Florida Congressman Allen West to headline Republican Party dinner

The Republican Party of Minnesota announced today that Florida Congressman Allen West will headline the party’s annual Lincoln Reagan dinner in March.

Republican Party Chair Pat Shortridge praised West as a “great American” who works to control government spending.

“His commitment to our conservative principles and dedication to getting to work in Washington, not to mention his distinguished military service, have earned him the admiration and respect of Republicans throughout our country. We are pleased to announce that Congressman West will join us in March to speak at our annual Lincoln Reagan Dinner, and we are anxious to hear from him,”

West has been a controversial figure who is beloved by Tea Party members but is criticized by Democrats. He said last year that Rep. Keith Ellison, DFL-MN, represents the “antithesis of the principles upon which this country was established.” He also called Islam a “totalitarian political ideology.” Ellison, who is a Muslim, issued a statement after the criticism calling for a more “respectful and productive dialogue.”

The annual Lincoln Reagan Dinner is a key fundraising event for the Republican Party. It typically features high profile Republicans.

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