Washington (CNN) – She's come under criticism from a couple of conservative groups, but Rep. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia will be speaking at a major conservative conference later this week.
The American Conservative Union announced Tuesday that Capito, who's running next year for her state's open U.S. Senate seat, will speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference. The event, known as CPAC, is one of the oldest and largest yearly gatherings of conservative leaders and activists from across the country.
After announcing her Senate bid last year, two conservative groups, the Senate Conservatives Fund and the Club for Growth, both criticized Capito's House record, especially when it came to spending, and hoped that a more conservative candidate would enter the race. Capito remains the only major Republican to jump into the contest.
A Capito adviser, who asked to remain anonymous to speak more freely, told CNN that the congresswoman has "a message that she thinks will resonate very well at CPAC."
In January, the incumbent, Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller, announced that he wouldn't run next year for a sixth term in office. With Rockefeller not bidding for re-election, Republicans see the West Virginia seat as a strong pick up possibility as they try to win back control of the Senate.
The Democrats currently hold 55 seats in the Senate (including two independents who caucus with the party) to the GOP's 45 seats. But at this point, they'll be defending 21 of the 35 Senate seats up for election in 2014.
CPAC, which turns 40 this year, will be held for the first time at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center just outside Washington, in Prince George's County, Maryland. For years the gathering was held at the Marriott Wardman Park hotel in the nation's capital.