Lincoln Day Dinner Comes to Rochester

Lincoln Day Dinner

The Royal Park Hotel in Downtown Rochester hosted the 125th Lincoln Day Dinner. The event was started by a group of Republicans on January 6, 1888 in the Club room of the Oakland Gazette in Pontiac, to take steps in forming an Oakland County Republican Club. The first banquet was held in 1890 at the Opera House in Pontiac.

Keynote Speaker Rand Paul at the 125th Lincoln Day Dinner - photo by Michael Dwyer

Keynote Speaker Rand Paul at the 125th Lincoln Day Dinner – photo by Michael Dwyer

The Oakland County Lincoln Day Dinner is the oldest in the country and this was the first time it came to the Royal Park Hotel. Hundreds of supporters came to see many of the Republican candidates running this election cycle. The keynote speaker was the junior U.S. Senator from Kentucky.

Kentucky Sends Rand Paul

Elected in 2010, Senator Paul is champion for constitutional liberties and fiscal responsibility. Paul supports term limits, balancing the budget and auditing the Federal Reserve. As keynote, he asked for people to vote Republican on Tuesday, and especially pushed to get candidate Terry Lynn Land elected to reach a majority in the U.S. Senate.

Governor Rick Snyder

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder wants four more years to serve - photo by Michael Dwyer

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder wants four more years to serve – photo by Michael Dwyer

Michigan’s Attorney General Bill Schuette introduced Governor Snyder by saying, “With Rick Snyder at the helm, Michigan will keep moving forward.”

Asking for a second term to continue the move forward, the Governor was proud of the work the Republican lead government has done in the state. He wants to keep the momentum going after the election to keep Michigan going and growing.

“If you look at Washington – What a mess,” said Snyder. He spoke highly of the job Michigan has done to recover.

Republican Push to Get out the Vote

Michigan's Attorney General Bill Schuette Encouraged Republicans to Get Our The Vote - photo by Michael Dwyer

Michigan’s Attorney General Bill Schuette Encouraged Republicans to Get Our The Vote – photo by Michael Dwyer

Many of Oakland County Republicans were in the audience. However, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson sent his thoughts by video. He joked by saying “Tell your Republican friends to vote on November 4th and tell your Democrat friends to vote on November 5th.” The election is of course on Tuesday, November 4, and he encouraged everyone to make sure they vote.

Bill Schuette said, “Our Republican team is going to win,” and asked supporters to “work hard and make calls. Michigan is going forward.”

Terri Lynn Land asked for your Vote on November 4 - photo by Michael Dwyer

Terri Lynn Land asked for your Vote on November 4 – photo by Michael Dwyer

Several people spoke to remind those in attendance that every vote counts, including Terri Lynn Land. Terri Lynn Land pushed her plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Health Care Act, nicknamed Obama Care. She is currently trailing in the poles behind the Democratic candidate, Gary Peters. Other races are close, but most poles suggest the Republicans will win big in Oakland County and throughout the state the Michigan.

About Michael Dwyer

Michael Dwyer is a freelance content provider. Michael writes about happenings in the Rochester area, travels across Michigan and destinations around the world. Contact him at [email protected].

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