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Reed Davis, chairman of the King County Republican Party, reluctantly announced that the 2001 Republican Picnic, originally scheduled for September 8, 2001, has been cancelled.
The event was to be held on Saturday, September 8th at the King County Fairgrounds in Enumclaw, WA from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
"In the past several weeks, we've had issues confirming our featured speaker, who had cancelled his participation after several months of negotiations," stated Reed Davis, chairman of the King County Republican Party. "We were very fortunate to have Sean Hannity offer to step up and serve as our featured speaker, but the window to get everything together in time simply isn't enough to put together a great event."
Conservative TV personality Sean Hannity of FOX News "Hannity and Colmes," and WABC's "The Sean Hannity Show," had been recently confirmed to serve as this year's featured guest. Last year's picnic with featured speaker Rush Limbaugh drew in over 42,000 attendees.
"At this time, the organizing committee and I both feel that instead of rushing to put together an 'okay' event, we should hold off until we can put together an event that we're really proud of," continued Davis. "With the Seattle Mayor's race, King County Council race, control of Washington's House of Representatives up for grabs and the 2002 elections just over a year away, it is still crucial that Republicans come together and begin working to win these races."
"With our 2001 nominating convention coming up, we will have an opportunity to begin that process very soon," concluded Davis. "I would like to extend a special thanks to Sean Hannity and this year's sponsors, including: Friends of Jennifer Dunn, Citizens for a Sound Economy and Holland America Cruise Line, for their support and participation in this year's event."
The King County Republican Party will hold a nominating convention on Saturday, September 15th, 2001 at the Performing Arts Center in Auburn, WA.