The reigning champion of the CPAC straw poll has decided not to attend this year. Rep. Ron Paul, who won the poll in 2010 and 2011, turned down a speaking slot at this year’s event to campaign in Maine, the Examiner reports.
Paul is the only remaining Republican candidate to decline the invitation, the rest will be there to kiss the ring of conservatism. But Paul has a better surrogate than most, his son Sen. Rand Paul, who will speak at the event.
The impact the lack of “The Ron” will have on his devotees, affectionately called “Paultards” by CPAC attendees, remains to be seen. But local stores are predicting a major impact on their bottom line, cutting their expected increase in aluminum foil and hat pattern sales by 75 percent.