Even as the American Conservative Union (ACU) holds its Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) up in the Beltway this week, conservatives will be arriving in the Sunshine State for other events in the days to come.
The Club for Growth, a conservative group focused on fiscal and education issues, will be meeting at the Breakers in Palm Beach from Thursday through Saturday as it looks ahead to the 2016 presidential race.
Six potential presidential candidates, most of whom are scheduled to speak at CPAC as well, will be meeting with the Club for Growth including two Florida Republicans: former Gov. Jeb Bush and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio. The other potential Republican presidential candidates speaking to the Club for Growth are U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and three current governors: Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Mike Pence of Indiana and Scott Walker of Wisconsin.
Over in Central Florida, on Friday and Saturday, the state chapter of the Federalist Society, a right-of-center group focused on legal matters, will be meeting at Walt Disney World. Conservative pundit Fred Barnes, the executive editor of the Weekly Standard and a Fox News contributor, will be addressing the group. So will Florida Republicans U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, state CFO Jeff Atwater and state Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.
Other familiar faces in Florida political and legal circles will also be speaking at the event, including former Florida House Speaker Dean Cannon, state Rep. Eric Eisnaugle, R-Orlando, Tim Cerio who is the general counsel to Gov. Rick Scott, R-Fla., and Florida Supreme Court Justice Charles Canady.
Conservatives will also be out in force in Boca Raton on Saturday for an open house event held by Americans for Prosperity (AFP). Slade OBrien, a vice president of the national AFP, and Chris Hudson, the state director, will be at the event. Other attendees include Laura Hanley, the executive director of the Florida Charter School Alliance, Vinnie Foster who is the state director for Generation Opportunity and Car Granjales, the state director of the Libre Initiative. Radio host and Sunshine State News senior editor Ed Dean will also be at the AFP open house.
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