As a point of information (since I was helping with the conference earlier in the year) here's why I won't be attending. I don't want to add anything, I will let these emails from last night speak for themselves:
"From: Eileen Levandoski
To: Brian Moran, Creigh Deeds, Susan Swecker, Lowell Feld, Kris Amundson, Bob Brink, Not Sabato
From: Not Larry Sabato
To: Brian Moran, Creigh Deeds, Susan Swecker, Lowell Feld, Kris Amundson, Bob Brink, Eileen Levandoski
Thanks for the update Eileen. I think you did an amazing job with the
Blackout blog, and for Jim Webb/Phil Kellam last year on the blogs.
Your blogging is aggressive, but it should be against some of these
I don't know Hampton Roads politics very well, but I have seen you get
trashed on all the conservative blogs down there, usually on very
partisan issues. The personal venom you have faced is ridiculous.
I also think it is awful that they excluded you in any way from this
conference. Like I told you before, I'm not going to go to this event
and mingle with people that are excluding a legitimate blogger like
yourself for any reason. The only thing that would do is encourage
and endorse that behavior.
Finally, Lowell's thoughts here:
"From: Lowell Feld
To: Brian Moran, Creigh Deeds, Susan Swecker, Kris Amundson, Bob Brink, Eileen Levandoski, Not Larry Sabato
Eileen is a courageous woman to stand up to these
right wingers and deserves all of our support.
Thanks to Ben for not participating in a
conference that excludes her. - Lowell"