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Rick Santorum Bails On New York GOP’s (Pricey) Dinner

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There’s bad news if you forked over $1,000 to New York’s Republican Party to attend its annual dinner: former presidential candidate Rick Santorum won’t be there.

GOP spokeswoman Becky Miller tells the Voice Santorum is out. Santorum, she says, didn’t give a specific reason, but we can only assume the former presidential candidate’s bailing on the pricey dinner has to do with his throwing in the towel in the presidential primary earlier this week.

Santorum and former U.S. House Speaker/now-faux presidential candidate Newt Gingrich were both scheduled to attend the dinner in what state GOP Chairman Ed Cox has pimped as one of the final
campaign stops for presidential candidates before the New York primary
on April 24. He’s made attempts to hype New York’s GOP as actually
“playing a decisive role in this year’s Republican presidential
nominating process.”

 
Even if Santorum was still in the race, New York
probably would have had zero impact on the outcome of the primary (more on that here).

Gingrich, as far as we know, will still be attending the dinner — even
though he’s all but bailed out of the presidential primary himself (he’s
already referring to his campaign in the past tense and has said he
expects Mitt Romney to be the GOP nominee. Yet, he refuses to back out
of the race).

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal will give the keynote speech at the
dinner, which will be held on April 19, at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers
in Manhattan. As we mentioned, it will cost you a thousand bucks to get
in the door, and $5,000 to snap a photo with any of the GOP bigwigs.

Additionally, we owe our readers (and Miller’s boss) an explanation.

Yesterday, when we first wrote about whether Santorum would still attend
the dinner now that his presidential campaign is kaput,
we penned the
following:

The New York state Republican Party is holding its annual dinner next week, at which now-former presidential
candidate Rick Santorum currently is scheduled to be a guest of honor.
However, now that he’s bailed on his campaign, it’s unclear whether
Santorum will actually show up — and that’s because the New York GOP
won’t tell us.

We’ve called, emailed, and even sent smoke signals
(alright, maybe not smoke signals) to the state’s GOP asking whether
Santorum would attend the dinner. Its response: crickets.

That’s all true (with the exception of the smoke signals) — we called
twice and sent an email but got no response. However, Miller did
actually send us an email response yesterday morning — before we wrote
the article. Unfortunately, the email ended up in a “quarantine file” in
our email system and we didn’t see it until this morning — nearly 24
hours after the article was published. We’ve since connected with Miller
and she assures us she was not trying to hide the fact that Santorum is
longer attending the dinner. 

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