ACU chair: We will probably invite Christie this year to CPAC
posted at 3:10 pm on January 21, 2014 by Ed Morrissey
The big conservative conclave begins in about six weeks, and so far we don’t know too much about who is speaking and when. We are two weeks from the initial rollout of the agenda, and that will get updated as more headline speakers are added. However, ACU chair Al Cardenas tipped his hand a little in speaking to The Hill, telling them that last year’s snub of Chris Christie likely won’t be repeated:
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) will likely be invited to this year’s annual Conservative Political Action Conference after being snubbed last year.
American Conservative Union (ACU) Chairman Al Cardenas, whose group runs CPAC, said Christie is “being looked at differently this year” because of his likely presidential campaign.
Cardenas told The Hill that there haven’t been any final decisions made but said Christie’s 2016 potential makes it more likely that he’ll get an invite this year, even as a brewing scandal over a bridge closing last year and other accusations of political playback have swirled around the governor.
According to Cardenas, last year’s perceived snub occurred because CPAC had focused more on the “four or five governors who made the greatest contribution to the conservative movement. …
“Now he’s being considered as part of the presidential field, that’s a totally different set of circumstances,” Cardenas said of Christie. “Though we haven’t completed the process … the chances of his being invited are more probable this year than last year.”
That should make for some interesting debates in the hallways at CPAC this year.
By the way, the newly-expanded Salem Communications empire will be well represented. I’ll be there for certain, and Erika, Mary Katharine, and our Townhall brethren will be around, I’m sure. We will probably be joined by a few of our new Eagle Publishing colleagues, too.