Cabell County GOP gathers for annual Lincoln Dinner
HUNTINGTON — Members of the Republican party from all over West Virginia congregated for the Cabell County Republicans’ annual Lincoln Dinner on Friday evening at Guyan Golf and Country Club in Huntington to celebrate local Republican party accomplishments and remember the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
T-Anne See, chairwoman of the Cabell County Republicans, said the event was centered around honoring first responders and those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, considering the anniversary is Tuesday. See said she hoped the attendees walked away from the event feeling a little more patriotic and appreciative of first responders and the military.
See said she also hoped the attendees “never forget the events of 9/11 and how privileged we are to live here, and how privileged we are in our community and in all of our first responders and our military.”
Local speakers included West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and West Virginia Republican Party Chairwoman Melody Potter.
Mohammed Odeh al-Rehaief, the Iraqi lawyer who helped bring prisoner of war Jessica Lynch back to the United States, was the keynote speaker for the event. Al-Rehaief fled from Iraq with his family after aiding in Lynch’s rescue.
Tom Kalil, former deputy director for policy for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and senior adviser for Science, Technology and Innovation for the National Economic Council in the Obama administration, also attended the dinner.
“We’re really fortunate to have the speakers of the caliber that we do here tonight,” See said. “I think it’s special to have Mohammed in West Virginia because he helped aid with one of our precious jewels of West Virginia.”
Justice took the time to endorse Morrisey and Carol Miller for their respective Senate and House of Representatives candidacies. Morrisey is running against incumbent U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. Miller is running against Richard Ojeda for the 3rd District House of Representatives seat currently occupied by Evan Jenkins. Both Morrisey and Miller have also received endorsements from President Donald Trump.
Jenkins, also in attendance, was recently appointed to fill Justice Robin Davis’ seat on the West Virginia Supreme Court, as was Tim Armstead, who was recently appointed to fill Justice Menis Ketchum’s seat. Both Jenkins and Armstead will be sworn in after the 20-day waiting period since their appointments on Aug. 25 is over, pending any objections.