The Orange County Republican Party under the leadership of Chairman Charles Hart and Vice Chair Robbie Ford called a special leadership board meeting to address an egregious attack on free speech. As a large county that has been practically ignored by the local press, delegated to a third-party status by voter registration and had been nearly written off by the community. The Orange County Republican Party has never quit doing the right thing when needed. Orange County Republicans are more engaged in their community, actively reintroducing their brand across the county, they had the most diverse Republican candidates ever to mount campaigns in 2020 and a new spirit to win in 2022 and beyond.
Indian River County planned an event that would highlight “America First” on 24 April 2021, 8:00 a.m. at Wilke’s 14 Bones, headlined by Congresswoman Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene the pressure of the Indian River Democrat Party and liberal media drove the restaurant to back out. According to the Vero Beach restaurant they backed out because of “threats and concerns with safety of our employees.” Quick, courageous action was taken by the Indian River County Executive Committee and Chairman Jay Kramer to move the event to Indian River County Fairgrounds, 7955 58th Ave. Doors opened at 8 a.m. and the event ran from 8:30-10 a.m. A continental breakfast was served. The local GOP suggested a $10 donation per person. The event was open to the public.
The trouble that caused the Orange County Republicans Party to action was when the primary sponsor, the Republican Women of Indian River threatened to withdraw their sponsorship leaving a vacuum intended to cancel the event all together. Hart was incensed that the cancel culture was alive and well in the Republican Party. When the Orange County Board was informed, they sprang into action. Having the proper FEC accounts and sharing the only Orange County Republican Congressman, Bill Posey who was headlining an Orange County event on the same date at Corona Cigar Company & Dimond Lounge in Orlando. Orange County Board Members unanimously voted to volunteer to become the primary sponsor of the event.
Chairman Hart said, “Without a doubt we’re proud to stand with the Indian River Republican Party for promoting free speech and couldn’t allow them to be canceled or silenced.” He went on to praise the entire board for this unanimous vote to defend Rep. Greene and the other speakers.
It's still questionable if the Republican Women of Indian River withdrew their sponsorship however the event was not in danger of being a victim of the cancel culture because of the efforts of the Orange County Republican Executive Committee and the 2020 elected leadership. The Orlando Republic was granted access to the board meeting for transparency and accurate reporting of this story.