The Republican Liberty Caucus has scheduled its biennial national convention for the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nashua Oct. 7 to 11, and so far has booked two potential presidential candidates as featured speakers.
Ed Lopez, RLC national vice chairman, said former Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich this week committed to speak, joining keynote speaker Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, whose appearance was first announced last October. Ehrlich has been in the state several times in recent months as he considers a presidential run.
The event is expected to attract hundreds of liberty movement conservatives and other Republicans to New Hampshire just as the first-in-the-nation primary campaign is reaching high gear.
Lopez told the New Hampshire Journal in the fall that the convention is held every two years and had been scheduled for Portland, Maine in 2015. But, he said, the group decided the event should be “part of the primary excitement in New Hampshire,” where, he said, there is a strong liberty movement.
Initially, the event was to be held in Manchester, but has now been finalized for Nashua.
Lopez said veteran New Hampshire GOP activist J.P. Marzullo, a former vice chair of the NHGOP, is chairing the program subcommittee of the convention committee and will play a key role in lining up speakers, panelists and other convention events.
Also confirmed to participate are Mattthew Gagnon, chief executive officer of the Maine Heritage Policy Center; Justin Velez-Hagan, founder and executive director of the National Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce, Inc.; Scott Page, a musician and entrepreneur who is recognized as the saxophonist and guitarist for Pink Floyd, Supertramp and Toto; Jason Sorens, a lecturer in the Department of Government at Dartmouth College and founder of the Free State Project; Suzanne Bates, policy director at the Yankee Institute for Public Policy in Connecticut; Bob Quasius, founder and president of Café Con Leche Republicans; and Ed Hudgins, director of Advocacy at the Atlas Society.
Also attending will be RLC leaders Matt Nye, RLC national chairman, Dave Nalle, immediate past president of the RLC and current Southwest regional director and RLCNH state chairman Aaron Day.
Other confirmed panelists and speakers include: Laura Ebke, Nebraska state Senator and RLC National Secretary; former New Hampshire congressional candidate and former state Rep. Jim Lawrence of Hudson; Warren Norrad, RLC-Texas member and intellectual property attorney; K. Carl Smith of the Frederick Douglas Republicans; Enrique Torres, Bridgeport, Conn., city councilman); Bill Westmiller, former RLC National Chairman, and Connecticut state Sen. Joe Markley.