Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a likely 2016 GOP presidential candidate, will speak at the Western Conservative Summit in June in Denver, Colorado, Breitbart News has learned exclusively.
“Governor Walker looks forward to addressing the Western Conservative Summit and sharing the big, bold, conservative reforms he has championed in Wisconsin to achieve a more efficient and accountable government,” AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for Walker’s Our American Revival PAC, tells Breitbart News. “The governor will address his current effort through Our American Revival to develop a positive issue-based agenda that builds on these reforms as a model for the rest of the country.”
“The invisible GOP primary has Walker in front right now, so we’re delighted he can join the other 2016 contenders who will be addressing our 4000 delegates from 30 states,” John Andrews, the chairman of the Summit, added.
The event, which will take place from June 26 through June 28 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, already has more than 20 major speakers, 30 workshops and 100 exhibitors confirmed and up to 5,000 delegates are expected to attend. It has been sponsored annually since 2010 by Centennial Institute and Colorado Christian University and has shaped up as a major summer conference for conservatives, Tea Partiers and freedom advocates.
Already-confirmed potential 2016 GOP presidential candidates include Dr. Ben Carson, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.
Other major conservatives confirmed to speak at this time include David Horowitz, Hugh Hewitt, Katie Pavlich, Guy Benson, Mary Katharine Ham and Nick Adams.
Colorado just saw a major Republican victory, as newly elected Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) won an upset victory over sitting Democrat Mark Udall in the 2014 midterm elections. That victory is sure to be a backdrop at the summit, as Colorado will be hotly contested in the general election for the presidency in 2016. The state’s other U.S. Senator, Michael Bennet, is up for re-election in 2016 as well.
Walker has been on a presidential tear since his fiery speech to the Iowa Freedom Summit in January in Des Moines, consistently polling at or near the top of the pack due to his strong stand against big labor and the beginnings of a pro-American immigration viewpoint that’s drastically contrasted by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s public support for open borders style immigration policies and amnesty for illegal aliens.
Walker has picked up several key staffers, like spokeswomen Strong who worked for years for Senate GOP conference chairman Sen. John Thune and Kirsten Kukowski who worked for the Republican National Committee (RNC). He’s also picked up Rick Wiley, a top former RNC staffer, to lead his eventual campaign efforts and longtime conservative activist Gregg Keller to advise him on policy.
Along with Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rand Paul (R-KY), Walker has quickly emerged as one of the top-tier alternatives to Bush—who most in the Republican base can’t bring themselves to support.
He just signed Right-To-Work legislation into law in Wisconsin, as well, and came out swinging in support of the GOP letter Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) led warning the government of Iran that any deal with Obama without congressional approval is non-binding and would likely be overturned by America’s next president.
The event in June will be just weeks away from the all-important Ames Straw Poll in Iowa, the first indicator in the early presidential state how candidates will fare in the all important caucuses in early 2016.