GOP leaders close Orlando dinner, meeting to press
Little more than a month before critical elections for governor and the U.S. Senate, Florida Republican leaders will gather this weekend at Walt Disney World for a major fundraising event.
But the Republican Party of Florida’s “Victory Dinner” will be a private affair. The dinner Saturday night at the Grand Floridian Resort and the party’s quarterly meeting, which starts Friday at the nearby Contemporary Resort, are closed to the press, said Yohana de la Torre, a spokeswoman for the party.
The closure follows a recent trend. Last year’s “Statesman’s Dinner,” which was held at the Grand Floridian and featured a speech by Vice President Mike Pence, was also closed to the media.
Prior party events have been open.
Pence was the featured guest at the GOP’s “Victory Dinner” in October 2016 in Tampa, less than a month before the presidential election. In November 2015, former Vice President Dick Cheney was the featured speaker at the party’s “Statesman’s Dinner” in Orlando. The event was covered by a limited number of print and television reporters, who provided a “pool report” on the speech. In September 2014, prior to a gubernatorial election, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal was the