GOP Senate candidate criticized by some on right to speak at CPAC
March 12th, 2013
03:03 PM ET
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GOP Senate candidate criticized by some on right to speak at CPAC

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.


Filed under: CPAC • Shelley Moore Capito • West Virginia
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  1. Rudy NYC

    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."
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    "We need to stop being the stupid party."

    March 12, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  2. Pander Bear

    Yes, yes by all means Senate Conservatives Fund and the Club for Growth, hold out for a more conservative Tea Party favorable candidate who believes a woman's body secretes magical spermicide in the event of rape. Worked really well in the last election cycle.

    March 12, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  3. lottie

    the repos can't stop destroying their own people. They are a bunch of morons

    March 12, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  4. ThinkAgain: We don't have a spending problem; we have a Republican problem

    @lottie: "the repos can't stop destroying their own people. "

    They (GOP) have a very narrow definition of people, i.e., old, white and stupid.

    March 12, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  5. John the Historian

    The gaylord resort. Well why don't Republican Fascists support Gay rights. The party of the christian Right and the corporate elite needs to schism. Hopeing for the schism very soon. The Whig party would be a great name. The planet kolob and you idiot God Joseph Smith would be a good place to start.

    March 12, 2013 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  6. Tea Party Thomas

    The new Republican Party is for True Tea Party Conservatives not the RINO.

    March 12, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  7. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    This gop org . Makes Nazi s look good !!!!!! More gop conservative trash who's gop party is going to be swept out in 2014 mid terms ,thanks for the house gop morons,better get your resumed ready .

    March 12, 2013 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |