Police in Maryland are investigating an incident that took place at CPAC across the street from the Gaylord National Resort involving a body that fell from a parking structure.
Sources are saying they believe it could be a suicide but nothing has been verified.
CPAC attendees reported that the man fell to the ground from the top floor of the parking garage at Bobby McKey Dueling Piano Bar and many CPAC attendees witnessed the aftermath of the incident on the way to morning activities.
NATIONAL HARBOR — Police barricading area where a man just fell to his death, apparently from top floor of parking garage, blocks from CPAC pic.twitter.com/xDMCM0Ri9t
— Tim Alberta (@TimAlberta) February 23, 2017
The body has not yet been identified by police and it is not clear if the deceased was a CPAC attendee.
The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is an annual political conference attended by conservative activists and elected officials from across the United States.
CPAC is hosted by the American Conservative Union and more than 100 other organizations contribute in various ways.
The conference was founded in 1973 by the American Conservative Union and Young Americans for Freedom as a small gathering of dedicated conservatives. The 2010 CPAC featured co-sponsorship for the first time from the John Birch Society and GOProud.
Speakers have included Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Pat Buchanan,Karl Rove, Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, Tony Snow, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Allen West, Michele Bachmann, Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity, Donald Trump, Gary Johnson, and other conservative public figures.
In 2011, ACU took CPAC on the road with its first Regional CPAC in Orlando, Florida. Since then ACU has hosted regional CPACs in Chicago, Denver, St. Louis, and San Diego. Political front runners take the stage at this convention.
In 2017, CPAC extended an invitation to conservative blogger Milo Yiannopoulos to speak at the event, despite his history of inflammatory and controversial views on feminism, racial minorities, and transgender people. Yiannopoulos had previously been banned from Twitter after allegedly inciting racial and sexual harassment towards SNL cast member Leslie Jones. The invitation was cancelled when tapes surfaced in which Yiannopoulos is heard making comments interpreted as defending sexual relationships between adult men and younger boys, though he later claimed to be joking.
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