Newly-elected U.S. Rep. David Jolly to speak at Pinellas GOP’s Lincoln Day Dinner

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The Republican Party of Pinellas County announced that newly-elected U.S. Rep. David Jolly would be one of the speakers at the annual Lincoln Day Dinner.

The Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee event will be Wednesday, March 26 at the Hilton St. Petersburg in Carillon Park. WFLA radio personality Jack Harris will be the master of ceremonies.

A reception begins at 5:30 p.m. with a Chairman’s reception followed with a “Social Hour/Silent Auction” at 6 p.m. The dinner, live auction and keynote speaker starts at 7 p.m.

The Lincoln Day Dinner is the annual celebration held in a number of state and county GOP organizations in February or March. After the death of Ronald Reagan, many local Republican groups used Lincoln Day events to honor the former president’s life and achievements, as well as an opportunity to improve its message.

In 2005, Republican Senator Lindsay Graham quipped that they “don’t do Lincoln Day Dinners in South Carolina” since it was Lincoln’s election that led to the state seceding from the union, leading to the Civil War.

“It takes a while to get over things,” he added.

Last year, Florida Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi headlined the Pinellas event, which often brings thousands of dollars to county party coffers.

Tickets are $150 or $125 with PCREC/GOP Club Membership. RSVPs are available at (727)539-6000 or The Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park is at 950 Lake Carillon Dr., in St Petersburg.

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