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New ACU chief Al Cardenas puts Ron Paul on notice

The American Conservative Union (ACU) is the entity that runs the biggest annual conservative event, the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Next year CPAC will be headed by a new face, Al Cardenas. Now former Chairman David Keene turns over the reigns to Cardenas after the 2011 CPAC event.

Cardenas has a compelling story, indeed. He was born in Havana, Cuba in 1948 and came to America in 1960 when his parents fled Castro's communist takeover. Cardenas has been heavily involved in the Florida State GOP and he worked for Ronald Reagan's campaigns in Florida starting in 1975.

I had an opportunity to interview Mr. Cardenas about his new role with the ACU and this naturally led to questions of the current controversies going on at CPAC. I focused on the Ron Paul fans that caused so much ruckus this year and Cardenas seemed to put the Paulites on notice that they may not be invited again.

At about 5 minutes into our interview I asked Cardenas about the disruptions that occurred specifically during the appearances of Vice President Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld. Cardenas replied that, "those who decide to consciously breach [civility] maybe shouldn't be part of CPAC and we'll keep that in mind for the future."

It sure seems as if Cardenas just put the Paulites on notice that they may not be invited next year.


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You have got to be kidding

Just go back and listen to how civil those Neocons were to Ron Paul at the 2010 CPAC when his name was announced as the straw poll winner. They are the ones that are not civil.

Cardenas sounds like a communist transplant mole

setting out to undermine what's happening to American conservatism. Just remember what happened to Joe McCarthy and that "Operation Paperclip" really did happen, that should tell you all you need to know.

Just one last kick in the nuts, then a final deathblow

You can't buy a Cuban cigar but there are Cuban communists


Just one last kick in the nuts, then a final deathblow

It cracks me up

when these bozos talk about the behaviour of the "Ron Paul"
people after all the disrespect and rude behaviour we had to put up with from them from the get go. Pulease... So we didn't crawl away like spanked puppies and at times had to speak a little louder not to be drowned out. They should think hard about what came first the chicken or the egg. In these days of technology it can easily be shown who struck the first blows.

So his secret mission is to bring Castro's catastrophe to US?

Will Jeb win the next CPAC?

Free includes debt-free!

I posted this before and . .

I still say that Ron and all of us, his fans/libertarians NEED to hold our own convention the week before CPAC and forget CPAC.

Jackson County Georgia

War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses.
Thomas Jefferson

When push comes to shove.....

We'll take matters into our own hands. Its not like weve never held our OWN rally before! Who do you call!! RON PAUL!!! Im sure most of us remember this one.

Who cares? According to

FAUX news and much of the msm, the CPAC event was meaningless this year anyway since Ron Paul won...So what is the big deal about getting invited or not? Cardenas having lived in a repressive communist country should know better than inviting repressive, communistic behavior in this endeavor...Go figure.

"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is argument of tyrants. It is the creed of slaves." William Pitt in the House of Commons November 18, 1783
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Someone Should Remind Him

that last year AND this year, Ron Paul was booed when he won the straw poll. Civility is a two-way street. If he doesn't invite Ron Paul or tries to prevent his supporters from coming then attendance will drop severely.

Just a little "power play".

The neocons stuck in a new "hatchet man" to do their bidding.
Not surprising, since they are took a big licking twice in a row there at CPAC.

Maybe if they didn't invite war criminals in for "awards", they wouldn't have a "booing problem". I wonder if they ever thought of that?

Let's put

the hand puppet Mr. Cardenas on notice. Next CPAC will be even worse for the NeoCons if they keep up their shenanagans...assuming there any NeoCons with the stones to show up. We will own CPAC in 2013 Mr. Cardenas...you have been put on notice!


So, it was okay for people to boo Ron Paul, but not Rummy and Dick?

"Truth is treason in the Empire of Lies."

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Not the sacred cows



next year, he'll be lucky if he's invited :)