The K Street-based APP, which helped organize
the CPAC boycott, said bringing on Daniels amounts to a "slap at conservatives."
"Governor Daniels' selection is an affront to the millions of conservatives who believe that social issues such as abortion and traditional marriage are non-negotiable," said Andy Blom
, the group's executive director.
, the founder of CPAC and head of the American Conservative Union, said the conference has not experienced any drop-off in expected attendance or any hesitation from White House hopefuls.
"None of the potential GOP presidential contenders have expressed any nervousness or second thoughts about attending this year's CPAC which we expect to draw as many or more attendees than the 10,000 who attended last year's conference," Keene said in an email.
One can imagine APP isn't finished yet, and that other White House contenders could be on the receiving end of similar assaults. But at this point, risking the wrath of social conservatives hasn't proven to be enough of a deterrent to keep any possible presidents off of CPAC's stage.
"The current bruhaha is nothing new. Every attending group wishes its issues received more attention and over the years many have objected to the presence of those with whom they disagree," Keene added. "We respect their right to disagree, but reject their right or our own to demand that all attendees agree on evey issue."