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By Matt Lewis
In a move likely to send signals of unity across the conservative movement, The American Conservative Union (ACU) is set to announce that Andrew Breitbart will be a featured speaker at CPAC 2012 – the 39th annual Conservative Political Action Conference.
“I have decided to accept CPAC’s gracious offer to speak on the theme of unity and the GOP Big Tent,” Breitbart said in a statement. “We need to unite in 2012. White, black, gay and straight. Tea Party, Social Conservatives, establishment types, Libertarians and Neo-Cons, alike,” he said.
This is latest example of full court press by new ACU Chairman Al Cardenas to have a unified CPAC — and nix the drama.
Breitbart’s participation comes as a surprise. As recently as this summer, the conservative new media mogul announced he would be skipping CPAC in response to the ACU’s announcement that the gay conservative group GOProud wouldn’t be permitted to co-sponsor this year’s CPAC.
“Andrew Breitbart is one of the most influential conservative media voices in America today, and we are honored to welcome him back to CPAC,” said Cardenas. “From founding and publishing some of the leading conservative news and opinion sites to his news-breaking coverage of liberal scandals, Andrew is one of the brightest and most exciting stars in the conservative movement today.”
Heading into this vital presidential election year, Breitbart’s participation also seems to signal the disparate wings of the conservative movement are at least willing to temporarily put their past differences aside. “I look forward to speaking at CPAC as a symbol that even our most seasoned warriors must seek peace with those we have vigorously challenged,” Breitbart said.