Conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza was slated to speak at the West Virginia Republican Party’s Victory Dinner next month, but his upcoming sentencing date and pressure from Democrats and a prominent Republican have prompted the party to cancel the entire event.
D’Souza pleaded guilty earlier this year to a campaign-finance violation and could face more than a year in prison. He is set to be sentenced September 23, four days after the dinner was originally planned. The West Virginia Democratic Party accused the state GOP of endorsing the actions of “an admitted felon who famously violated campaign finance laws” and called the plan an “insult” to the state’s voters.
Meanwhile, the Charleston Daily Mail reported that Republican congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, who is the front-runner to replace retiring Democratic senator Jay Rockefeller this November, would not attend and “not allow her name to be associated with the event in any way” as long as D’Souza was on the program.
The West Virginia GOP said it was unaware of D’Souza’s legal timeline when he was invited to speak at the dinner.
The event was scheduled for September 19, but is still expected to take place, on another date in September or in October.