Republicans rock at Lincoln Day Dinner in Daytona

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Lincoln Day Dinner keynote speaker Congressman Ron DeSantisHeadline Surfer videos produced by Multimedia Editor Serafina Frederick / Congressman Ron DeSantis, shown at left, brought the house down at the annual Lincoln Day Dinner on Friday night at the Daytona Beach Resorts & Conference Center in Daytona Beach, the chief fundraiser for the Volusia County Republican Party.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Who says Volusia County's Republicans can't rock?

Feeding off of the mightily successful November campaign victories of County Chair Jason Davis of Edgewater, dist. 3 Council member Deb Denys and dist. 3 Council member Pat Patterson, as well as Dorothy Hukill for the dist. 8 State Senate seat and State Reps. David Santiago of Deltona and Dave Hood of Ormond Beach, all newcomers to their elected posts, there's plenty of momentum continuing to build on six months later. 

When you consider that Davis not only upset the favored Carl Persis for the chairmanship, he crushed him, as did Hukill over term-limited County Chair Frank Bruno, the Democratic party stalwart, the GOP leaders on the executive committee can stand tall as they did Friday night at the annual Lincoln Day Dinner fundraiser with 400-plus strong attendees.

And to add icing to the cake, the Republicans saw that like Marco Rubio, the more recent newbie, Congressman Ron DeSantis, has the makings of a rock star as he demonstrated at the podium Friday night with wit, grit and common sense with his true brand conservatism.

And while Gov. Rick Scott's appearance drew some protestors outside, it was like night and day inside the ballroom where patriotic songs, the pledge of Allegiance and the impassioned opening prayer by Deltona City Commissioner Webster Barnaby, a sure-fire rising star in Volusia County politics, were reasons to celebrate -- to rock on!

With that said, Headline Surfer has produced a two-part video collection with 75 still photos of the attendees to the tune of classic rock songs -- part 1 with Grand Funk Railroad's "We're an American Band" and part 2 with Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World."


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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.