd.||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

18||The audience clapping and all smiles as the first Tea Party Town Hall comes to an end||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&