Skip to comments.Cuccinelli to open CPAC conference
Posted on 03/12/2013 10:32:19 AM PDT by Maelstorm
RICHMOND Virginia gubernatorial hopeful Ken Cuccinelli II is scheduled to be the opening speaker at the annual CPAC conference next week, as the man he hopes to replace was not invited this year.
The conservative attorney general, who has grabbed headlines and drawn support for challenging the federal health care law, climate change and pushing for tougher laws for abortion clinics, is among nearly 40 people listed on the Conservative Political Action Conference Web site as featured speakers.
Cuccinelli is set to speak at 9 a.m. on the first day of the three-day conference that begins on March 14 in Washington.
Left off the list is outgoing Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, who spoke at CPAC last year. McDonnell spokesman Jeff Caldwell confirmed that the governor was not invited to be a speaker at the conference this year, but will be the keynote speaker at the Faith and Freedom Coalition Prayer Breakfast being held in coordination with CPAC on March 15.
Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at CPAC. The conference, an annual gathering of some high-profile conservatives in the country, is being held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor.
Other speakers include 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), House Budget Committee Chairman and 2012 GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, Govs. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, former governors Jeb Bush of Florida and Sarah Palin of Alaska, and National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre.
N.J. Gov. Chris Christie, who is up for reelection in November, is not part of this years list of invitees.
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Bolling announced today he is not running as an Independent. Political analysis is that he is not leaving Republican Party nor alienating them ..... thus leaving himself in a good position to run for Gov. after this next one (McAuliffe/Cuccinelli).
Yep that is great news!
I got the previous impression he didn’t much care if he handed the election to McAuliffe or not if he could have swamped Cuccinelli’s boat without shooting himself in the foot politically.
Bill Bolling will never hold statewide office again, he has burned too many bridges and proven to be all about himself. Good bye and good riddance!
At his heart I believe Bill is a nice guy and I think he was bitter that he just wasn’t given the next run for Governor. I’m glad he didn’t allow that bitterness and sense of entitlement to totally warp him into a tool for the Democrats. Regardless it was becoming clear that he wasn’t going to succeed in swamping Cuccinelli’s boat though it wasn’t going to help. There are those in VA GOP politics who are upset that Cuccinelli is running for Governor not because they are afraid he wont will but because they fear he will. Cuccinelli’s success could mark a turning point where a lot of the good old boy GOP who not too many years ago were Democrats will find themselves powerless.
Cuccinellis success could mark a turning point where a lot of the good old boy GOP who not too many years ago were Democrats will find themselves powerless.
As it should be. Let the purge begin.