The San Francisco County GOP considered canceling an upcoming dinner when its first three options for keynote speaker were all unavailable — California gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder, the Hoover Institution's Victor Davis Hanson and the Washington Examiner's Byron York.
Then, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's (R-GA) team reached out to the group — and despite some "internal dissension," the county GOP decided to go forward with the Georgia Republican congresswoman as keynote speaker, according to a report from SFGate.
But there was also another catch: Greene refuses to disclose her COVID-19 vaccination status, and the city of San Francisco has a proof-of-vaccination requirement for large indoor events. Which means the Nov. 6 dinner, with tickets starting at $175, will be held "somewhere in northern San Mateo County, with the specific venue being announced 48 hours in advance of the event."
Back in July, Greene and Florida Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz staged a protest after three California venues canceled plans to host one of their "America First" rallies — based on concerns about safety and the lawmakers' divisiveness.
SF GOP chairman John Dennis said of the decision to host Greene: "Some members disagreed, and they made thoughts known. If she didn't apologize for some of her past comments, we wouldn't be having her. When someone is genuine in their regret, that's a point to move forward."
"Dennis said that the group was eager to host an event with a prominent figure before the holidays, and that not hosting an event altogether was briefly considered" SFGate reports. "Ultimately though, Dennis said that party members decided to 'take a chance' on Greene, while acknowledging that she's a 'controversial figure.'"