When you feel like you’ve been spurned by the largest annual gathering of conservatives, host your own. That’s what Townhall and Breitbart News‘ Lisa De Pasquale, along with a few other former organizers of the Conservative Political Action Conference, did for the second year in a row Monday night.
De Pasquale, a board member of the gay conservative group GOProud and director of CPAC from 2006-2011, doesn’t attend the conference anymore; not after other sponsors complained about GOProud’s official involvement in 2010 and 2011. She was dismissed by CPAC organizers. Instead, she convenes a happy hour in Washington for friends coming to town for CPAC. This year, she called it “Don’t Say C—!” It was hosted at PJ Clarke’s Sidecar bar.
Former assistants to De Pasquale help host the event and she says they also will not be going to CPAC. In attendance at the happy hour was GOProud’s Executive Director Jimmy LaSalvia, who told FishbowlDC that he also won’t be attending CPAC.
De Pasquale said she holds a lot of “grudges” with current CPAC organizers but… her happy hour is “just a reason to get together with people who are in town,” and not meant to compete with CPAC.
Notables: Breitbart News‘s Mike Flynn, Kerry Picket and Matt Boyle; Christine Hall from the Competitive Enterprise Institute; Slate‘s Dave Wegiel; The Weekly Standard‘s Michael Warren and Daniel Halper; Townhall‘s Kevin Glass; Sean Hackbarth of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; and Cam Edwards from NRA News and Sportsman Channel.