- Help wanted: Homeland Security plagued by vacancies at the top
- We are not amused: Queen’s protection officers warned to keep ‘sticky fingers’ off the royal cashews
- Unleash the crossbows: Gov. Scott Walker creates new hunting season
- Bubonic plague kills 20 in Madagascar
- G-20 diplomats fell for hacker attack promising nude photos of former French first lady Carla Bruni
- Minnesota guardsman charged with stealing private soldier data for fake IDs
- Florida appeals court rules universities can’t regulate guns
- Vladimir Putin defends Russian conservative values
- Tea Party Patriots call key GOP firing a declaration of war
- 68,000 more file for unemployment — in one week
CPAC: Chris Christie snubbed for criticizing GOP on Sandy relief
Question of the Day
The list of speakers at next month’s CPAC, the nation’s largest gathering of conservatives, will not include New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — a snub the potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate earned, organizers said, because of his harsh criticism earlier this year of fellow Republicans over Superstorm Sandy spending.
Al Cardenas, chairman of the American Conservative Union and host of the Conservative Political Action Conference, said Mr. Christie wasn’t invited because he undercut Republican efforts to slice billions of dollars of pork from the relief package.
“We felt that the governor’s tone and attitude regarding this relief bill, which was really a pork bill, did not justify an invitation to the conservative conference and we took a pass this year,” Mr. Cardenas said.
The annual CPAC meeting is being held March 14-16 at a conference center in the shadow of the Washington Beltway in Prince George’s County.
The three-day affair serves as a showcase for some of the nation’s top conservatives and Republican leaders, giving them the chance to speak directly to thousands of the movement’s most diehard activists.
Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas, as well as Rep. Paul Ryan, the party’s 2012 vice presidential nominee, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are slated to speak.
Despite the snub, Steve Schmidt, a GOP strategist and former campaign manager for Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential bid, suggested Tuesday that Mr. Christie, who is up for re-election this year, has little to worry about.
Mr. Cardenas‘ criticism of Mr. Christie coincided with the news that he will be the eighth GOP governor to expand Medicaid rolls in his state by accepting additional federal dollars on President Obama’s health care law, which conservatives loathe.
In doing so, he joins the likes of Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a fierce critic of Mr. Obama’s reforms, who shocked many observers last week when he decided to adopt the expansion. “The most conservative organizations have asked our governors not to sign onto the Medicaid expansion because of the fiscal constraints the country is going through,” Mr. Cardenas said.
Fueled by his blunt political style and high-profile scraps with public-sector unions over pension and health care benefits, Mr. Christie made an immediate splash on the national political stage and won kudos from scores of conservative across the country when he took office in New Jersey in 2010.
Mr. Christie in June headlined CPAC Chicago, where Mr. Cardenas introduced him as “probably the finest straight-talker in America” and called him a “great defender of liberty,” “great defender of freedom” and “a fiscal conservative.”
“He is a Republican, but I don’t think he would accurately be described as a conservative,” said Morton C. Blackwell, an American Conservative Union board member. “And a lot of people have in their minds the image of him hugging Barack Obama in the late stages of the presidential campaign.”
© Copyright 2013 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
- IRS nominee gets GOP support
- All-out war breaks out in GOP over budget pact
- Club for Growth: Budget deal could hurt GOP incumbents on Election Day
- Obama's IRS nominee John Koskinen vows to restore public trust in agency
- Senate confirms Obama judge following filibuster rule change
Latest Blog Entries
- Tea Party Patriots: Congress will break promise of future deficit reduction
- Speaker John Boehner escalates clash with conservative critics of budget deal
- Sen. Lamar Alexander's chief of staff involved in child pornography probe
- Rand Paul: Budget deal 'shameful,' 'huge mistake'
- Sen. Bill Nelson downplays handshake between Obama, Castro
By Matt Kibbe
The short-term deal will assure long-term overspending
- Obama's Afghanistan experts stumped on U.S. death toll, war costs during hearing
- NAPOLITANO: A conspiracy so vast
- Comma on!: Twitter erupts over Obama-Castro 'marriage'
- All-out war breaks out in GOP over budget pact
- GOP Rep. Tim Murphy rolls out mental health legislation
- Biden guarantees victory on immigration reform
- Obama takes 'selfie' at Mandela's funeral service
- Selfie at heart of Obama fiasco to stay secret
- White House faces press revolt over access to Obama's South Africa flight
- MALCOLM/REIMER: Over-criminalization undermines respect for legal system
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Lists of top ten movies, songs, funny moments, fashion statements, automobiles, children's names, stupid celebrity moments, first dates, last dates, weddings, and much, much more.
Communities writers read and review current and past books of note. Also, news and views focusing on print and online media.
An objective, analysis-based perspective of D.C. sports as seen through the eyes of lifelong D.C. sports enthusiast, John Heibel.
Extraordinary day at Redskins Park
White House pets gone wild!
Let it snow