Washington County Republicans announced this weekend that Republican Presidential hopeful Herman Cain will be the keynote speaker at their Lincoln Day Dinner next month. The event will be October 27 at 6:00 pm at the Holiday Inn in Springdale.
Cain is the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza. He came in fifth in the Iowa Straw Poll last month. The latest Republican Primary poll from Rasmussen shows Cain in sixth place with support from four percent of those polled.
This is Cain’s second visit to the Natural State this year. In February, Cain spoke at the "Defending the Dream" event sponsored by Americans for Prosperity. With Arkansas’ primary occurring late in the Presidential primary season in May, Arkansas has a difficult time attracting candidates. The only other candidate to visit Arkansas that I know of this year was Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty who dropped out of the race shortly after his third place finish in the Iowa Straw Poll.
I am also hearing that the speaker for the Republican Party of Arkansas’ annual Governor’s Dinner will be announced soon. If the name I heard is correct, it will certainly raise some interest.