Live streaming video of his announcement tonight at 8:30 ET. http://www.alankeyes.com
I know there are a few members here that have supported Dr. Keyes in the past.
Keyes to reveal plans in Hazleton
Thursday, 10 April 2008
By TOM RAGAN
Former GOP presidential candidate Alan Keyes has apparently picked Hazleton as the place where heï¿½??ll tell why he left the Republican Party and why he is ready to accept the nomination for president from the Constitution Party.
Keyes will make ï¿½??a major announcementï¿½?? about his intentions Tuesday, according to his Web site. He is planning a press conference at ï¿½??the Best Western hotel in Hazleton, Pa.,ï¿½?? the site reports.
A representative of Genetti Best Western Inn and Suites on Route 309 in Hazle Township said, as of Wednesday afternoon, the Keyes campaign had not reserved space for Tuesday.
However, Dan Smeriglio of Voice of the People USA, a conservative citizens group based in Hazleton, said he is assisting the Keyes campaign team in setting up the press conference and hopes to have plans finalized by today.
The Keyes campaign could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
According to Smeriglio, Keyes wants to make the announcement in Hazleton because of the cityï¿½??s stance on illegal immigration.
ï¿½??A good portion of his speech next week will center on illegal immigration,ï¿½?? Smeriglio said. Voice of the People USA opposes illegal immigration, and Smeriglio and his group have been outspoken on the issue since Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta introduced the Illegal Immigration Relief Act.
Barletta said the Keyes campaign has not contacted him about Tuesdayï¿½??s event.
ï¿½??I commend him for choosing Hazleton for his announcement and having the courage to come,ï¿½?? Barletta said, noting that the three major presidential candidates have declined invitations to visit Hazleton. He made it clear he is not endorsing anyone for president.
Keyes left the Republican Party last month but hasnï¿½??t publicly explained why he chose to do so. He is expected to accept an invitation to be the Constitution Partyï¿½??s nominee for president.
The Constitution Party will hold a nominating convention April 23-26 in Kansas City.
In a news release on Keyesï¿½?? Web site, he describes the U.S. presidential race as ï¿½??a highly irregular, undemocratic, media-controlled electoral process that appears aimed at giving voters little or no say about whom ultimately governs them.ï¿½??
The Tuesday press conference will be streamed live on his Web site, according to the release.