With Cain out, Palm Beach County GOP scrambles for new Lincoln Day keynoterby George Bennett | December 5th, 2011
Now county Republican Chairman Sid Dinerstein is scrambling to line up another big-name speaker for the dinner, which takes place three days before Florida’s presidential primary.
When the local GOP landed Cain as keynoter in October, a party e-mail blared “CAIN TRAIN STOPS IN PALM BEACH COUNTY FOR LINCOLN DAY.” But a county GOP e-mail last Thursday merely listed Cain as one of seven “invited keynote speakers” for the dinner.
“It had become clear to us before he officially dropped out that he had lost the viability that we need to have a successful Lincoln Day,” Dinerstein said. “We’ve been working on Plans B, C, D and E for more than a week.”
Plan B is to book another presidential candidate, said Dinerstein, who wouldn’t discuss plans further down the alphabet.
“We still want to take advantage of the fact that it’s three days before the primary,” Dinerstein said.
He said about 140 tickets have sold so far for the dinner at the Kravis Center. The GOP hopes to draw more than 700; it got about 600 for the February 2011 dinner with Newt Gingrich.