This weekend, Gov. Rick Scott and GOP Senate candidate Adam Hasner will speak at RedState Gathering 2011, an event for conservative politicians and organizations who are looking toward the 2012 elections.
Erick Erickson, Red State editor, says conservatives from across the nation “will tell us how we are going to take back America and fight for freedom.” According to the agenda, more than 370 people from across the U.S. will attend the event, held in Charleston, S.C.
RedState calls itself “the most widely read right of center blog on Capitol Hill” and says it “is the most often cited right of the center blog in the media, and is widely considered one of the most influential voices of the grassroots on the right.”
This is the third version of RedState Gathering that features, and several conservative politicians: Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
This event is sponsored by Heritage Action for America, FreedomWorks, the Faith, and Freedom Coalition, Let Freedom Ring, and South Carolina Fair Tax, organizations that actively promote among other conservative policies a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, strong support for school choice and anti-abortion policies.
Heritage Action — founded by The Heritage Foundation — says it focuses on policy politics, not electoral politics, while the Faith and Freedom Coalition, led by Ralph Reed, the former executive director of the Christian Coalition, work to enact legislation to support traditional values and lower taxes.
South Carolina Fair Tax supports a plan to replace national income taxes and to eliminate the Internal Revenue Service and the 16th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which authorizes Congress to collect taxes.
FreedomWorks also calls for fewer taxes and government and recently endorsed Adam Hasner, who is running for the GOP nomination to challenge Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla.
Hasner, a former state representative, is described on the RedState Gathering web page as “Florida’s next conservative rising star.” He has spoken repeatedly during his campaign about the dangers of Sharia in the Sunshine State, saying there is a “civilizational jihad” underway. He will speak on Saturday, while Gov. Scott is scheduled to speak Friday evening along with Sen. DeMint.
The RedState Gathering 2011 will close with a presentation of Stephen K. Bannon’s The Undefeated, a movie that depicts Sarah Palin’s rise from “from obscurity to national prominence.”