Michael Steele, chairman of the Republican National Committee, will be the keynote speaker at the Shelby County Republican Party Lincoln Day Gala in March. The gathering will be held March 6 at the Holiday Inn on the campus of the University of Memphis.
The local party also is planning to “upgrade and reinvent the Lincoln Day Gala and make this year one to remember.” For more information about the event, go here.
By chance, Steele’s visit to Memphis follows an unrelated private get-together here that was attended by his Democratic counterpart. Virginia Gov. and Democratic Party Chairman Tim Kaine was in Memphis last month for a fundraiser at which he rubbed shoulders with local party bigwigs, Memphis Mayor AC Wharton Jr. and 9th Dist. Congressman Steve Cohen.
(Update: Karl Rove, the former senior advisor to George W. Bush who was so close to him he was referred to in some circles as “Bush’s Brain,” is coming to Rhodes in January. Rove will speak to the university’s student body January 20 on American politics. For more information, go here.)