The group that runs CPAC, conservatism’s biggest annual event, says they picked Florida over Georgia for this year’s event after the Peach State “stumbled” for the 2020 elections.
Run by the American Conservative Union, the Conservative Political Action Conference has been held each year since since 1974 and has served as a main event for conservatism ever since. Other events and groups have come and gone, but CPAC has remained the biggest conservative event of them all.
The event, though, has always been held in and around Washington D.C. But not this year. This year the event was headed to Georgia… until the 2020 election mess. Instead of Atlanta, CPAC 2021 will be held in Orlando, Florida. And it’s because Georgia farked up the 2020 elections, according to ACU chief Matt Schlapp.
“Georgia then really stumbled on the elections,” Schlapp told Just The News on Thursday.
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Schlapp also took a shot at Georgia’s GOP Gov. Brian Kemp, who “really stumbled on making sure we couldn’t get illegal votes out of the count. So that narrowed down the choices. I think we’ve made the right choice in Florida. But we’ll find out next week.”
Per Just the News:
Former President Trump, whom Schlapp said he has invited to the Orlando event, lost Georgia to Democrat Joe Biden by a margin of 49.5% to 49.2%. The event is considered a must stop for any potential GOP presidential candidate trying to garner support from the party’s conservative base.
Schlapp said that CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference, has been held for 50 consecutive years and that he wanted to keep the streak alive after Maryland GOP Gov. Larry Hogan “cancelled us,” with COVID health-safety rules that made hosting the event in that state impossible this year.
He said that the ACU also looked at Tennessee, but Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has done such a great job that they felt that Florida deserved their business more than any other state.
“De Santis, who’s quickly becoming America’s governor, welcomed us with open arms,” Schlapp added. “I think you will see a cavalcade of the senators, congressmen, governors, media personalities, writers, journalists, you name it, that you normally see at CPAC. And I think it’s an important moment for the conservative movement to come together. You know, we’ve been through some pretty traumatic moments.”
CPAC will be held in Orlando from Thursday, Feb. 25 to the 28th. This reporter will be in attendance this year for the first time in a bout 5 years.
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