By Michael Sandoval for The Colorado Observer
DENVER—Denver may not be known as a Republican hot spot in the state of Colorado, but Denver County Republican Chairman Danny Stroud is determined to put the party back on the map, politically speaking.
For the second year in a row, Stroud—along with the county party leadership—has turned some heads with the selection of the group’s keynote speaker for the annual fundraising dinner.
Last year, businessman and future Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain wowed those in attendance at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science months before he caught fire with a portion of the grassroots conservatives within his party.
This year, the Denver County GOP will play host to Rep. Allen West of Florida, an outspoken conservative, Tea Party favorite and subject of recent rumors of reaching some political observers and Republican heavy-hitters’ short list as a potential VP candidate.
West made waves after his election to Congress for slamming fellow Florida Representative and Democratic National Committee Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz as “vile, unprofessional, and despicable.” West also gained national notoriety after characterizing liberal Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison, a Muslim, as “someone that really does represent the antithesis of the principles upon which this country was established.”
The Lincoln Day dinner will take place Monday, June 4.
“He’s made a name for himself as a spokesman for liberty in this country, and he has a great message,” Stroud said.
Stroud has been a proponent of removing the stigma of Denver as the metro area’s ‘forgotten county’ when it comes to Republican electoral objectives and get-out-the-vote turnout efforts. He simply points to the numbers of registered Republicans in the county that must turn out on Election Day in order for statewide Republican candidates to win.
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