CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations will visit West Virginia next month. John Bolton is scheduled to be the keynote speaker for the state Republican Party’s Freedom Dinner on Sept. 19.

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John Bolton

“We are excited to have him, particularly right now with all the international intrigue and international turmoil that we’re seeing, having a former ambassador to the United Nations seems very appropriate,” Conrad Lucas, state Republican Party chair, said.

“I know that folks around West Virginia will be anxious to hear him speak, as I certainly am as well.”

The details of the event were expected to be released on Tuesday afternoon.

Bolton is a replacement for Dinesh D’Souza, a conservative filmmaker, who was originally scheduled to headline a state GOP event on Sept. 19.

D’Souza’s appearance was canceled amid criticisms because he is scheduled to be sentenced in New York the following week on charges related to “straw donors.” He faces up to 16 months in prison for giving $20,000 to others to donate to political campaigns.

“Sometimes, we just need to google a little further,” Lucas said of the D’Souza decision on Tuesday’s MetroNews “Talkline.”

Bolton, he said, is an excellent replacement. “It was thinking about what’s going on in the world and what would be of interest and you can’t avoid headlines right now of the crisis in the Middle East, of situations the United States is involved with and that folks have heightened concern with,” Lucas said.

“Getting a person who gives an international focus on very timely issues was the approach that we went after.”

Bolton, an attorney, served as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations from Aug. 2005 to Dec. 2006 during the Bush Administration. From 2001 to 2005, he was the undersecretary of state for arms control and international security.

Currently, he is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute where his research is focused on U.S. foreign and national security policy.

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  • Harpers Ferry

    John Bolton has never encountered a war he didn't like.

    • For WV

      John Bolton stands for freedom and not terrorism. You probably wouldn't defend the US if terrorists were coming right into your home.

      • Dumb Liberals

        The "Fairy from Harper" is a soldier in the army of Sharpton-Jackson. He will assault any store front and loot for booze and shoes. For he is the poster child of the naacp and the entitlement crowd. He's never met a window he can't smash and grab.

  • David Kennedy

    Mr. Bolton is not a light-weight...
    I'm surprised and very impressed that he is coming to West Virginia.
    I hope he can do an interview state wide with Metro News...
    Like I said before...I'm very impressed!
    Showing the future importance of West Virginia.

  • arp

    Bolton is a good choice. Brilliant and able guy. Wish we had someone like that today!

  • wv4evah

    The WVa Republican Party continues its decline into irrelevance

    • For WV

      Wishful thinking on your part.

  • Dumb Liberals

    This is a very intelligent public figure and well worth listening to. A man of reason and integrity. Ambassador Bolton does not mince words and recognized the democrats' m0r0n for what he really is, well ahead of the others.

  • RogerD

    Hey Conrad,
    Are you calling the beheading of journalists and the raping and murdering of Christians examples of "international intrigue"? You and others like the Rove RINO's are the reason Republicans will struggle in November.

    • RogerD

      I happen to believe that John Bolton is an excellent choice to speak at the event. He is a man of integrity and principle. I am hopeful that perhaps some of his character will rub off on the current WV GOP and some of the folks leaving comments on this board that have a tendency to fly off the handle before absorbing the intent of my comments.

      • The bookman


        I agree with your statement. I heard Lucas making his comments regarding Bolton's appearance and he really lived up to the continued impression of being intellectually light given his forward position in the party. International Intrigue? What a trivial perception of the powder keg the rest of us observe on today's world stage. The Republican Party needs true conservative leadership if they really want to take the reins. Lucas continues to fall short in my view.

    • For WV

      Hey Roger,
      Quit taking things out of context and quit name calling. Shows your poor character.

    • Dumb Liberals

      Kool Aid!!! Get you blueBarry Kool Aid!!! Roger the "D" for Dumb Liberal needs more blueBarry Kool Aid. Put you money on blue, 'cause its going to come up RED in November!

    • bob

      Are you an idiot? The Republicans will take the Senate, they have the house and in 3 yrs the presidency! Keep voting dem and you won't have a job!