As national attention focused on Florida last week, AFP-Florida prepared for three days of jam packed events in Orlando. Hundreds of you joined us for the Presidency 5 Presidential Debate and straw poll, the speeches and educational sessions of CPAC, and one of the highlights of the weekend an amazing Suite Tea Breakfast with Andrew Breitbart.
Patriots were out in Orlando in full force! We were on-sight distributing t-shirts and educational materials, as well as our ever-so-popular Its the Spending, Stupid! buttons. We handed out 3,500 of them and they were a prominent fixture on lapels and sweaters throughout the weekend. If you have a picture of you and your friends wearing one of our buttons or shirts please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can see the pictures we already have posted of the P5 booth and attendees here.
Friday morning started off with an amazing treat as AFP-Foundation partnered with the Tea Party Hospitality Suite to put on a breakfast with Andrew Breitbart. Breitbart was joined by ACORN Whistleblower Anita MonCrief and Activist-turned-Patriot Brandon Darby.
[img_assist|nid=25000|title=Suite Tea Breakfast|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=300|height=200]The stories of these speakers about their experiences inside the leftist machine are truly eye-opening. And the stand they have each taken, publicly calling out corruption and lies, is inspiring. This sold out event was incredible and for anyone that wasnt able to attend, we will be posting video of the full speech in the coming weeks. In the meantime, you can see pictures from the event here.
AFPF-FL was had the opportunity to present four RightOnline training sessions at CPAC on Friday. Sessions included Blogging 101, Pushing the Narrative, Investigative Reporting, and Using Humor Effectively. Thank you to Jordan Raynor of Engage, Erik Telford and Kelly Carson of The Franklin Center, Guy Benson of Townhall.com, Stephen Kruiser of PJTV, Alice Linahan of Voices Empower and Anita MonCrief of the Boots of Liberty Taskforce (BOLT).
[img_assist|nid=25001|title=RightOnline|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=300|height=225]The training sessions were a huge success and we we have received multiple requests for the sessions to be posted by activists that couldnt make it to them. These sessions will be posted in the coming weeks on our website and Facebook page. Access the RightOnline photo gallery here.
For all of you lucky enough to attend Presidency 5 and CPAC last week, you know what an amazing three days we had. The force of the Tea Party was made clear with a triumphant straw poll win by Tea-Party favorite Herman Cain. The message sent to the political mainstream was clear the power of the grassroots is loud and Florida has a significant role to play in the 2012 elections. This is why it is so important that the grassroots movement in Florida continues to build and spread the message of less government, less taxes and protecting individual liberties!