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Weatherford gets ACU nod, CPAC speaking slot
Posted Feb 21, 2013 by William March
Updated Feb 21, 2013 at 04:32 PM
State House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, has been recognized by the American Conservative Union as one of nine young “rising elected leaders” nationwide who will have speaking slots at the Conservative Political Action Conference in March.
The ACU calls its CPAC event “America’s largest gathering of conservative leaders and activists,” and speaking slots there often serve as auditions for political advancement.
Weatherford was chosen along with eight other state legislators from around the nation who will appear at the same podium as top speakers including former Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio at the Washington event.
Mitt Romney will end his post-election withdrawal from the public spotlight with a speaking spot.
Other speakers will include some of the most controversial figures from conservative politics—Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, NRA President Wayne LaPierre, and former U.S. Rep. Allen West of Florida.