Joan Fabiano, founder of Grassroots in Michigan, has been selected by the Tea Party Express to speak at stops in Michigan in coming weeks.

The national tour will have six stops in Michigan over a three day period: April 9 in Escanaba and Sault Sainte Marie; April 10 in Traverse City, Grand Rapids and Lansing; and then to Clinton Township on April 11.

Fabiano, who lives in Holt, said besides being a speaker, she will be on the Tea Party Express bus doing a daily blog as well as other social networking activities.

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The recent passage of the federal health care reform bill will spark more of a crowd than the past stop by the Tea Party Express, Fabiano said.

In September, the Tea Party Express rally drew 1,300 people in Battle Creek and 3,000 in Brighton.

"I think the turnout will be fantastic because of recent events," Fabiano said. "Particularly in Michigan where there is so much anger and disappointment with Bart Stupak."

Stupak is a Democrat Congressman from Menominee who played a key role in the health care reform bill getting passed.