U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will headline conservapalooza in Denver

Sessions caused some uproar locally after revoking the Obama-era Cole Memorandum, which some interpreted as a threat to Colorado’s legal marijuana law.

Jeff Sessions. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr/Creative Commons)
Jeff Sessions. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr/Creative Commons)
Jeff Sessions. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr/Creative Commons)

The headliner for next month’s Western Conservative Summit in Denver will be none other than U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions, whose been among the most conservative — and controversial — voices in President Trump’s cabinet.

The summit is organized by the Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University and is billed as the largest gathering of conservatives outside Washington. The summit takes place from June 8 to 9 at the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver.

A release from organizers said Sessions will speak on Friday. Sessions caused some uproar locally after revoking the Obama-era Cole Memorandum, which some interpreted as a threat to Colorado’s legal marijuana law. This issue was resolved last month with work by U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, who’s also scheduled to attend the summit.

Thousands of people are expected to attend for this year’s summit, whose theme this year is “Fortifying Freedom.”

“We are proud to host this exciting lineup of exceptional speakers,” Centennial Institute director Jeff Hunt said in the release. “The Western Conservative Summit is recognized as the national forum where open dialogue celebrates conservative values, faith, family and freedom for our future.”

The summit will feature a who’s who of conservative thought leaders, media personalities and policy makers. More than 40 conservative figures are slated to attend. They include former U.S. attorney general and Ronald Reagan cabinet member Edwin Meese, nationally syndicated radio host and NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch, video bloggers Diamond and Silk and Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivor Kyle Kashuv.

Also attending: The guy from “Growing Pains“!

U.S. Rep. Ken Buck is also scheduled to speak, as well as former congressman Tom Tancredo and Colorado attorney general candidate George Brauchler.

All four Colorado Republican gubernatorial candidates will get a chance to speak at the event, which comes a few weeks before the June 26 primary. They include Greg Lopez, Victor Mitchell, Doug Robinson and State Treasurer Walker Stapleton.

Stapleton, widely seen as the party’s frontrunner, released a new television ad this week with a message that will likely resonate with the conservative summit attendees.

The summit will include interactive workshops, book signings and a exhibit trade show, according to the release. It will include the annual William L. Armstrong Gala on Saturday and present Meese with the Armstrong award, for “visionary leadership in service to the American idea.” Meese will join former congresswoman Michele Bachmann and Focus on the Family founder James Dobson as recipients of the award.

Esteban L. Hernandez

Author: Esteban L. Hernandez

Esteban L. Hernandez is covering politics and other general assignment topics for Denverite. A native of Aurora, he previously worked at the New Haven Register and Register Citizen in Connecticut. He's a graduate of Hinkley High School in Aurora and the University of Colorado. He can be reached at 303-502-2805, ehernandez@denverite.com or @EstebanHRZ on Twitter.