Check out video of Beren speaking at the original 2009 Tea Party tax day protest in West Lake Park.
Beren, formerly a socialist, ran against US Rep. Jim McDermott as a re-born conservative in 2008.
Beren's website says:
Steve Beren is a pro-liberty conservative speaker, writer, and Tea Party activist. He has been involved in the Tea Party movement since its inception, and is a frequent speaker at Tea Party rallies. Beren participated in the national Tea Party protests in Washington, D.C. on September 12, 2009 and April 15, 2010. He is a poltical and internet marketing consultant for One Spark Marketing.
From 1968 to 1990, Steve Beren was a radical antiwar protester, an opponent of the United States, and a revolutionary socialist activist, but since then he has become a Christian, a patriot, a defender of the right to life, and a conservative Republican. He is a strong advocate of the Tea Party movement's effort to repeal Obamacare and sharply reduce government spending. Beren is an outspoken supporter of the need for a victory strategy in the war imposed upon us by the pro-terrorist, anti-liberty, caliphate-seeking Islamic fascist political movement.
As a former leftist, Beren has a special insight into the motivations of the current leftists, and the fallacies of their arguments. He was the 2006 and 2008 Republican candidate for U.S. Congress (7th CD, Washington State) against far left Democrat Jim McDermott. In 2010, he was the campaign manager for the U.S. Senate campaign of Dr. Art Coday.
Beren, now 59 years old, was a member of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) until 1990, and was directly involved in the Vietnam antiwar movement as a member of the SWP in the 1960s and 1970s. Steve Beren once opposed the very concept of patriotism, but he is now himself a patriot -- one with a unique perspective on the activities of today's progressives, socialists, and leftist extremists.
Yesterday, we reported that Tea Party funder Robert Gilliam is a maxed out contributor to McKenna.