The Pinellas Republican Party Executive Committee‘s Lincoln Day Dinner — the organization’s most important fundraiser of the year — will be held on March 26 and features Michael Reagan as the keynote speaker and local radio personality Jack Harris as the master of ceremonies.
Putting aside Reagan being the keynote speaker, I’m not so sure March 26th is the ideal date for the event.
First of all, March 26th is a Wednesday. Yes, a Wednesday. The Lincoln Day Dinner historically has been held on a Saturday evening. This has been so for several reasons, whether it be giving planners a weekend day to make last minute arrangements to offering attendees the opportunity to stay over at the hotel where the event is held.
But a Wednesday allows for none of this. Instead it will force many attendees to race from work just to be on time for the dinner.
What’s worse is that Wednesday, March 26 is smack dab in the middle of the 2014 legislative session. This means its likely many elected officials will miss this year’s Lincoln Day Dinner because of their responsibilities until Tallahassee.
I don’t know what the thinking was behind the selection of March 26 as the date for this year’s Lincoln Day Dinner. Perhaps Pinellas GOP Chairman Michael Guju has a good reason or two for picking this date.