Politics & Government

Fresno Republicans to reschedule annual dinner after Nunes-Twitter beef explodes

The Fresno County Republican Party canceled plans for its Lincoln Reagan dinner next month featuring Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Tulare, as its keynote speaker after social media calls for people to crash the event.

The local GOP is working to reschedule the event, organizers confirmed to The Bee on Friday. The dinner was also slated to honor former Rep. David Valadao and former state Sen. Andy Vidak, who each lost re-election bids in November.

The event was removed from the Republicans’ website and Facebook on Thursday.

It’s unclear if the social media frenzy led to the GOP’s decision. Chairman Fred Vanderhoof could not be reached for comment on Friday. Late Friday afternoon, the county GOP tweeted that the event will be rescheduled for “security reasons.”

Several tweets called for Fresno-area residents to flood the event and “moo” at Nunes – a reference to Nunes’ decision to sue Twitter, a Republican political operative and two parody accounts including “Devin Nunes’ cow” for $250 million earlier in the week.

The dinner was originally planned for April 11 at Pardini’s in northwest Fresno.

As news of the lawsuit spread, celebrities and influencers threw tremendous weight behind the cow account, causing its Twitter follower count to rise from about 2,000 to 620,000 as of Friday afternoon.

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A flier for the Fresno County Republican Party’s 2019 Lincoln Reagan Dinner, which features Rep. Devin Nunes as its keynote speaker. The event is being rescheduled.
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Rory Appleton is a fourth-generation Fresnan who covers politics for his hometown newspaper. A Fresno State graduate, he has won six first-place California News Publishers Association awards and a McClatchy President’s Award for his reporting and column writing over the last two years.