(Las Vegas, Nevada) – In light of the recent death of conservative icon Andrew Breitbart, Citizen Outreach announced today the establishment of an “Andrew Breitbart Award,” which will be presented at the scheduled Awards Luncheon this year at the 5th annual Conservative Leadership Conference (CLC).
“Andrew keynoted our conference last year,” said Chuck Muth, president of Citizen Outreach and co-sponsor of the conference. “His 30-minute speech stretched to well over an hour – and not one person got up and walked out. We were very fortunate to have Andrew speak at last year’s conference and thought it appropriate to honor his legacy with the establishment of this award in his name.”
Breitbart died on March 1 while walking near his home in Los Angeles. He was publisher of the Breitbart.com blog, a columnist, an author and a regular guest commentator on various news programs.
Andrew became the center of attention around this time last year when he broke the Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY) Twitter photo scandal, posting photographs of Weiner on his websites. He also gained widespread notoriety in 2009 when his second blog endeavor, BigGovernment.com, premiered with hidden camera video footage taken by Hannah Giles and James O’Keefe at ACORN offices in various cities, attracting nationwide attention.
Born in 1969, Wikipedia notes that Breitbart grew up in a liberal, secular family but changed his political views after experiencing an “epiphany” during the Clarence Thomas hearings. Thereafter, he began describing himself as “a Reagan conservative” with libertarian sympathies.
The first Breitbart Award honoree will be announced later this week, along with the names of honorees of other awards that will be presented at the official Awards Luncheon on Saturday, June 9, 2012. For more information or to register for this year’s conference, click here: