A San Antonio event that was slated to feature Gov. Rick Perry and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin later this month has been canceled.
The National Conservative Symposium was also supposed to feature conservative commentators Sean Hannity, Michelle Malkin and Laura Ingraham.
But a group called Tea Party Support, which is coordinating the event, has posted this message on its Web site: “Due to circumstances beyond the control of Tea Party Support, we are forced to cancel the National Conservative Symposium. More information will follow soon. Please check back. We have started processing refunds.”
The event was scheduled for Jan. 22-24.
Perry spokesman Mark Miner could not immediately be reached for comment. Perry’s campaign has long counted on an appearance with Palin in the weeks leading up to his March 2 primary challenge from U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, so expect his team to find another opportunity to showcase Palin’s endorsement.
According to a December story from the San Antonio Express-News, “The National Conservative Symposium promises to be a coming-out party for Tea Party Support. It’s a splinter group formed by former members of the San Antonio Tea Party, the organization that hosted a large Alamo Plaza protest rally — headlined by Fox News talk host Glenn Beck and rock guitarist Ted Nugent — in April. Matt Perdue, San Antonio Tea Party’s former president, left the group two months ago, arguing that it suffered from a lack of financial transparency. Julia Hayden, media representative for the San Antonio Tea Party, explained the split by saying Perdue did not share her organization’s mission.”
The Express-News reported that Perry was going to introduce Palin on Jan. 24.
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